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Ono Poké Eatery

Ono Poké Eatery
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Cost
R80 avg main meal
Ambience
Bar scene, Groups, Local cuisine
Food
Asian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No corkage fee

Critic's review

Marie-Lais Emond

Food
The breakfast bowls look delicious, ranging from simple yoghurt-and-fruit bowls to excitingly complex ones like the Protein Choc or Acai Berry. The poké bowls are scrumptious. You can build your own, but the house choices are wonderful. Try the Yuzu Tun, featuring superb tuna sourced from the same topmost supplier that supplies Marble. Cubed, the tuna is springy and fresh, nestling in the bowl with a kiwi-fruit salsa, a fine cabbage slaw, paper-thin radish slices, sweetly pickled yellow peppers, avocado slices and gleaming black rice. The yuzu dressing is made with fresh yuzu juice. The overall texture is a wonderful melange – ranging from soft to crisp. The tastes are just as interesting, featuring sweet, sour, tart, and tangy.

The prawn Sriracha bowl is quite different, full of surprisingly large chopped prawns with cashews, Sriracha, sugar-snap peas, slaw, radishes and avo slices, with brown rice. There are also salmon and chicken bowls, as well as the option to swap out the protein in any of the bowls with tofu or chickpeas.

For something sweet, go for bowls like the black rice pudding or the chia seed pudding bowl. The former’s warm rice is glossy with slightly sweetened rich coconut cream, and topped with fresh strawberries. The chia seed pudding bowl is made with beetroot and chocolate and is served cold, with coconut curls and strawberries. The thick and fruity house shakes should also make for good post-lunch rewards.

Drinks
There are good choices of coffee available, with all of them excellent. Their Superlattes come in turmeric, matcha and beetroot flavours. You can build your own fresh juices, too, but the apple, celery and cucumber choice is balanced and beautifully refreshing. Also go for the protein shakes, or those house shakes.

Service
It’s all self-service here. Collect your menu, order and pay for your food at the counter.

Ambience
All staff greet you with a warm Aloha. This isn’t a place intended for hanging out for long periods, but it’s comfortable enough. The seating area is under metal banana-palm fronds and there are also sisal-and-wood swings by the open windows where you can seat yourself. Everything is eco-conscious, including the take-away dishes, which seem plastic but are not.

And…
In a part of Joburg fairly amply supplied with poké options, Ono stands out as being dedicated to poké, with everything as fresh as can be.

(October 2017)

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User reviews

  • I went to Ono Eatery yesterday and I was so keen based on the reviews, the look and feel of the establishment and the awesome social media pics. The food did not disappoint - it was so delicious. We had two smoothie bowls and americanos. The service however, especially for a new'ish establishment, was shocking to say the least. We were not greeted when we came in and we were ignored the whole time as if it was an inconvenience that we were there. We were the only customers in the store the entire time that we sat down yet we got our coffee in takeaway cups which we brought to our own table, we had to request and fetch the milk ourselves and then we had to fetch our smoothie bowls too. It's a sit-down restaurant no? The two staff members spent much of their time in the kitchen seemingly bickering with kitchen staff, or I am not sure what was going on - it was noisy. The food is fantastic but the service has left a bitter taste in my mouth. Would only suggest ordering via UberEats if you're keen for their scrumptious food.
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  • I had been eyeing out Ono Eatery for a while and very eager to try it. Very nice decor and fresh ingredients with tasty food (albeit over priced). Was dissapointed by the service however. The man, appearing to be the manager, was highly stressed and openly rude to staff (one of my worst things - managers confronting their staff disrespectfully and in front of customers). After breaking a bowl he also swore very loudly. Not sure I’ll be going back any time soon.
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  • I was thoroughly impressed with the friendly and helpful staff and the absolutely delicious food. The ingredients are fresh and absolutely divine. The decor is beautiful and gives a great ambience.
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Menu

Set menu - Ono - Updated October 2017

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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