Possibly our most colourful round-up yet. Here are the top 20 spots to get your Poke Bowl fix in Bali. Pescetarians, this one's for you...
A firm fave for Bali’s healthy eating crew, Poke Bowls (pronounced poh-keh) are a Hawaiian speciality that are as addictive as they are delicious. A traditional Poke Bowl begins with a base of warm rice, later loaded with organic veggies and Japanese dressings, like ginger, scallion, soy sauce, and sesame oil. The crown jewel? Raw Ahi tuna, often lightly marinated and garnished with a sprinkling of spring onion…
But true to form, Bali’s best restaurants have taken this Hawaiian staple and made it their own. Some have recreated the classic, while others have gone above and beyond with creative twists on the traditional – and the results are “ono” (that’s delicious in Hawaiian, FYI). So without further adieu, here are the best spots around the island to get your Poke fix on. This might just be our most colourful roundup yet….
Bali’s best poke bowls: CANGGU
Sitting half-way between Canggu and Seminyak, the poke at UNIBOWL is worth heading slightly out of town for. Using unique and contemporary ingredients to create the perfect poke recipes (from sashimi and meat to vegetables and grains) each bowl is well-balanced and undeniably delicious. Try the Salmon Bowl with flamed-torched Aburi fillet, or the more traditional Ahi Poke with sashimi tuna, nori, avocado, sesame seeds and wasabi-ginger soy. There’s even vegan and vegetarian options here (we LOVE the Tempeh Bowl!) or if you really want to think outside the poke box, then you can build-your-own-bowls too, with umami-loaded Japanese toppings like onsen eggs, furikake, miso eggplant and allll the spicy ponzu.
UNIBOWL, Jl Batu Belig No. 17, Canggu-Seminyak, p. +62 811 650 0828, e. [email protected]; Open daily 11am – 9pm.
Moana Fish Eatery
One for the pescetarians, Moana is an authentic little Polynesian joint at the top of Jl Batu Bolong in Canggu, decked out with tropical jungle vibes. Food-wise, you can fill ya boots with allll the Hawaiian faves, like sugarcane juice, sashimi, carpaccio, tartare, tataki and BBQ fish, not forgetting that legendary Poke Bowl. With lightly marinated raw tuna, avocado, edamame, cucumber and cabbage (dressed with sesame seeds, scallions and ginger) there’s a reason there’s a queue out the door every evening here…
Moana Fish Eatery, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong No.28, Canggu, p. +62 812 3815 8373; Open daily 11am – 11pm.
Arguably one of Canggu’s very best restaurants, Fishbone Local is all about fresh-from-the-net sustainable fish dishes served up within breezy, industrial-chic interiors. Naturally then, the Poke Bowl here is a knockout, loaded with the finest tuna around, farm-fresh veggies and that unmistakeable Fishbone touch that makes this a firm fave, every night of the week.
Fishbone Local, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong No. 117X, Canggu, p. +62 857 9250 5028, e. [email protected]; Open daily 12pm – late.
While you should definitely come here for the cocktails, Mai Tai’s Tahitian cuisine is a fish-lover’s fantasy-come-true – an entire menu built around the catch of the day. The Ahi Poke Bowl here is our go-to, with tomato, paprika, sesame seeds, spring onion and Poke soy sauce, plus island vibes and happy hours aplenty. Cheers to that!
Mai Tai, Jl Batu Mejan No.100, Canggu, p.+62 813 5398 6409, e. [email protected]; Open daily 11am – 11pm.
A super cute little eatery right in the thick of Canggu, Poke Poke offers creative bowls and custom-made options to order (just pick out what you’d like and chow down). Mix up that butter-soft tuna with sesame crusted tempeh, quinoa, edamame beans and super delish dressings for bowls bursting with flavour. Best bit: whilst you wait for your food, you can dress up in grass skirts, hula necklaces and have a go on their swing (yes, swing) that sits right in the middle of the little resto. Good vibes all round!
Poke Poke, Jl Batu Bolong No.58, Canggu, p. +62 821 4747 8550; Open daily 10am – 10.30pm.
Welcome to the first dedicated matcha café in Bali! This cosy lil’ neighbourhood café serves up (no points for guessing) a menu of matcha-infused goodness, alongside some matcha-less treats too. Sitting pretty on the sensational menu is their own take on the classic Poke Bowl, served with Balinese-style sambal matah, or the classic wasabi mayo dressing. Whichever you choose, you’ll love it so matcha!
Matcha Cafe, Jl Pantai Berawa No.99, Berawa, p. +62 361 907 8674; Open daily 7.30am – 7pm.
Primarily a hand roll sushi bar, this epic little treasure in Canggu also knows how to knock out a solid bowl’o’poke. Select your fave fish (tuna, snapper, salmon or spicy shrimp) or a veggo option (jackfruit, spicy tofu, cucumber + avo), and away you go. Even better news – the prices are super reasonable so there’s no need to break the bank during date night.
TYGR Sushi, JI Pantai Berawa No.999x, Berawa, p. +62 813 3916 3894, e. [email protected]; Open daily 11am – 11pm.
We love this little gem of a Canggu café, with its half-raw food half-naughty food menu just up the road from buzzy Berawa beach. The poke here is uh-mayyyyy-zing, knocked out with sashimi-grade seared tuna, turmeric rice, a mango avocado salsa and creamy chipotle aioli. You’ll want to get the Insta-feed at the ready for this one too, she’s a true Canggu beauty.
Nude, Jl Raya Pantai Berawa No.33, Berawa, p. +62 852 3821 4003, e. [email protected]; Open daily 7am – 10pm.
Beachgarden – Organic Kitchen
A popular tropical hangout in the ‘Gu, Beachgarden – Organic Kitchen rustles up a selection of healthy, wholesome raw dishes in (you guessed it) a garden by the beach. Think brekky bowls, cold pressed juices and of course, their signature Ahi Poke. Gluten and dairy-free and loaded with avocado, seaweed and pickled ginger (we LOVE its ginger-lime marinade, btw), this is one Poke Bowl you don’t wanna miss.
Beachgarden – Organic Kitchen, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong No.103-107, Canggu, p. +62 812 3749 6861; Open daily 7am – 11pm.
Bali Bowls & Smoothies
Bowls, bowls, bowls. Smoothie bowls, breakfast bowls, Buddha bowls, salad bowls, signature bowls and our fave: Poke Bowls. Nutritious, delicious and packed to the bowly brim, try the Berry Snappy Poke Bowl with red snapper, kale, spinach, mint, coconut milk, cherry tomatoes and mixed berries. Yup, we like big bowls and we cannot lie!
Bali Bowls & Smoothies, Jl Segara Perancak, Berawa, p. +62 361 3350092, e. [email protected]; Open daily 7.30am – 10pm.
Bali’s best poke bowls: SEMINYAK
Roll up, roll up, to our fave little Seminyak cafe, cocktail & coffee den. There’s a whole circus of delish dishes on the menu here, but one of the total standouts is Sea Circus’ Summer Poke Bowl. It’s a heady, gluten-free mix of sashimi-grade tuna marinated in a citrus ponzu dressing, served with quinoa, edamame, avocado, radish & wasabi mayo. For the vegetarians out there, switch up the tuna for marinated tofu and you’re all set for a vegan feast of epic proportions.
Sea Circus, Jl Kayu Aya No.22, Seminyak, p. +62 361 738 667, e. [email protected]; Open daily 7.30am – 10pm.
Turn up the Poke swank at Seasalt – the super-chic beachfront restaurant at Alila Seminyak. Inspired by the sea, you can expect a whole host of fruits de mer here, including a scrummy selection of bowls. The Red Rice, Pork or butter-soft Gindara are all super tempting, but for the purists, their Skipjack “Tuna” bowl is simply divine with avocado, kyuri and chirashi rice.
Seasalt, Jl Taman Ganesha No.9, Petitenget – Seminyak, p. +62 361 3021 889, e. [email protected]; Open daily midday – 11pm.
As Seminyak’s trendsetting Melbourne-inspired cafe, it’s no surprise that Sisterfields does the humble Poke Bowl justice – and then some. A glorious mishmash of spicy yellow fin tuna, edamame, nori, rice balls and gochujang mayo, this creamy, crunchy, gooey dish is next level delicious (best enjoyed with a side of their legendary Polenta Fries – just because).
Sisterfields, Jl Kayu Cendana No.7, Seminyak, p. +62 811 3860 507; Open daily 7am – 10pm.
We can never go past this coffee icon without stopping in for a quality brew, but it’s not only the beans here that we’re addicted to. This boutique coffee house also does a mean Poke Bowl, namely its Hawaii Five-O that’s packed to the brim with smoked salmon, organic rice, pickled veggies, chilli and coriander – plus a large latte, obvs.
Revolver Espresso, Jl Kayu Aya Gang 51 & Jl Petitenget No.102, Seminyak, p.+62 851 0088 4968 & +62 851 0244 4468, e. [email protected]; Open daily.
A tropical hideout in the heart of Seminyak, Shelter Bali is like an island oasis, so naturally, they’ve nailed the classic Tuna Poke in all its glory. But for the veggie crew, they’ve also created the Miss Poke – a big bowl sans fish with delicious beetroot sashimi (marinated in ponzu), plus quinoa, edamame, tempe, avocado, and looooads of veggies, served with wasabi mayo and fresh lime. YUM.
Shelter Cafe, Jl Drupadi 1 No.2, Seminyak, p. +62 813 3770 6471, e. [email protected]; Open daily 7.30am – 6pm.
Bali’s best poke bowls: UBUD
An Ayurvedic café concept for conscious foodies (try and say that 5 times fast), Mudra brings enlightened lunches, vegan treats and beautiful Poke Bowls brimming with goodness to Bali’s cultural capital. Using only the freshest Sulawesi seafood, you know it’s gonna be good here, and the Tuna Poke Bowl with probiotic Gochukaru kim chi doesn’t disappoint…
Mudra, Jl Goutama Sel. No.22, Ubud, p. +62 85 738 950 883; Open daily 8.30am – 9.30pm.
Milk & Madu Ubud
This much loved Canggu café has made a second home in Ubud, bringing with it all of our fave Milk & Madu fare. Come for the brekky bowls, stick around for the Poke Bowl. It’s a dreamy mix of sustainable line-caught tuna, edamame, tempura nori, soft avo, spring onion and crunchy veggies with coriander sushi rice – and of course, that tasty ginger ponzu dressing drizzled all over. Say aloha to YUM!
Milk & Madu Ubud, Jl Sweta No 3, Ubud, p. +62 812 3673 6733, e. [email protected]; Open daily 7.30am – 10pm.
Great food, awesome atmosphere and a pool to chill in after chowing down on their Tuna Poke Bowl – Ubudian Cafe knows how to get our attention! Nestled quietly on the road south outta town, we heart this adorable little café for its healthy food and super duper Poke Bowl that’s light, crisp and loaded with impossibly pink, ocean-fresh Tuna.
Ubudian Café Bali, Jl Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, p. +62 812 3756 9849; Open daily 7am – 11pm.
Bali’s best poke bowls: ULUWATU
The Loft had us at hello with its baby pink decor and scrumptious signature dishes imported from its original Bondi location. The Loft’s much-loved Poke Bowl is one of those Bondi-born signatures, voted as the best in Sydney by Timeout Magazine. Well, this award-winner has come to Bali in all its glory, complete with chunky Ahi tuna, avocado, wakame, purple cabbage, a sprinkling of edamame, sesame and ubi chips. And psst – you can find The Loft in Canggu too!
The Loft, Jl Labuansait No.52, Uluwatu, p. +62 821 4594 4537, e. [email protected]; Open daily 7am – 11pm.
Full of tropical vibes and Hawaiian touches, this beaut Bukit nook serves up an all-day brekkie, brunch and lunch menu that is packed full of Polynesian treats – including their signature Ahi Poke Bowl. Meaning ‘to ride waves’ in Hawaiian, He’enalu is the perfect spot for some après surf grinds, not to mention super healthy drinks and ace coffee.
He’enalu, Jl Raya Uluwatu Pecatu No. 70x, Pecatu, Uluwatu, p. +62 895 2988 1815; Open daily 8.30am – 9pm.
Head to the back of this vintage surf shop and you’ll find a peaceful garden café area with excellent coffee and healthy dishes throughout the day. One of the menu highlights is of course the Tuna Poke Bowl – a reinvention of the classic done right. It’s loaded with Mother Nature’s finest creations (avocado, mango, edamame and sesame-marinated local yellowfin) on a mixed bed of brown rice, red barely, mung bean and red millet. Not to mention Aloha vibes all around. Right on!
Drifter, Jl Labuansait No.52, Pecatu, p. +62 87777 550 001 , e. [email protected]; Open daily 9am – 11pm.
Coco & Poke
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, this stylishly simple concept counter-housed within Uluwatu’s famed Single Fin Bar serves up either delightful bowls of sweet vegan-friendly coconut whip, or Hawaiian-style Poke Bowls with a selection of toppings and salad goodies. Create your own custom bowl or have it all – either way, this is guilt-free snacking at its best (with an epic view too!).
Coco & Poke, Single Fin, Pantai Suluban, Jl Labuan Sait, Uluwatu, p. +62 857 38059709; Open daily.