Located on the edge of Shin-Okubo, Tokyo's Koreatown, 'Californian Poke' is a cute shop that serves authentic, Californian-style poke in the middle of Tokyo! If you're searching for a healthy and satisfying meal that features fresh Japanese fish, this is an awesome choice!
Poke is a Hawaiian dish that in recent years has been spreading rapidly across the United States and other countries. California is one of the places where poke has become wildly popular, so much so that a new style of poke was born there. The owner of Californian Poke lived in Los Angeles, California for many years, and decided she wanted to introduce real, California-style poke to Tokyo by opening this restaurant. Whether you're already a fan, or you've never experienced the phenomenon that is poke, add a stop at 'Californian Poke' to your itinerary!
As opposed to Hawaiian style poke, where the fish is already mixed with the sauces and seasonings, California-style poke is fully customizable, allowing the customer to choose each ingredient that goes into the bowl.
Step 1. Choose Your Base
Californian Poke offers a choice of white rice, 5-grain rice, nacho chips, or salad as a base for the poke. The white rice is lightly seasoned with vinegar, just like sushi rice. For an extra charge, there's also a cauliflower rice option, which is great for those who want the feeling of eating rice without the carbs.
Step 2. Choose Your Fish
Choose which types of fresh, Japanese seafood you'd like in your poke. There's albacore tuna (bintoro), tuna (maguro), yellow tail (hamachi), salmon, scallop, squid, shrimp, and spicy tuna.
The fish is tossed in a marinade
Step 3. Choose Your Toppings
Select 5 toppings from among the selection of 14 available. You can customize your poke bowl to be exactly the way you want it!
Step 4. Choose Your Sauce
Californian Poke offers three different sauces, each with four spice levels (zero to very spicy). There's a soy sauce-based original sauce, a garlic sauce, and a sesame sauce. In addition, there's a also a korean-inspired gochujang sauce that is available only at level 2 spice.
Poke Menu Items
Original Poke Bowl
Original Poke Bowl, ¥900 (S), ¥1,080 (M), ¥1,200 (L)
The standard poke bowl, which you order as described above, is a great value for the amount of food that you get! The bowls are designated small, medium, or large based on how many types of fish you can choose. The small includes 2 types of fish, the medium 3, and the large 4.
'Bihada' (Beautiful Skin) Poke Bowl
Bihada Poke Bowl, ¥900 (S)
The 'Bihada'(beautiful skin) bowl includes shiitake mushrooms, almonds, and carrots among its ingredients. The bowl is rich in protein, beta carotene, and vitamins C, A, and E, all of which are important for maintaining healthy skin. Like the standard poke bowl, you can still choose which fish you'd like in the bowl, but the other toppings are fixed. Even if you're unconcerned with your skin, this is a mighty tasty combination of ingredients that packs a nutritional punch!
Poke Wrap, ¥600
This tasty wrap is a combination of poke with Mexican ingredients. A tortilla is wrapped around shrimp, avocado, cheese, tobiko, and veges, making for a great light meal or grab-and-go option.
Come to Californian Poke during lunchtime to get the best deal! This lunch set, which includes a poke bowl, soup, and drink is just ¥1,000. If you're searching for a fresh and healthy lunch that will fill you up, this one can't be beaten!
Homemade Chili Fries, ¥390 (half order), ¥780 (full order).
Surprisingly, there are some great non-poke items on the menu here as well! One is the chili fries, which are topped with a special homemade chili that has an authentically American taste that you won't find anywhere else in Tokyo.
Marshmallow Fluff Fruit Salad
Marshmallow Fluff Fruit Salad, ¥440 (half order), ¥880 (full order).
Another awesome side item is this marshmallow fluff fruit salad, which is also a special recipe of the owner. It's a delightful combination of flavors and textures, with mini marshmallows, yogurt and cream, and pineapple and mandarin orange. If you're craving something sweet after eating poke, this is a fantastic dessert!
Californian Poke is located just 5 minutes away from Seibu Shinjuku Station, 8 minutes from JR Shin-Okubo Station, or 15 minutes from JR Shinjuku Station. As it's counter-style service, a reservation isn't required. Whether you've never tried poke before, or you're a huge poke fan, this restaurant is definitely worth checking out!