Ok, so this restaurant spells their name Poki Poki. The dish is traditionally spelled Poke, so I will bounce back between the two spellings.
Poke is a huge trend right now with at least 6 new restaurants focused on it opening in San Diego within the last 6 months. These restaurants range from the “build your own” style to more standard restaurant concepts.
Even though trending Poke has been around forever. The I Love Poke Fest, put on by Ono Yum, has been going for years and is one San Diego’s most popular food events.
Poke ,if you are unfamiliar, is a Hawaiian raw fish salad. Think Sashimi over rice or salad. The more modern variations add various ingredients and sauces.
Poki Poki opened about 3 months ago in Oceanside at 3480 Marron Rd.. I found out about them through Chef Beau Bohnham. He mentioned all his kitchen staff were talking about the place. I also have a friend on Facebook who loves them, her wife has a lot of dietary restrictions and it is one of the few places they can both eat.
As soon as I got a chance I grabbed a Chef friend and headed out.
Poki Poki is a fast casual restaurant serving poke bowls. You start your order at one end, Choose the size of the bowl you want, and start adding ingredients.
Starting point ~ size, white rice, brown rice, and type of fish.
Working our way down the line.
More interior pics ( I took them might as well use them)
My friends Poke bowl. I have no Idea what she got..on to mine.
Large Poke Bowl ~1/2 salad, 1/2 rice, Yellow Tail, Salmon, spicy sauce,spicy mayo, everything added but wasabi.
I really like the 1/2 and 1/2 combo as a base. Fish was fresh (and were there around 5pm).
I really liked it, fresh and not too heavy. I had so much food earlier and still ate this all. The 2 bowls and the drinks came to a little over $20, not bad at all.
For a nice change-up to other fast casual options, I liked them and will go again.
3480 Marron Rd., Oceanside