Poke seems to be the latest food trend in San Diego – there are suddenly so many restaurants featuring poke opening up all over the place! One of the highly-anticipated stores is Pokirrito, by the same owner as RakiRaki. It took over A Cafe’s former spot in the same plaza, and recently soft opened. After seeing the lines out the door and hearing good reviews from friends, we decided to go check it out.
The interior has been completely remodeled from the old A Cafe days; it looks sleek and modern (read: hipster). S said that the food preparation counter and high tables reminded him of Chipotle… haha.
The menu consists of oversized sushi-roll-style burritos (“pokirritos”) and DIY poke bowls. The burritos were between $10-$12, depending on if it included raw fish. The poke bowls come in two sizes, regular or large, and you can choose the type of rice/base, fish, and toppings.
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Kauai Sands [$11.95]
I chose the Kauai Sands burrito, which is the only one that includes two types of raw fish – Alaskan salmon and ahi tuna. It includes crab meat (which I omitted because they actually use a mix of imitation and real crab, which I’m sadly allergic to), cilantro, tamago, broccoli slaw, butter lettuce, lotus chips, masago, jalapeno crunch, and tempura flakes, and seasoned with their “Golden Ratio Pokirrito Sauce”. I must admit, when I first learned of the sushi burrito trend, I was a bit skeptical because an oversized sushi roll didn’t really seem that appealing to me. However, after taking a few bites out of this, I was sold! The fish was very nice quality, and I loved that all the flavors of the fillings worked well together. I especially liked the lotus chips, which added a lovely crunch and flavor. The meals are served with a side of ruffle chips, but I honestly wished that they gave us a bag of lotus chips instead.
Regular Poke Bowl [$8.95]
We also wanted to try their poke bowls. For a regular-sized bowl, you can get 2 scoops, and 4 scoops for a large ($12.95). The bowl looked small at first, but it turned out to be quite a generous amount. S picked salmon and spicy tuna for his fish, and masago, green onion, and furikake for the toppings, and spicy aioli sauce. (Other options were red miso, basil pesto, and creamy goma – all of which sounded interesting, too!)
Overall, we had a great initial visit to Pokirrito, and I will definitely be back to try out more of their sushi burritos! It seems like they’ve been adding new items during their soft opening – the menu looks different from what I’ve seen online or from friends. I’m looking forward to my next visit already!
Also check out the blog post by Kirbie!
4646 Convoy St #101, San Diego, CA 92111