Poke in Hawaii is sensational and there’s no reason it shouldn’t be a success here in San Diego. So I have been waiting for Pokirrito to open for some time now. Have been a fan of RakiRaki for a while, so I am intrigued with Chef Watanabe’s newest Poke offerings and large poke and/or sushi stuffed “burittos” and will try as soon as they are open. San Diego Poke Co opening soon in Mission Valley is another place I’m really looking forward to. They have hired former Cafe Japengo Chef Meljohn Sebastian to head up the restaurant and Hawaiian inspired menu. Poke Go a staple of Hillcrest Farmers Market has gone brick and mortar with a permanent location in Hillcrest, but I’ve yet to go as it’s really just a take out place. It is on my list though. Fishbone in Liberty Public Market will reportedly be adding poke offerings to their menu very soon.
Finally, Rolled Up in Hillcrest is doing burrito sized sushi rolls with Poke style fillings. We went Saturday evening and had The Pokey, The Hamachi, and Upstream. The Hamachi was very flavorful, but really rich and creamy. I thought the ratio of ingredients was not providing enough fresh crunch as was just too creamy and gloppy, but my son enjoyed it. The more traditional Pokey was pretty tasty and my favorite of the bunch, but still needed more acid and more fresh veg crunch IMO… The Upstream with agave salmon had the best fresh crunch with the lettuce, asparagus, and cucumbers. It was a bit too sweet for me though, with the agave salmon and teriyaki mayo. They served two mayo based sauces (teriyaki maya, wasabi mayo, sirracha mayo) with each burrito. The sauces were OK, but the mayo base I thought was just over the top with the existing mayo and guac already inside. I asked for just some plain sirracha which I though worked better. Next time I’ll get the salsa roja, because I thought all three rolls really needed some acid to balance out all the rich creamyness. They also would have been more enjoyable with beer or Saki. Something that is not yet available and the staff wasn’t sure if it ever would be.