Poke City: Hawaii by the Quad

By Saranya Vijayakumar ’18 and Sara Surani ’18

Do you love cultural appropriation of traditional Hawaiian foods? So do we!

This week we ventured to Poke City near the Radcliffe Quadrangle and found ourselves pleasantly surprised with the poke bowls! It is similar to fast-sushi in a Subway/Chipotle-like format where you can add toppings and customize your meal as you go.

Saranya ordered the spicy salmon bowl, with edamame, mango, mango salsa, and seaweed salad, topped with crispy rice and toasted seaweed.

Sara ordered the Poke City bowl with spicy salmon, zucchini noodles, brown rice, crab meat, edamame, cucumbers, and mango salad topped with extra mangos and crunchy onions.

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Both bowls tasted a lot like deconstructed sushi–a flavor explosion of zesty seafood in exciting colors and textures. However, the key we realized, is to shake up the bowls to mix up the flavors! While Saranya mixed up her bowl, Sara decided not to. After trying both, we concluded that mixing the bowl up was definitely a better call! This not only equalized the flavors and allowed the flavorful salsas, spicy mayo, and soy sauce to permeate throughout all of the rice, but it also made each bite taste just as good as the last (instead of getting all the cucumbers or crab meat in one bite, and none in the next.) However, Saranya thought the ratio of different foods was a bit off, with way too much sushi for the fish.

Even though we didnโ€™t order the poke-rolls (say, sushirrito??), the man behind us who did seemed very content with it!

The space was small and had a cute blue mural on the wall. The service was very helpful, and many of the people who were eating there seemed to be regulars.

Poke City is definitely a great place to try out!

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