If you have been to Hawaii, finding Poke is not difficult. In fact, it is probably more accessible than Mexican food is here in AZ (crazy, I know!). From grocery stores to the local gas station, poke is literally everywhere in Hawaii. Well poke started making “waves” on the mainland last year in a big way. It has finally found it’s way to AZ with Ahipoke Bowl in South Scottsdale!
What will you find at Ahipoke Bowl?
First off, let’s set correct expectations. This is not your traditional poke you find in Hawaii. What you will find at Ahipoke Bowl is exactly that, a bowl of your choice of rice or organic greens topped off with your selection of cubed raw fish, scallop, octopus (cooked) or shrimp (cooked).
When you first come in, you will see the large printed menu showing how to order and what your options are. Ahipoke Bowl follows suit with the popular Chipotle style of ordering and customizing your order as you move through the line of options and ingredients (in this case with a bowl versus your burrito or burrito bowl next door).
First, choose from white rice, brown rice, organic salad or half rice and half salad as your base.
Next choose your protein. A regular bowl comes with two items. A Large bowl comes with a choice of three.
Choice Of Proteins:
Next, choose between their House, House Spicy, Spicy Creamy and Sweet Citrus which is ladled over your protein choices. The House, House Spicy and Sweet Citrus are all soy based sauces with mirin/rice wine vinegar and sugar. All three have a sweet element to it. The house spicy is a mild heat. If you like sweet, sour with a little heat, try both the house spicy and sweet citrus together!
Last, choose the toppings you would like to add to your bowl.
Choice of Toppings:
Ahipoke Bowl opened earlier this April and is located on the SEC of Scottsdale Road and Thomas Road in the Albertson's shopping center in between Chipotle and Smashburger. Ahipoke Bowl offers a casual setting and makes for a great quick lunch or dinner! It’s a great addition to South Scottsdale and North Tempe area.
In the long forgotten basement of the San Marcos Hotel in Downtown Chandler, a nationally recognized local mixologist, Brandon Casey (formerly of Citizen Public House and The Gladly), has revived the dormant basement which once stored ostrich feathers.