It’s official. The poké craze has hit Brisbane.
“The queues have been out the door,” says Leon McNiece. “The very first people we had through the place had been stalking us [on Instagram].”
McNiece is co-owner of Suki, Brisbane’s first dedicated poké bowl and sushi burrito store. He and business partner Eddie Isik opened the fresh, 60-seat, pink, white and blue Grey Street diner on Easter Monday.
“Our inspiration came from travelling throughout the US. The first place I saw was actually a place called Soho Sushi Burrito in Las Vegas,” McNiece says. “We absolutely fell in love with the food and decided we really wanted to bring it back to Australia.”
Poké (pronounced “poh-keh”) is a Hawaiian dish of seasoned, diced raw fish. The traditional food is a popular, protein rich meal in demand among modern diners. It also happens to look great on Instagram.
At Suki each poké bowl or sushi burrito is made to order. You begin with a warm base – there are three types of rice; greens; quinoa; and kale or kelp noodles. Next comes a serving of protein – five choices of raw fish (tuna, snapper, kingfish, salmon, swordfish) or three hot options (katsu chicken, organic tofu or soy and ginger beef). Add a Sriracha ponzu or wasabi-mayo sauce for kick, or go traditional with a soy and ginger base or sesame oil. Fill it out as you wish with bean sprouts, spinach, edamame, coriander, orange, corn, pickled daikon, wasabi peas, fried shallots, a soy egg and much more.
“[It’s] about having a place to go to get something fresh and healthy,” McNiece says. “The fact you can create your own meal every time you go in makes it a different experience every time.”
And is a sushi burrito just a giant sushi roll? “It’s all the same sort of fillings,” McNeice says. “The filling is the same as a poké bowl, but you can wrap it up in seaweed or a tortilla.”
Suki is licensed with a limited beer and wine menu. Kombucha and specialty iced teas will soon fill out the fridges.
McNiece and Isik plan to open two more Suki outlets at Gasworks in Newstead and on Oxford Street in Bulimba.
182 Grey Street, South Bank
Mon to Sun 11am–9pm