Poke bowls come straight from Hawaii, and they’ve already become a great trend in the United States. Rightly so, as they are simply amazing. When a friend who visits New York regularly mentioned them to me, I immediately searched the Geneva scene to see if anything was available. And sure enough, there was: Elua, a small restaurant and take-away place, had opened in Eaux-Vives, Geneva’s liveliest neighborhood.
At Elua, they say you can travel to the middle of the Pacific on your lunch break. Indeed, the place is only open at lunchtime. The concept is simple: you pick a base for your bowl (white rice, brown rice, or zucchini noodles). You add little cubes of fish or tofu (I love the sea bream). You pick your sauce (the honey sesame citrus is delicious). You top it with onions or sesame seeds. You then choose four toppings, and there you can go wild: avocado, edamame, cucumber, kimchi if you’re in a spicy mood, mango if you’re feeling exotic. You finish with a bit of coriander or black radish on top, and there you go, your bowl is ready.
It looks yummy and colorful, it’s super healthy, and it tastes wonderful. You can take it to go, or eat it right there while you look out at the Eaux-Vives crowd walking by. If you feel like there’s still space for dessert, you can have a brownie or a matcha covered cookie.
I love Hawaii, and I love Elua. It’s the best.