PokéBao, an exciting new chef-driven, fast-casual eatery located in Coral Gables’ growing Giralda Avenue is now open daily for lunch service. Helmed by Chef/Owner Daniel Bouza who enjoys a celebrated culinary career with past stints at Nobu Lana’i and Makoto in Bal Harbour, the menu offers a fresh take on the wildly popular flavors of Hawaiian style poké and bao buns.
The carefully crafted menu focuses on authentic, flavor-forward selections including an array of delectable bowls, buns and bites. Chef’s Signature Poké Bowls include DB’s Spicy Ahi Tuna Poké – furikake rice, yellow fin, masago, fuego mayo, green onion and Wasabi-furikake Salmon – furikake rice, sake cured salmon, Maui onion, avocado, edamame, wasabi-cilantro aioli, and ikura. Chef’s Signature Buns include savory options ranging from DB’s Sweet and Spicy Short Rib Bun – braised short rib, hoisin, pickled vegetables, and cilantro to Crispy Chicken Vaca Frita – braised then seared chicken thigh, pickled vegetables, feta-tofu sauce, and sesame seeds.
Those looking to enjoy smaller bites can opt for Chef’s Bites including Crispy Rice Tuna, Kona beer-battered Tempura Fries, Yellow Fin Tuna Tacos and Edamame. Catering to all palates, vegetarians can treat themselves to the Vegetarian Volcano – purple Hawaiian sticky rice, two-day pressed firm tofu, red jalapeno, sweet potato, heirloom cherry tomatoes, edamame, ginger-cilantro pesto, coconut shavings; and Vegetarian Mushroom Tofu – crispy tofu, sake seared mushroom blend, pickled onion and daikon. Imported Japanese beer, local brews, and Hawaii-based Kona Brewing Company varieties will be available as well as wine and chef’s selection of premium sakes.
The restaurant, which seats 52, features art by renowned local artist Anthony Hernandez (Instagram: anthonyhernandezart) that gives the space a vibrant and casual ambiance. Reclaimed wood paneling adorns the walls along with vintage portholes inspired by deep sea diving, a traditional Hawaiian fishing technique. Warm natural lighting and an open kitchen provide a genuine experience when dining at Coral Gables’ newest go-to eatery for fast, fresh and affordable cuisine.
PokéBao, located at 153 Giralda Avenue in Coral Gables, is open seven days a week. Lunch is served daily from 11AM to 4PM; dinner service will be introduced at a later date.
Telephone: (305) 967-4832; www.pokebaomiami.com