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Vegetarian Surfers Paradise Dining – Poké California

I was looking forward to sharing about a great little hidden gem in Surfers Paradise called Poké California, which opened in the Circle on Cavill mall a few months ago.  I guess I missed the boat though, when I went on Thursday it was busy!

It’s still physically not in the best spot, near the Woolworths but mostly now hidden by the children’s play equipment.

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You could easily walk past and not see it.  There are some outdoor and indoor seating but its not a large space but many customers were getting their meals to go.  There is no airconditioning as its open air, but its shaded most of the day, with a large overhanging canopy.

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If you haven’t had a Poké bowl (pronounced poh-kay) before, and you like sushi rolls then you are in for a treat.  The idea is like the Subway model, selecting your own “fillings”, but using rice instead of bread.

You choose your base of  hot rice and/or salad then you add your protein, a selection of vegetables, a sauce or two and toppings.

You could dine here every day of the week and have a different meal each time depending on your choices.

Below is the current menu at Poké California – while it doesn’t specifically mention it, an entirely vegetarian/vegan regular meal is only $10 – not $12.50.

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I chose a regular bowl, with half brown rice and half salad, Tofu, every “mixer” except wasabi, chilli and avocado.  For my sauce I chose the delicious Chogochujang – thats red chilli pepper paste with vinegar – I wish I knew how to pronounce it, and a splash of seasame oil.  For toppings I went with crispy garlic and crispy onions … because I work in customer service (luck for my customers, I deal with them primarily on the phone).

Total $10 and very filling.  For Surfers Paradise, thats a bargain!  If you are in the area, definitely check it out, the staff are friendly and the food is delicious and healthy.  Also top marks for the eco friendly cardboard bowls – I wish more places would do that!

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About The Sock Mistress

Slight fixation with socks. At last count, I had enough pairs of socks to last 14 weeks without having repeat a pair. IT geek by profession. Disney nut. 3rd world loan shark (http://Kiva.org ). Finds humour in the inappropriate. Holiday planner extraordinaire. Mum to doglets. Crazy Dachshund lady.

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