Poke Time opened up last month and I had been hearing and reading a lot about the new poke (pronounced poh-kay) bars that are suppose to be opening up this year so I really wanted to try it. Also, it’s basically like sashimi on rice so it seemed like it was hard to go wrong with it!
Poke is a raw fish salad that originates from Hawaii. I’ve never been to Hawaii before so I’ve never had the real thing but my friend says that poke is commonly found in grocery stores too and you can buy it deli style there! The photo above was actually taken a few days after my visit so I went before the grand opening. Not sure if things have changed now.
There are three sizes to choose from based on how many scoops of protein you want. The one on the far left is for 3 scoops of protein, the middle one is for 2 and the one on the right is for 1.
For your base you can choose to have a poke bowl, a poke salad, half & half or poke nachos. Then you choose how many scoops you want. It’s like going to Chipotle but for poke. You just let your server know what you want or don’t want and they’ll add it to your bowl.
Or you can get everything!
In addition to poke bowls, they also do poke burritos! It’s like a giant sushi burrito and it sounded like a delicious idea!
Here they are getting our protein and mixers ready. We chose half brown rice and half quinoa for the bowl. Or you can just get white rice as well. For the burrito, we weren’t offered a choice.
For the protein you can choose from salmon, scallop, ahi tuna, cooked shrimp, albacore tuna and organic tofu. They use an ice cream scoop to ensure that portions are consistent.
These were the “Crispies” that you can add at the end. You can choose from Onion Flakes, Coconut Flakes, Noodle Crunch and Corn Flakes.
Time to roll it all up! When we were there, the service wasn’t very fast and they only had two people working on the production line. If it gets busier they will need more people to speed things up.
This was the one scoop bowl my friend had. She didn’t like that even though we were eating in, we still got plastic bowls. Apparently there are some health regulations they are trying to get around so that they can use real bowls.
My friend and I were sharing so we choose the same mixers and toppings and sauces together. I like how you can basically add everything! For our mixers we had cucumber, cilantro and sweet onion. For our toppings we had crab salad, seaweed salad, corn, nori, carrot, pineapples and masago. We choose the Hawaiian original sauce, roasted sesame and sriracha aioli for the sauces.
Everything tasted really good combined together! I really liked the burrito but the wrapper did get wet from all the wet ingredients inside. I was impressed that they managed to roll it all up! I thought there was a reasonable amount of protein in our bowl/burrito and it was a good size for us. If you eat more, you may want to get 3 scoops of protein.
Poke Time also serves Dole whip which I’ve heard great things about. I believe it’s basically pineapple flavoured soft serve? Maybe if it gets really popular they can make a separate line for the Dole whip. I can’t wait to try more poke! It’s a great lunch option for the area.