Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! After all that Turkey (or ham), I thought a seafood related post would be rather refreshing. And it’s the BEST kind of seafood that’s starting a huge trend. At least, in California. This genius dish is called Poke (pronounced Poki). Think Chipotle but with raw fish instead. It’s absolutely amazing and I’m so glad more poke places are opening up around where I live. I first heard about it in LA, and since then, I’ve been (Poke)-ing around a lot trying to find some good places in NorCal. While poke dishes are relatively pricey, they’re also pretty darn tasty.
So most of the poke places that I’ve gone to actually serve you Chipotle-style. You go up to the counter to order and pick out your own ingredients (fish and sides). This bowl up here (from Poki Bowl) came with 3 scoops of fish, and the choices of fish are completely up to you. They have tuna, spicy tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and shrimp (maybe some others as well). Then you can pick as many sides are you want: imitation crab meat, green onions, sesame seeds, seaweed, fish roe, cucumbers, even avocado. Then they top it off with spicy mayo and some chili oil (only if you want) and you’ve got yourself a delicious poke bowl!
Here are pictures of some other poke places that I’ve tried:
This was from Wiki Poki in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Best price for poke that I’ve ever come across, but the parking situation here is TERRIBLE. So if you park at the garage across from this plaza, your parking fee will balance it out. I suggest street parking if you can find it.
I came across this place (Hawaiian Poke Bowl) at a farmer’s market in downtown San Jose. Haven’t had a chance to go back since, but I heard they now have their own shop inside the SoFa market. So now you can get this stuff EVERY day of the week, instead of just Fridays.
Have you all tried any good poke places? Let me know! I’m still on the hunt to find more 😀 I know the poke trend is a lot bigger in LA, and I’ve heard of SO many new poke restaurants that have opened up in the last year or so. Hopefully the trend continues its way into NorCal.