I feel like the pokè craze came and went with the beaming sun (it’ll come back this summer for sure). That makes sense since when you think of eating pokè you think of places like Hawaii and California; sunny locales with swelling surf and sandy shores. Wanting to see what all the hype was about I was truly eager to get my hands on a bowl of pokè, but, living in New England, a good bowl of pokè was hard to come by…until now.
What exactly is pokè?
Sashimi, pokè, tartare, ceviche…they all seem so similar, right? What differentiates them is country/region of origin and the way each is prepared. Pokè is a hybrid of ceviche and sashimi and originated in Hawaii (read more here). Since I love sashimi, tuna tartare and ceviche, I knew I’d fall in love with pokè, so when the folks at Pokèworks Boston reached out, I quickly made my way over. Located in Somerville, Pokèworks is a franchise with most of the locations in sunny California (also NY, TX, WA, IL and VA). They have signature pokè bowls that have been crafted to bring a diverse flavor, or you can “pokè your way” and make your own combination.
I met with Josh, the owner, and he quickly got to work making some signature bowls (Hawaiian Classic & Shiso Salmon) and a sushi burrito. Chunks of fresh and sustainable tuna and salmon piled high and topped with different types of crunchy seaweed, pickled ginger, avocado, tobiko and more. I tried a more filling brown rice bowl and a lighter bowl with a lettuce base, each replete with oodles of flavor. Want to bring the flavor profile over the edge?, add sauces such as wasabi aioli, spicy ginger and sweet chili gochujang. Adding a side of miso soup and 2 flavors of their infused teas, my first pokè experience was out of this world.
If you’re ever in the Somerville area, stop into Pokèworks. Let me know what you get and how you liked it!
261 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
I was provided a complimentary meal for review. All content and opinions are my own.