Hokey Poke Food Bar

Having a ‘mild’ food obsession and an extreme adventurous spirit, I gave Ryan no choice but to accompany me on a lunch date to this hip, new and fresh eatery in the city bowl. Hokey Poke is Cape Town’s first ever stand-alone poke-bowl bar.


A poke-bowl is a dish that finds its origin across the oceans in Hawaii but has gained recent popularity through social media channels. Unlike many modern trends, this doesn’t seem to be another fad that we’ll forget about tomorrow – This dish has been around for many years and has only grown in popularity – It is here to stay!

The reason for this is simple: fresh ingredients, healthy combinations and super tasty flavours. A traditional poke bowl is made with raw tuna, sticky rice, edamame beans and Kombu. According to EatOut, the owner, Max Botha, found his inspiration whilst traveling abroad and knew that he needed to attract customers by providing a greater range of options. This led to 7 pre-designed bowls with flavour combinations from all over the globe, as well as the option to make your own bowl by choosing individual ingredients, catering for those with food intolerances.

I chose number 5: pomegranate-and-ponzu dressed salmon, avocado, edamame beans, pickled beetroot, radish, baby shoots and salmon crackling. Each bowl also comes with a choice of a base: sticky rice, brown rice, Thai slaw, kale chips or gluten-free nachos ; and choice of a sauce.


Besides the look and taste of the bowls, the décor also grabbed my attention: clean, fresh, and quirky. Those who have seen the insta-share photos will be familiar with the bright neon-pink lights – it is a true Tokyo downtown meets 90s pop-culture vibe. It matches the hustle-and-bustle of the city and the artistic flare that has become a Cape Town signature.


Hokey Poke’s main restaurant is situated on Church Street in the city centre. They have also secured a stall at the Mojo Market on Main Road in Seapoint and are soon opening a new branch at the V&A Waterfront.

Hokey Poke is still in the process of applying for a liquor license, but I didn’t mind as my kombucha matched my hearty bowl perfectly. I was in health heaven 😉 !

Next-time you’re in the city and have a few minutes to grab a quick lunch – Make a stop at Hokey Poke, it’s a unique must-try restaurant!


Buxton, M. (2017, February 13) Hokey Poke, Cape Town’s first dedicated poke restaurant, is now open. Retrieved from: http://www.eatout.co.za/article/hokey-poke-cape-towns-first-dedicated-poke-restaurant-now-open/



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