Raw + Rice
After cementing its place as the spot to go on the Sunshine Coast if you’re a die-hard poke lover, Raw + Rice made its way to Brisbane in 2019, opening a chic and minimal spot in California Lane. At Raw + Rice, poke is where the menu starts and ends, but the scope for malleability is large. Diners can pop in and select from one of the suggested bowl combos, or opt to build their own. First, select a base (sushi rice, brown rice, quinoa or mixed greens) then follow it up with your protein of choice – we’re talking salmon, tuna or ocean trout (depending on seasonal availability), white fish, soy tofu or poached chicken. Once the essentials are locked in, get creative with ‘the freshness’ – avocado, red onion, carrot, edamame, wakame, coriander, bean sprouts and much more. The final touches are then added, including sauces such as sesame tahini, ponzu, wasabi mayo or tamari, as well as a bit of crunch from the likes of wasabi peas, crisp shallots, sesame seeds, tobiko or nori. Once you’ve got the perfect poke bowl, you can pair it down with a kombucha, Carton & Co. water, an ice-cold Karma Cola or a fresh whole coconut. All packaging comes from BioPak, which specialises in biodegradable products made from mulched sugar cane. Additionally, Raw + Rice chooses to pluck its staff from the local communities, engaging with schools to provide employment opportunities and training to kids looking to build their resume.