tried parking in been around Coral Gables lately, you might have noticed the massive amount of construction going on in every corner. But bigger than Miami's construction-induced traffic is its newfound Poké trend.
PokéBao is the city's latest fast-casual concept for the raw fish dish, slated to open this November in Coral Gables. Helming the restaurant and kitchen is Chef Daniel Bouza, formerly of Nobu Lana'i in Hawaii and Makoto in Bal Harbour. Bouza's inspiration is drawn from a tiny Hawaiian surf shack that served poké bowls by the hundreds. As for the bao buns, he considers them the perfect complement because "Poké and guao bao are traditional items ripe for interpretation and innovation."
Signature bowls on the menu will include the DB's Spicy Ahi Tuna Poké, yellowfin served over furikake rice with masago, fuego mayo and green onion and the Shrimp Lana'i Poké, local prawn served over seaweed and cucumber sunomono salad with papaya, sweet potato, spicy ginger and a passion fruit dressing. Guests also can build their own poké bowls with their choice of protein, base, toppings and sauces.
Bao buns include a very necessary Crispy Chicken Vaca Frita bun, filled with chicken thigh, seared then braised, pickled veggies and feta-tofu sauce; and the Juicy Pork Belly bun, filled with roasted, braised then seared pork belly, ginger-soy sauce, pickled onions and cucumbers, and red jalapeños. The menu will also feature a variety of small bites like Crispy Rice Tuna and Tempura Fries.
PokéBao will be open seven days a week from 11 AM to 10:30 PM at 153 Giralda Avenue. Stay tuned for more details on an opening date.