Are you familiar with Pokéworks? If not, then you must read this post then head to Somerville ASAP! Poke is a Hawaiian raw fish salad that can be made with yellowfin tuna, salmon, or numerous other fish and a variety of seasonings. Lately, especially on the West Coast, it has been popping up in a number of fast-casual chains, and now its made its official debut in the Boston area with its first Somerville location at 261 Elm St. in Davis Square!
Pokéworks couples high-quality seafood with traditional Hawaiian ingredients like furikake, hikiki seaweed, mango and macadamia nuts. Popularized for this viral poké burrito (over 46 million views) and known for offering a variety of sustainable, curated and customizable options, Bostonians now have chance to try this new food fad.
The poké movement was huge when I was living in NYC but I never made it to Pokéworks, so you can image how excited I was to be invited to check out the new location in Somerville.
Pokéworks has many gluten free options. All of the proteins are gluten free. Three of the saouces, inlcuding Classic salt, Wasabi aioli, and Spicy Ginger, are also gluten free. All sauces are made without dairy products and suitable for vegetarians. The seaweed salad is also gluten free.
The menu includes a number of pre-designed bowls and signature burritos, which I would recommend for first timers. Customers can also go the DIY route by choosing a base – a bowl with white or brown rice or quinoa, a a wrap with white rice and seaweed, or a salad with chopped romaine, up to three proteins (various fish, chicken, and tofu options), vegetable and fruit mix-ins (edamame, mango, etc.), sauces, and toppings (seaweed salad, pickled, ginger, avocado, etc.)
The sushi burrito is literally a giant portion of sushi, wrapped up like a burrito. And it is delicious!
And the bowls are equally delicious. The fish tastes fresh and the sauces and flavorings are spot on, without being too spicy.
Pokeworks is worth the trip to Davis Square. Have you been yet? What did you try? Leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite Poke dishes are.
Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.