Restaurant: Sweetfin Poké
Location: 829 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401. (310) 395-1097
Date: October 7, 2016
Rating: Better than what I’ve had before, but not that exciting
This is my second trip to a pure Poké shop. I mean, I’ve had Poké in Hawaii, and I’ve had a tremendous amount of sushi, but this whole “Poké joint” thing is fairly new — if a huge trend as they seem to be everywhere now.
The menu system is on the board. Here you pick from more curated bowls or build your own in a less assembly line fashion than the other one I went to: Poke Express.
Spicy Yuzu Salmon. yuzu kosho sauce, edamame, lime. Like everyone else I added crispy onions (and cucumbers). It was okay. Certainly better than the Poke Express mess of flavors. More in balance. But still, the rice was a little weird. I prefer straight sushi rice. And the whole thing didn’t have a TON of flavor. A good chirasi bowl is way better. This was a large. It wasn’t large. The small was tiny.
Horchata. Odd with poké.
I’m not sure I get the whole poké thing. Don’t get me wrong, I love raw fish, but these combinations are a bit odd and everything either tastes like dressing or not much at all. It’s fine, but nothing exciting. Why’s it so popular? Maybe because it’s “cheap” and vaguely sushi-like? Maybe because the quick serve format is appealingly fast? Maybe people think it’s healthy (should be reasonably so)? I dunno. I certainly don’t really crave it.