Poké, pronounced poh-kay, is the next big food trend out of the US according to Poké Me owner, Leigh Morgan (Vinomofo, Mismatch Brewing Co). Although Adelaide born and bred, he opened the first Poké Me in South Yarra, Melbourne in 2016. Leigh, along with business partners and AFL footballers, Hamish Hartlett and Tom Jonas, are set to open their Adelaide doors tomorrow.
“It feels great to open up our third Poké Me store in my hometown,” Leigh says about the anticipation of the store opening in Adelaide. “It’s overwhelming but also comforting that people are so keen to step away from eating the ordinary and try something fast, healthy and new”.
“It’s more of a lifestyle than anything and people have become so much more conscious in what they are putting into their bodies, which is where we see Poké Me to be in the forefront of eating out healthy,” Leigh continues, and Poké is a great way to do that on the go.
Poké Me is housed on Gawler Place right in the city centre, and will be the flagship Australian store aiming to provide “a super clean fast food, with high quality products”.
“[The Adelaide store] is the biggest one so far and every other store that we open in the future will be based around this one,” says Leigh. “In fact our two stores in Melbourne (South Yarra and Hawthorn) have now been altered to fit into the Adelaide design”.
Poké Me puts a Japanese twist on the traditional Hawaiian raw fish salad. “We’ve gone [for] more of a deconstructed sushi bowl,” says Leigh. The menu will be made up of different Poké bowls and sushi. There is a focus on fresh and local produce. “[The] majority of our products are locally sourced from all around Australia and anything authentic for Poké we have sourced from Japan,” says National Marketing Manager, Alex Kleut. “All our packaging is completely environmentally friendly and biodegradable”.
Poké Me will also have a bunch of in house drinks. Konnichiwater with different fresh fruits “which is designed to do specific things to the body,” Leigh says. They’ve also teamed up with Geelong’s Love Tea and will have five functional teas on offer.
Passionate about health and nutrition, Leigh is excited to offer Adelaide “a healthy option you can eat at your desk.” There is a big focus on people being able to get in and out quickly during their work day. But don’t worry if you can’t slip away from your desk, you’ll also be able to find them on UberEATS.
92 Gawler Place, Adelaide
Poké Me Adelaide
Adelaide store photos by Josh Geelen.