Poké has crept into our gastrosphere in a rather significant way over the past 18 months. Pit stops have been popping up all over the show, but Auckland’s latest has a localised point of difference. Conceived by a group of school friends — Ra, Nav and Hutu — who decided to take a punt at their own business, Ika Bowl offers the Hawaiian/Polynesian delicacy with a twist of Pacifica.
Nestled into the corner of Fort Lane and Snickel Lanes, the sleek little hole-in-the-wall offers a fresh tuna, salmon or poached chicken bowl with greens and rice, spicy sriracha aioli, tamari almonds, coconut shavings, mango and other island-inspired flavours. Having opened their doors last Monday to sell out almost every day since, the steady stream of customers suggests two things — 1) that the poké trend isn’t going anywhere. And 2) that Ika Bowl is A-okay.
Being young, Maori and conscious of their demographic’s underrepresentation in the food realm, the trio is proud to be serving food that harkens to their heritage.”We felt there wasn’t much positive business-driven representation within both our own community and wider New Zealand. We also found that the trending poké theme aligned very closely to the traditional Ika Mata/Oka (raw fish salads) that we have all grown up around.”
Monday to Thursday, 11am till 5.30pm
Friday & Saturday, 11am till late
Corner of Fort Lane and Snickel Lanes