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the poke tuna at kabuki japanese restaurant.(p o: kabuki japanese restaurant)

if it seems like you're seeing raw fish on a lot of valley menus, it's because it's one of the test trends in the local restaurant scene.

poke, in particular, is becoming increasingly popular. the hawaiian dish of seasoned bits of raw fish also is served in a bowl with ingredients like rice and vegetables. for diners, a big draw is the ability to customize their poke bowl based on the type of fish and toppings they like.

whether you're already a fan or a curious novice, here are 10 valley restaurants that offer something for your level of expertise and culinary adventure.

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match cuisine & tails

the match poke bowl ($15) brings together bakkafrost salmon belly, wild-caught yellowfin tuna, sushi rice, diced h avocado, fresh wakame seaweed, carrots and pickled cucumber. the combo is finished off in a zesty citrus ponzu and green onion garnish.

details: found:re phoenix, 1100 n. central ave. 602-875-8080, matchphx.com.

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crujiente tacos

executive chef richard hinojosa’s fusion creation is an ahi poke taco ($5) with cubes of yellowfin tuna combined with seaweed, sesame, green onion and kabayaki in a crispy taro root shell.

details: 3961 e. elback road., phoenix. 602-687-7777, crutacos.com.

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walrus & the pearl

this seafood bar serves yellowfin tuna poke ($15) with avocado, sriracha, sesame oil, scallions and sea salt on a bed of crispy rice.

details: desoto central market, 915 n. central ave., phoenix. 602-680-7747, desotocentralmarket.com.

poki bar central

build your own poke bowl ($9.99) at this new fast-casual concept from ty chu, who owns slanted rice vietnamese bistro. choose from 12 protein choices, such as tuna or scallops, on a base of white or brown rice, kale, mixed greens or half and half. pile your bowl with a variety of toppings, including ginger, edamame, wasabi, ji a and roasted seaweed. sauces include sweet citrus, spicy mayo and miso.

details: 2836 e. indian school road, phoenix. 602-687-8442, facebook.com/pokibarcentral.

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hula’s modern tiki 

hula's island-style poke ($10) combines raw ahi with avocado, onions, soy sauce, sesame oil and macadamia nuts for extra richness and crunch.

details: 7213 e. first ave., scottsdale. 480-970-4852. also, 4700 n. central ave., phoenix. 602-265-8454, hulasmoderntiki.com.

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crab & mermaid fish shop

this is another spot to build your own poke bowl ($11). start with white or brown rice and then play with ingredients to create endless combos customized just for you: marinated ahi, salmon, cucumber, dai sprouts, scallion, edamame, seaweed salad, avocado, sesame soy vinaigrette, pickled ginger and more.

details: 4218 n. scottsdale road, scottsdale. 480-758-4994, crabandmermaid.com.

coconut’s fish cafe

the gluten-free ahi poke ($11.99) — regular or spicy — is made with fresh ahi that’s been marinated in soy sauce, garlic and green onions. crispy, house-made taro chips are served on the side.

details: 1155 w. ocotillo road, chandler. 480-247-7900. two additional scottsdale locations at coconutsaz.com.

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ahipoki bowl

this fast-casual spot for build-your-own poke bowl ($9.50 for two scoops, $11.50 for three) plans to open three additional locations by this spring — two in phoenix and one in tempe. start with a base of white or brown rice, an organic salad or half and half. next, choose your protein, such as salmon, octopus or kimchi shrimp. then choose a sauce, like spicy creamy or garlic soy; and garnishes such as ginger and pickled radish.

details: 820 n. 54th st, chandler. 480-893-7597. also, 2805 n. scottsdale road, suite 103, scottsdale. 480-219-9310, ahipokibowl.com.

red’s bar & grill

east meats the southwest in the ahi poke tostadas ($12). fresh ahi gets a kick from fresh jalapeño and herbal zing from a cilantro sprinkle. red onion, cucumber, smoky avocado and seaweed complete the dish, drizzled with a soy sauce.

details: the wigwam, 300 e. wigwam blvd., litchfield park. 623-935-3811, wigwamarizona.com.

kabuki japanese restaurant

the poke tuna is made with fresh tuna, avocado cubes and marinated seaweed in a spicy ponzu mix ($12.95). served with soup, poke bowls  — garlic chili salmon, sesame albacore or soy wasabi tuna  — come with white, brown or sushi rice, a seafood salad, krab meat, avocado, spring mix, smelt egg and onions (lunch, $12.95; dinner, $14.95).

details: westgate entertainment district, loop 101 and glendale avenue, glendale. 623-772-9832, also, tempe marketplace, loop 202 and mcclintock drive. 480-350-9160, kabukirestaurants.com.