Mahalo Poke (Invited)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Mahalo Poke is a new venue owned by the team behind the Botherambo. The team consists of Head Chef Kim-Maree Moore, Soda, Nathan and The Pige. It's located close to Richmond station which makes it accessible for those who use public transport.

When we arrived, we're welcomed by the host and they gave us a piece of paper to order the food based on the base (soba noodles, brown rice, jasmine rice, and kale) and the option bowl (main dish) ticked. While waiting for the food, we ordered the signature cocktail called Mahalo Holika and a lemon lime mocktail for the non-alcoholic option. The cocktail is mixed with gin, tonic, and coconut cream. 
Personally, I don't really like it because it doesn't mix quite well with the coconut cream even though it's very creative.

We chose:
Spicy Salmon (edamame, pickled ginger, cucumber, red onion, corn, carrot, purple cabbage, soy tahini) with the brown rice. It costs $15.
Mochiko Fried Chicken (pickled chilli, pineapple, corn, edamame, cucumber, tonkatsu and wasabi mayo) + soba noodles

Both dishes are well presented, nicely done and mixed with different colour. Personally, I don't really like the Mochicko Fried Chicken with soba noodles because they put too much soy sauce mixed with the noodles, therefore I can only taste soy sauce. In addition, it doesn't go well with the pineapple. Next time, I'll ask for less sauce. However, the fried chicken is perfectly cooked and well seasoned. I believe it would taste better if you choose jasmine rice for the base rather than soba noodle. The spicy salmon has a decent size serving of salmon and toppings. The combination of other ingredients such as pickled ginger, cucumber, red onion, corn, carrot, purple cabbage, soy tahini work quite well. If I can suggest, it would taste better if they give a different sauce in the Spicy Salmon.

The event started at Botherambo since they want to showcase their speciality cocktails and ended at Mahalo Poke with their creation of the poke bowl. They first opened only for UberEats which I think it was smart to test the market and give people a glimpse of what's coming. Throughout the event the hosts were really friendly and it ended the night nicely.

Mahalo Poké Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Mahalo Poke
77 Swan St
Richmond, VIC 3121
Weekdays: 7.30am-10pm
Weekends: 8am-10pm