Providence

Polynesian Perfection

Pokéworks introduces the Hawaiian staple to Thayer Street

Posted April 20, 2018

PHOTO BY ROBERT ISENBERG
By Robert Isenberg

The poké bowl is a pretty simple dish: just add rice, raw fish, and some coastal greens. But once you see the Pokéworks menu, you’ll be astonished at how much you can customize it: there’s tuna and salmon, sriracha and wasabi, edamame and seaweed, and you can order a bowl or roll it into a wrap. The local Pokéworks opened on Thayer Street in February, the first brick-and-mortar restaurant in the state to specialize in the fish-infused bowls, and lunchtime lines already run out the door.

Poké bowls are a staple of Hawaiian cuisine and have triggered a typhoon of popularity. Pokéworks franchises are everywhere, from San Francisco to Harvard Square – astonishing for a company that was founded in 2015. The restaurant is bright and fast-paced, and if guests can’t find a stool, the poké bowl is extremely portable.

 

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