A daytime poké peddler on Kingly Street.
Weekday lunchtimes are a terrible trial, the burden of choice weighing heavy as the cross. On the one hand, all anyone really wants is a fat sandwich, but who’s got time for the afternoon carb lull? (And the pervading guilt – these are the dark days of clean eating after all.) A salad? Too worthy. Sushi? Good Lord! Too meagre unless you’ve an expense account.
Enter Island Poké, a Kingly Street spot hawking a speedy take on the increasingly ubiquitous raw fish salad bowls, Hawaiian in origin and here bastardised with Japanese and Californian embellishments. The tiny shop’s interior has a heavy South Pacific vibe, all pale wood and stock photos of beach scenes, with concessions to hipster nonsense in the form of swing seats in the window and profane R&B on the stereo. It’s all very serene.
The ‘concept’ replicates your average burrito-style conveyor-belt building system. Choose a base (brown or sushi rice, or salad), a fish, and then a host of toppings, dressings, sprinkles and so on until you’ve got a sizeable mound of food, crucially occupying the middle ground between Instagrammable delicateness and sriracha-splattered taste explosion.
There are a few standard house combinations. I went for a classic ‘ahi’ bowl, and very good it was too: decent sushi rice topped with marinated tuna shoyu, zingy pineapple chilli salsa and shredded wakame seaweed, embellished with nori and crispy shallots. A piquant dressing of Japanese seven spice, soy and ginger gives pungent high notes, while a liberal drizzle of sriracha mayo whacks you round the chops with soothing, spicy umami. It was excellent stuff and, for south of £8, brilliant value (my companion’s rather cleaner bowl of brown rice, tuna, edamame, ginger and sesame was equally good). Go on, give Pret a poké in the eye.
|Venue name:||Island Poke|
8 Kingly Street
|Transport:||Tube: Oxford Circus|
|Price:||Lunch for two with drinks: around £20|
|Do you own this business?|
Average User Rating
4.4 / 5
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I have been to both Kingly Street and Broadgate Circle now, and this place gets 5/5 in my opinion. Its not just the delicious food at fair value prices, its the overall attention to detail and the ambiance in the shops. Friendly staff, cool music, relaxed atmosphere, and a general happy vibe really makes it a great experience. Yes, the queue is always big... But you cannot really get annoyed at the shop about that, it is the best sign you can get and it almost draws you in.
Broadgate circle has an amazing outdoor seating area with deck chairs overlooking the main circle. I recently went for a late lunch and sat outside with a cold beer and a delicious Poke bowl and watched the world go by with a friend. It was such a nice experience.The lovely shop manager even came up to me and asked politely if I wanted any more wasabi mayonnaise. If you have had this amazing creation you will know what my answer was; "yes please!" Just another example of a friendly atmosphere that is often taken for granted these days.
I recommend Island Poke highly to anyone near Kingly Street or Broadgate Circle, its epic!
You know what... I have had a lot of Poke in my time from all over the world and this is probably the best poke I've ever had. Not only is the fish so flavoursome and delicious, but the sides on offer are very complimentary. The staff are always so friendly, you wish you were friends with them. It is my go to lunch during the working week. I particularly like the Broadgate Circle branch... a very good looking and friendly bunch with GREAT beer x
My favourite place to grab lunch. Poke is the way forward, and this is 100% the best poke bar in London. Fresh, fast and delicious. Hoping they open more stores soon...
I am obsessed with Island Poke - my new favourite lunch spot hands down! Super healthy, always friendly and great location. 10/10!
Best Poke bar ever. Freshest fish, friendly staff and delicious toppings. Wish there was one closer to home...
Small new poké place close to Carnaby Street. Quick, friendly service and fresh food. Always a good choice to have a quick lunch here!
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