An out-of-the-box approach to poke

A La Carte Columns

August 20, 2017

Story By: Kelli Shiroma | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO

Salmon PokeBox with edamame, masago and furikake ($8.99 small)

Poke bowls are standard fare here in Hawaii, usually consisting of rice, your choice of poke and a variety of toppings. But, Poke & Box is taking poke to the next level with its assortment of fresh fish, homemade sauces, gourmet toppings and various box sizes.

Located in Ala Moana Center’s Makai Market Food Court, Poke & Box opened last December, according to owner Lauren Yoo. She explains the popular takeout spot got its name from its fresh approach to poke bowls.

“Essentially, we wanted to get out of the whole idea of poke bowls,” Yoo says. “We wanted our customers to have the option of having poke over salad or rice. Instead of having a bowl, customers can customize their boxes and have more variety. So far, it’s working out really well.”

Ahi and tofu PokeBox with ginger, taegu and furikake ($10.99 medium)

PokeBoxes are available in three different sizes — small ($8.99), medium ($10.99) and large ($15.99). Customers can choose one base (white rice, brown rice or green salad), as well as one to two poke varieties, depending on the size of their PokeBox. Then, Yoo says, diners can choose from eight delicious sauces — including spicy, non-spicy and gluten-free options — and a grand assortment of toppings to complete their meal.

“One of the most popular combinations we offer features salmon poke with edamame, masago and furikake ($8.99 small),” says Yoo.

“Another popular combo is our ahi and tofu poke, topped with ginger, taegu and furikake ($10.99 medium),” she mentions. “Customers (also) can choose additional toppings for 99 cents each.

“Because it’s summer, we’ve been doing really well with our salads,” continues Yoo. “It’s refreshing to have something cold on a salad.”

Poke & Box

Ala Moana Center Makai Market Food Court
1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Ste. 1081, Honolulu
892-5252
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
pokeandbox.com

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