A raw-fish shop called Malibu Poke has opened in Uptown Dallas, on the street level of the McKinney & Olive high-rise.
The original Malibu Poke is located less than two miles north of it, on Oak Lawn Avenue, by Highland Park. The shops are owned by Jon Alexis, known among foodies for the fish selection at his Dallas shops TJ's Seafood Market & Grill.
The fast-casual restaurant Malibu Poke sells bowls made with sashimi-grade fish, vegetables, and rice (or veggie substitutes such as cauliflower rice or kale). Tofu and chicken options are also available.
The menu was created in part by Matt McCallister, the former FT33 chef who is opening a highly anticipated restaurant called Homewood in Dallas in mid April. We wondered aloud in 2017, "Why did one of Dallas' best fine-dining chefs agree to work at an order-at-the-counter shop?" McCallister acted as a consultant on Malibu Poke's menu, starting when the first Malibu Poke opened in 2017.
Alexis hopes the new Uptown restaurant caters to businesspeople in a hurry.
"Business diners want a healthy meal made from high quality, fresh ingredients. They want to get in and out in 15-30 minutes. We offer delicious fine-dining quality food within those expectations," he says in a press release.
Malibu Poke asks diners to order at a computer with facial recognition, technology we're not seeing at a lot of quick-service Dallas restaurants. These computers will know whether you've ordered that tropical chimichurri shrimp bowl before.
Malibu Poke in Uptown opened April 9 and joins a row of restaurants at McKinney & Olive: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Roti Modern Mediterranean, Doc B's Fresh Kitchen, and Dallas' first Starbucks Reserve Bar.
Dallas' second Malibu Poke is located at McKinney & Olive, 2355 Olive St., Dallas.