• Cyril McAree

Klaw Pokē Now Open on Capel Street


Ireland’s first Pokē Joint is now open on Capel Street, Dublin 1. Niall Sabongi of Temple Bar’s wildly successful Klaw has created a very cool destination for fans of this ubiquitous Hawaiian dish, just when raw and nutritious food is more in demand than ever. Klaw Pokē also offers all the Klaw favourites with chowder, crab, 5 varieties of Irish oysters served fresh, dressed or flamed and of course, the legendary Klaw lobster roll. Niall has also introduced a new range of dishes all cooked over a Yakitori charcoal grill for a flavour of the beach.

Pokē is a raw fish salad widely served across Hawaii, which since 2012 has caught the imagination of food enthusiasts across mainland US and now Europe. At Klaw Pokē, diners are spoiled for choice. Choose from a menu of suggested Pokē Bowl mixes, or roam across the choices. Either way the final price of the Pokē bowl is based on your choice of protein from €8 (yellowfin tuna) to €15 (lobster) or Irish salmon, octopus, crab and shrimp. Create your own Pokē Bowl by first choosing a base of either brown rice, quinoa, rice noodles or wild leaves. Sauces are next with either house ponzu, sriracha aioli, namjim or gochujang. Toppings add the finish, with a wide selection - sunomono cucumber, edamame, nori, radish, macadamia nut, salty pineapple, pickled ginger, samphire, fried onion, kimchi, ½ avocado (+€1) or black roe. Stir and enjoy a Pokē! With a choice of beers, wines or Bloody Marys.

Klaw Pokē on Capel Street is the latest opening on a street that is enjoying a renaissance with an eclectic selection of bars, cafés, ethnic grocery stores and vintage and antique shops. A 25-seater restaurant, Klaw Pokē, which was once the American Hotel, is an attractive addition to the streetscape with a fully opening front window, sunny outdoor seating and dog friendly lead hooks and water bowls. Inside the interior is stripped back to the bare brick with the rear featuring the old ‘Walsh’s’ shop sign. This nod to the past is a key principle for Klaw with 80% of the fit out materials having been upcycled. A rigorous recycling and composting policy means a larger than usual ‘bin room’ but just makes sense for Niall Sabongi, who’s a passionate defender of the environment that provides his fresh produce and seafood. Come to Capel for a Pokē! 159 Capel Street, Dublin 1.

Website: www.klaw.ie


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