Posted on | October 7, 2009 | 4 Comments
In case you aren’t familiar with poke, it’s essentially a Hawaiian side dish that I liken to a sashimi salad. It consists of some type of chopped raw seafood, and is usually seasoned quite simply, with soy sauce, kukui nuts, or seaweed.
After having a Poke appetizer at Ame, I was craving the real thing. A colleague had mentioned Poke Express to me, and, since it’s not too far from where I live, I decided to give it a try. The place isn’t actually a restaurant; I’d call it more of a “poke deli” and mini mart. They have a deli case full of every kind of poke you can imagine, from octopus to salmon to snail poke, as well as a variety of Hawaiian grocery items. I decided to go simple, and ordered a bit of the Hawaiian style poke, and the spicy ahi poke.
The Hawaiian style poke was quite good. The fish was fresh, and seasoned nicely with a bit of shoyu, kukui nut, and green onion. Simple, and quite tasty.
The spicy ahi poke was also quite good. Again, fresh, and seasoned nicely with mayo, fish eggs, and just enough spice to make the flavor interesting without being overpowering.
In addition to poke, they offer a variety of salads and kimchees. I decided to try a bit of the cucumber kimchee, which was good, but a bit sweet for me.
The owners are super nice and helpful. If it looks like the poke you want is all gone… don’t fret! Both of the poke’s I wanted were gone, but I was told “no worries, we’ll make some fresh for you”. Score! True to his word, he went back to the kitchen, and a few minutes later, I had my fresh poke. Very good, and I highly recommend this place!
Phone: 702 639-0500