Poke (pronounced: Poh-Keh) is a Hawaiian cuisine. I had my first poke at Da Poke Shack in Kailua, Kona. This is a very small shop on Alii Dr, if you drive too fast, you would miss it kind of small.
Poke is a raw fish salad, usually marinated with sesame oil, soy sauce and onions. The menu was really simple, a Poke Bowl ($5) and a couple of Hawaiian food combos. Simple menu, with a lot of different types of seafood salads.
The guys behind the counters were super nice, and friendly. They were really enthusiastic on helping us choosing what we would like. He let me try almost everything at the counter. It was like I was at an ice cream shop, trying all the different types of Poke flavors. Every time they caught me staring at something, they’d ask me if I wanted to try it. That was super cool.
I stopped trying things before I get full from sampling, and I got a Poke Bowl with traditional Ahi Tuna Poke on Sushi rice. I had a choice between regular rice, brown rice or sushi rice, choosing sushi rice with raw fish was a no brainer for me. The bowl came with a big scoop of Ahi Tuna Poke, and was topped with seaweed salad and seaweed seasoning shake.
The portion looked small at first, but it was filling. The Ahi tuna pieces were big, and the marinade was really nice. I liked it a lot. I could taste the soy sauce, the sesame oil, and nothing over powered the tuna. It was fresh, it was yummy. The seaweed salad and the seaweed seasoning shake were really good with rice, I wished there was a little bit more rice than what I was given. Overall it was a really yummy and nice light lunch.
I was recommended to this dive by the people from a local surf shop. I tried to find their restaurant ratings on urbanspoon and yelp, but I had no luck. I would not have known this place existed if it weren’t for the guys at the surf shop, and I’m glad I went. I love their Poke, now I am on the hunt to search for Poke in Vancouver.
You guys gotta visit this place when you’re in Kailua, Kona.
Da Poke Shack
76-6246 Alii Dr.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740