"Do the hokey poke": Tel Aviv restaurants serving up the trendy Hawaiian treat

Put your seaweed in, or take cilantro out, that's what it's all about

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By Keren Brown |

As the whole city seems to be moving towards a healthy lifestyle, so are our lunchtime choices…and that can only mean that poke (pronounced po-keh), the trendy Hawaiian treat, has finally hit the streets of Tel Aviv. Yes, it’s sushi's biggest competitor; kind of like a deconstructed sushi dish with raw fish on top of rice–but there’s a catch. You get to mix-and-match, turning your bowl into a creative canvas of culinary delights. Imagine a fro-yo fest in a salad bowl: choose your rice, then choose from a huge variety of toppings, such as seaweed, several types of raw fish, nuts, seeds, and fresh fruit.

Where to get your poke fix

Poke Shop
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Restaurants, Hawaiian


icon-location-pin Tel Aviv - Jaffa

Pokeshop's owner came over from France after owning several businesses in Los Angeles, and he knows how to spot a trend that is here to stay. Super friendly with world-class service and the freshest everything, this kosher spot just across from Rabin Square has a huge selection, overflowing with goodness and fish varieties–a true gem.

© Tamar Yannay
Restaurants, Hawaiian


icon-location-pin Sarona

Here, for the indecisive poke eater, you can choose from ready-made, tailored choices. Try the “chareef esh” a spicy dish with white rice and red tuna, siracha sauce and spicy mayo–a true feast of fiery flavors. Alternatively, opt for the vegetarian with tofu marinated in their house-sauce, green beans, sprouts, and edamame. Another great choice is the Israeli with a citrus sauce and cilantro. Or you can always freestyle it and make your own!

Ho'opono Pono
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Restaurants, Hawaiian


icon-location-pin White City

This magic spot gets its fresh fish from Shuk HaCarmel, right across the way. Buzzing with an eccentric vibe, a fun and wacky atmosphere, and friendly service, stop by for a huge poke bowl, a tropical smoothie or some cocktails. This place turns into a bar scene in the evening so you can down some Hawaii-inspired cocktails with your treat. Oh and vegans, take note, they keep the fish completely separate so that vegans can get their poke fish-free.

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