Sunday, June 05, 2016
Rate-A-Restaurant #367: Pokenoya (Pasadena)
Location: 766 E. Colorado Blvd. (Pasadena)
Type of restaurant: Poke / Japanese (new)
We stipulated: Maria and I were catching a movie at Pasadena's Laemmle theatre, and looking for a quick bite before the show. Most restaurants were already closed, but Pokenoya looked to have just the right amount of food to share.
They stipulated: Like most mainland poke joints, it's a very different kind of poke than you get in Hawaii -- it's in a bowl, usually with rice, with multiple condiments.
What we ordered: regular poke bowl ($8.50) with sushi rice, spicy tuna, salmon, crab meat, avocado, cucumber, poke sauce. Plus volcano sauce on the side.
High point: The fish tasted fresh, and the volcano sauce was a nice complement.
Low point: Weirdly complicated. What happened to simply getting poke without all the overwhelming add-ons?
Overall impression: See what I mean? I guess I'm a purist who likes getting poke in its natural state at the Foodland. But in terms of mainland poke joints that I have visited, Pokenoya ranks on the better end.
Will we return: If we're in that part of Pasadena, I could definitely see another visit in our future.