If you were one of the thousands of Adelaide Fringe-goers, who frenzied at their first Poké Me culinary experience this year at the RCC pop up, we have BIG news for you. After waiting for MONTHS and months, while Melbournites enjoyed this delicious, healthy meal, it’s finally our turn. Adelaide’s first permanent Poké Me store had it’s grand opening this week and it was epic. There was literally a line of eager diners out the door, spilling onto the footpath.
The Hawaiian dish that has been modernised to fit seamlessly into Australian culture (with a Japanese inspired twist) will be available at Gawler Place for all you health conscious business professionals, uni students, and those constantly on-the-go.
“Everything is ready to rock and roll,” says co-founder Leigh Morgan.
A joint venture by Leigh Morgan, Toby Yap, and Christian Robertson, Poké Me first opened as a permanent space in Melbourne. With the idea of transforming the traditional poke bowls into a deconstructed sushi bowl, Poké Me became such a success that the team decided to expand.
Poké Me was introduced to Adelaide at the RCC this year, and was warmly received by Adelaide’s food set. Now, the new Adelaide store is being opened by Port Adelaide players, Hamish Hartlett and Tom Jonas.
Due to the quick nature of the food preparation, Poké Me is an easy way to either dine in or take away. Morgan says they’re pretty confident they can turn around Poké bowls in 100 seconds. Another huge plus though is that majority of the ingredients are sourced locally with Japanese spices imported. Aside from Poké bowls, sushi doughnuts and fruit-infused water, functional teas, and Utonic drinks will be readily available.
The price point for a standard vegetarian bowl is $14, with chicken or salmon at $16, and $18 for tuna.
What’s Leigh’s favourite? “A salmon bowl with a green base” he says.
Poké Me will be open 7 days a week 11am-9pm for casual dining – hot tip: Gawler Place has free parking on the weekends.
If you’re not feeling up to coming into the city though, Poké Me is also through UberEats. The Poké Me app and website are set to go live over the next couple of months. We can expect things like a kick-ass loyalty program that rewards customers, special giveaways, and a super easy online ordering system. Because 2017.
Poké Me is located at 92 Gawler Place, Adelaide. They officially open from 11am today, Friday 11 August.