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Hokey Poke (City Bowl)

Hokey Poke (City Bowl)
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Cost
R95 avg main meal
Ambience
Bar scene, Business meetings, Quick meals
Food
Asian, Health food, Seafood
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R45

Critic's review

Amy Ebedes

Food

Hokey Poke is the first stand-alone restaurant in Cape Town to offer the trendy Hawaiian dish poké and, judging by our first taste, it’s a trend that will stick around for a while.

As soon as you step up to order your food at the till, you’re confronted with a huge selection of options. Diners can choose between the six house dishes or be brave and opt for the build-your-own option. Since it’s our first visit (and to be honest, we’re a little overwhelmed at the number of ingredients), we decide to order two of the prepared bowls.

The bowls are quickly assembled at the counter and delivered to your table. Diners have the option of substituting the sticky rice for slaw, baby leaves or gluten-free nachos.

We choose the #5 bowl, which is a fabulous assortment of sticky rice, salmon, salmon crackling, edamame beans, pickled beetroot, radish, avocado and pomegranate-and-ponzu sauce. Our other dish, Hot 4, is the nachos bowl, featuring hot tuna, pineapple, avo, jalapeños, coriander, spring onions and Santa Anna nacho chips.

The verdict? It’s as fresh as it gets, and the combination of flavours is fantastic. Towards the end of the meal, we forego our chopsticks for a fork. Not an iota shall be left behind.

The menu is constantly being adapted to include seasonal produce, including the likes of samphire, kombu, fresh fruits and more.

Drinks

Hokey Poke doesn’t currently have a liquor licence, but the drinks fridge is stocked with bottles of kombucha, mineral water and glass-bottled sodas.

Service

Friendly and prompt. Owner Max Botha is seemingly everywhere, both assisting behind the counter and walking the floor, checking on customers. He’s very clearly passionate about poké (and rightfully so), and seems to be quickly finding his feet in the restaurant industry.

Each dish is assembled to order, so don’t expect to pop in to collect a ready-made dish. It’s worth the short wait.

End off your meal with a Las Paletas lolly.

Ambience

Hokey Poké has made clever use of a very small space. White tiles make it feel much larger than it is, and the signature purple neon palm tree gives it a trendy edge.

And…

Keep your eye out for the Downtown Saturday Brunch, launching in the near future.

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User reviews

  • A year down the road and Hokey Poke are still hip and happening with food that is still a breath of fresh in a space that is often staid and out of ideas. their food remains amazing cheeky and fresh. If you want somewhere to go that is unique on fronts, Hokey Poke is calling you.
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  • I haven't stopped thinking about the Poke bowl I had two months ago. The food is crazy delicious and healthy, the vibe is awesome and the service is fantastic. The portions are filling and the prices are worth the explosion of tastes. Hokey Poke is a must!
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  • It is bizarre that anyone would bother to go here twice. To say the food is average would be a compliment, I am concerned that the so called trendy crowd in Cape Town have got such low standards. What a let down.
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  • The food was a welcome change from my normal not so healthy fast food option. I had the diced Tuna option 1 on a bed of sticky rice and seaweed and other additions that was really tasty and healthy. I felt good after the meal and full of energy. The décor in the space has a clever twist to it and I highly recommend paying them a visit.
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Menu

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
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  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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