Bon Appétit Magazine did a special on Poké bowls about a year ago. A dish that comes from Hawaii but to all intents and purposes looks like a deconstructed maki roll. I immediately set about gathering everything I needed to construct my own at home. Hijiki seaweed from Veritas (dear at 8€ a packet). Sushi grade salmon. Cooked up a couple of portions of sushi rice (wash, rinse, repeat). Tried and fail to locate Tobiko (flying fish roe) substituted salmon fish roe instead. My poké bowl turned out to be delicious but rather a palaver to make.
Loved eating it. Making it – not so much.
Happy days though – Poké Maoli launched a take-away shop not long after in Barceloneta. It took me the better half of a year to try it out but I finally did this weekend.
They have a Sweetgreen set up (a US salad-bar-but-not-as-you-know-it concept) in that as the customer, you have a say in what your finished meal ends up looking like by making choices along the way. Start by picking your size: medium (9.9€) or large (12.9€). Choose your base: salad, sushi rice, brown rice or quinoa. Add your protein. Pick a sauce. Choose 3 toppings, I went for avocado, wakame and edamame. Lastly a couple of garnishes. Get handed your bowl and over to the till to pay.
We had just finished a big lunch at Soho House so I took our salads home as dinner. After circling the fridge a few times. I decided to have a quick taste.
Shortly afterwards, I made the executive decision to have an early dinner.