Poke is definitely San Diego’s latest trend – there are so many new poke restaurants that I can hardly keep up! One restaurant in particular, San Diego Poke Company, has actually been operating in farmer’s markets for quite some time now but recently opened an actual shop in the Mission Gorge Area. We were fortunate enough to be invited for a tasting of some of their menu!
The store set-up is similar to many of the other poke restaurants around town – pretty much an assembly line where you get to pick your base, toppings, sauces, etc.
The store manager, Yohei, let us know that there were several items that he wanted us to try – a poke bowl, their poke tacos, and their new item, the poke burger!
Large Poke Bowl [$11.95]
The large bowl here is quite generous – you could pick 5 different types of fish! We doubled up on salmon and also tuna, spicy tuna, and albacore. The toppings here get pretty creative – including pineapple, fried garlic, and even Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, hehe. We decided to be more conservative this time, though, and chose a more-or-less standard mix of cucumbers, onions, krab, avocado, seaweed salad, masago, seaweed, furikake, and wasabi. And since it was our first visit, I wanted to try their Original sauce, a sweet shoyu blend of soy sauce, sesame oil, and honey.
The verdict? I really enjoyed it! Quality of the fish was very nice, and portions were generous. I really enjoyed the large variety of toppings available – all of them with no surcharge, too. The shoyu sauce here is sweeter than the versions at other poke places that I’ve tried, most likely because of the addition of honey, which actually worked surprisingly well.
Taco ‘Bout It [$9.95/4 pcs]
We also got to try their poke tacos, which was salmon tossed with their SNS (Sweet & Spicy) sauce, topped with green onions, furiake, seaweed, and masago, and served in crispy wonton shells. The SNS sauce is described as a “Hawaiian BBQ sauce” with diced jalapeno, and it had a nice kick. I enjoyed these tacos, which were quite fun to eat (though the portions are a tad on the small side, compared with the bowls).
Finally, we tried out their latest menu creation – poke burgers!
The Oh No Burger [$9.95]
I wasn’t sure how the rice “burger bun” would work, but as soon as I saw this, it made total sense to me – the rice is wrapped in rice paper so that it doesn’t fall apart! Such a clever trick. The rice “bun” is seasoned with furikake and hot Cheeto dust before being wrapped so that you get an extra flavor boost. The Oh No Burger includes tuna, mixed greens, onions, seaweed salad, and hot Cheetos, and drizzled with their “Oh No” and “Seoul Hottt” sauces. S didn’t like this burger too much, but I actually really enjoyed it. The “Oh No” sauce is a blend of Sriracha, mayo, citrus, and chili flakes, and the “Seoul Hottt” is a spicy Korean bean paste sauce – he’s not the biggest fan of bean paste, so that’s probably why he didn’t enjoy the burger as much. I really liked the creativity, though, and the flavor combination definitely worked for me.
Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich [$3.95] / Li-Hing Mango & Green Tea Mochi Ice Cream [$2/each]
Last but not least, Yohei didn’t let us leave without some dessert! They sell Brick’s macaron ice cream sandwiches, as well as Bubbies mochi ice cream. I picked the vanilla macaron ice cream sandwich (for a moment I thought that the purple macarons would be taro or ube, but no such luck), which was quite yummy as the macaron shell had just enough crunch to complement the ice cream. The mochi ice cream was a bit too frozen when first served to us, but after letting them warm up just a tad, they were perfect – and I enjoyed both flavors!
Overall, we had a really lovely first visit to San Diego Poke Company. I definitely plan to return to try some of their other sauces and get more creative with my poke bowl toppings! I just wish that they were located closer to me – then it would be a regular stop in my dinner rotation, hehe.
Disclaimer: I was invited to San Diego Poke Company, and my meal was complimentary. I was not otherwise compensated for this post, and all content is my own.
San Diego Poke Company
10387 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92120