Sushi burritos and poke bowls have arrived! South Bank welcomes Suki and Ramen
It was September last year that we predicted the Hawaiian poke bowl to be the next big food trend in Australia, and we’ve been dreaming about them ever since. Well, friends, the wait is finally over. Brisbane will soon have a dedicated poke bowl destination right in the heart of South Bank when Suki opens its doors next Tuesday April 18. Oh, and did we mention it also does sushi burritos?
“Sushi burritos?!” we hear you exclaim. Yes, sushi burritos! Together with poke bowls, sushi burritos have been causing a bit of a frenzy in the USA – because who doesn’t love fun food that’s also healthy? It was only a matter of time before this colourful concept made its way to Brisbane, and after a trip to the States to suss the fuss, owners Eddie Isik (of Olé Restaurant Group) and Leon McNiece decided to create Suki.
If you’re still a little confused about what poke bowls and sushi burritos even are, allow us to indulge you. Quite simply, poke bowls are vibrant raw fish salads, originating from Hawaii as a humble dish to use up offcuts of reef fish. And a sushi burrito is almost exactly what you are thinking – a giant, delicious, sushi roll from the gods. Suki’s concept is simple – you can either roll, or bowl. Start with that choice, and bear in mind that your sushi burrito can come wrapped in nori or a tortilla. Next, select your base – four kinds of rice, quinoa and kale, or green leaves. Step three is protein, where you can go traditional with five sustainable raw-fish choices, or get a little steamy with karaage chicken, organic tofu or sticky soy and ginger beef. Things start to get saucy with step five (think sriracha ponzu, creamy togarashi and soy and ginger sauces), then you can fill up your burrito or bowl with a selection of veggies, and top it all off with the likes of wasabi peas, tobiko (roe), pickled ginger and seaweed salad.
If you’re currently wiping the drool from your mouth, it’s a wasted effort – because there is more. Right next door to the ultra-kawaii Suki is its equally cute sibling Ramen, which quietly opened its doors this week. No prizes for guessing what’s on offer here – on the simple menu you can choose from pork, chicken or vegetable ramen in the style of your liking, including miso, shoyu and tsukemen, plus sides such as gyoza, agedashi tofu and pork-belly kakuni.
Ramen is now open, with Suki opening to the public on Tuesday April 18. If you (and your Instagram account) are dying to get your poke bowl on, head to our Stumble Guide for opening hours and contact details.
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