Do you want a Poke?

Sunday, 31 July 2016

New layout, new look and a new series here on Mimi Flys! I always used the tag line 'living in the city, working in the sky' for my blog - and although i've posted about the sky part fairly often I do feel like i've neglected my city somewhat.  London - oh, what a wonderful city it is.

So to kick the relaunch off I thought id start an out-and-about series all about lovely little London lunch spots. Il try to keep my ear to the ground and go to some of the loveliest places (oh, what a hardship!) and report back.

First up, somewhere I had a rather delicious lunch yesterday. Ahi Poke on Percy Street. Your going to LOVE it.

Ive been a huge fan of Poke of years, having L.A as your second home does that to you. Poke is such a popular lunch choice over there - its as common to see a Poke bar in L.A as a sushi bar is here in London. Its one of those weird things that once tried, you develop a taste for that wakes you in the middle of the night. A craving that only a Poke fix will resolve. 

If your wondering what Poke is (pronounced POKE-EH and meaning 'cut into peices'), its a colourful and flavourful Hawiian dish. You start with a bowl, traditionally with a layer of rice (although this particular establishment offers a base of Quinoa or kale instead, if your feeling virtuous). 

You then choose your fish, traditionally it is Ahi Tuna, little cubes of marinated and totally tasty raw tuna topped with sesame seeds and soy. Sashimi may well be my 'death-row' dish, so for me this is the stuff of dreams.
Its salty and nutty and sweet all at the same time. *Drool*

Then you move down the chain and add a variety of toppings for texture and crunch. Popular toppings include mushrooms, avocado and sesame - but the list goes on. You then finish it all off with a dressing of your choice, before somebody expertly mixes it all together and hands you some chopsticks. 

I opted for a half quinoa/half kale base, with diced ahi tuna, kimchee cucumbers, radish, red onion, edemane beans and avocado, all mixed together with ponzu dressing and soy sauce. As you can see - it was pretty delicious...

What do I think of Ahi Poke compared to the usual places i visit in L.A? 
Im well and truly impressed, and it certainly satisfied a poke hole id been harbouring since my last trip. I think the portion sizes were huge, I actually had to stop the guy from scooping more quinoa into my bowl, which is unusual to see - No rations here. I also couldn't finish my bowl, again, unusual to see!

Price wise, compared to L.A the Poke here is expensive - but compared to the average take-out lunch in London its kind of the norm. Also, I feel that the price was justified due to the sheer volume of food and the generous helping of fresh tuna.

Taste wise, absolutely amazing. The tuna was melt-in-your-mouth delicious, the sauce was sweet yet salty and everything meshed together beautifully. The only suggestion I'd make is that there be a wider range of toppings available - The usual Seaweed/Nori was missing as was tempura chips, both which would have added a nice crunch. 

So all in all, Ahi Poke is now firmly on my radar and I can get my fix without the 11 hour plane ride. 
SO, Have you been poked yet?

1 comment:

  1. There aren't many spots in NY that have this, this place looks so good


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