Poke Loa, New Orleans, LA Report #186

Not to long after I ate sushi for the first time in my life, and was getting used to the whole raw fish thing, through no fault of my own I ended up in Hawaii.  I tried Poke and loved it.  This was maybe in 2000.  But I never had it again!  I never really knew of anywhere to get it in the New Orleans area.  Now I do!

This is the Magazine St. location, right across the street from Dat Dog.  Nice looking, spotlessly clean place.

Poke is basically diced up raw fish.  If raw seafood isn’t your protein of choice, the octopus and shrimp are cooked.  There’s also proteins from the plant kingdom like tofu and edamame.  Here’s the menu:

We decided to build our own bowl instead of going with one of the signature bowls.  The way it works is you pick your base.  I chose white rice, my dining partner chose spring mix (mixed leafy greens).  The Zoodles are raw, spiralized zucchini.  If they were maybe lightly steamed I’d like them, but I don’t think I’d care for raw zucchini.  They pack your base into a glass bowl.

Next, you choose your protein.  The regular size is two scoops and large is three scoops.  They put it in a metal bowl, add your mix-ins, then your marinade(s), stir it all up, and pour it over your base.  Then you can add topping or extras.  Here’s how our bowls came out:

My dining partner’s bowl on the left consisted of spring mix, shrimp, baby cucumbers, radish, green onion, cilantro, avocado and chopped Macadamia nuts.

My bowl on the right is MUCH prettier!  It consisted of white rice, salmon, tuna, octopus, seaweed salad, cucumbers, sesame oil and ponzu sauce, wasabi, red and orange tobiko (fish eggs) and wasabi aioli.

Both bowls were light, fresh and delicious.  Emphasis on the word “light”.  If you want a light meal, this is a great place for that.  I’m not a small person, and I had a serious workout at the gym about an hour and a half before we dined, so I was pretty hungry when we went in there.  I was still kind of hungry when we left!  I could have knocked off two of those bowls.

But if you’re not a pig like me, I’m sure the large bowl would satisfy you.  Great place.  I recommend it.

3341 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA  70115  Ph:  504-309-9993

Blaine 3-29-2019

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