“Poke Your Way” with Pokéworks Healthy Ingredients at La Cantera
Pokéworks brings endless flavorful ingredients to the Mainland starting with Hawaii’s favorite food Poké. Adding to that ingredients from a mix of cultures that make up the dishes that are Hawaii, Pokéworks puts it all together for our enjoyment. And now Pokéworks is open in San Antonio at 15900 La Cantera Pkwy, Suite 26180, San Antonio, TX.
I was recently invited to the San Antonio location to see what all the buzz is about. Poké has been showing up in restaurants and grocery stores recently and I am probably one of the few foodies who hasn’t given it a try. So here I am, pretty green around the gills, stepping into a full out poké restaurant. Lucky for me the employees at this location are pretty knowledgeable about how it all worked and what the ingredients were, because I hadn’t a clue about a lot of it.
What is poké you ask? Poké is diced raw fish served either as an appetizer or as a main course and is one of the main dishes of Native Hawaiian cuisine. Poké actually means “to slice or cut” in Hawaiian. Together the fish is tossed with rice and a number of other ingredients, and can make a hearty, healthy bowl or roll.
The interior of Pokéworks has a sleek Asian vibe for a clean, simple look. The tables are set up around the windows with a long, bar-height community table in the center of the space. All tables have light butcher block tops adding a warmth to the restaurant. They also have outdoor seating under bright orange umbrellas.
So, here is how things roll at Pokéworks!
First, you let them know if you want a bowl, a burrito or a salad.
The bowl starts with a base of your choice of one of the following: kale noodle, sushi rice, organic brown rice, or quinoa. A burrito has sushi rice & roasted seaweed wrap. And a salad starts with either fresh romaine and spring mix.
Second, you get to pick you choice of protein. For a regular size you get to scoops (you can mix & match). For a large size you get three scoops (again mix & match). The scoop size is probably a quarter to half a cup. Choices are, Ahi tuna, salmon, albacore tune, organic tofu, scallops, shrimp or chicken. The fish is sushi style, the scallops and shrimp are marinated and the chicken is cooked.
Third, you get to choose your mix-ins. The choices here are blanched kale, chopped Shiso (an herb that tastes like minty basil), cilantro, cucumber, diced mango, orange slices, Edamame, sliced fresh jalapeno, Hijki seaweed (a dark sea vegetable rich in essential minerals), Ogo seaweed (a reddish brown seaweed that is crunchy and tastes like the ocean) and sliced sweet onion. Add as many mix-ins as you want.
Forth, choose your flavor or sauce. Here you have Pokéworks Classic which is a soy sesame vinaigrette, Umami Shoyu (a honey bonito infused soy), Ponzu Fresh (a citrus infused soy), Sriracha Aioli, Wasabi Aioli, Spicy Ginger, Sweet Chili Gochujang and Classic Salt (Hawaiian salt, toasted sesame oil and pepper flakes.
Fifth, add your toppings. Choices are Surimi Salad, diced avocado, Masago (roe of Capelin), chopped green onion, Pickled Ginger & Wasabi, Seaweed Salad, Spicy Furikake, sesame seeds and Wasabi Tobiko (flying fish roe). Add as many toppings as you can handle.
Sixth, add the crunch. Everyone likes the crunch when they eat and poké fans are no different. Crunch is added with Garlic Crisps, Shredded Nori, Lotus Chips, Macadamia Nuts, Onion Crisps, Toasted Rice Puffs or Wonton Crisps. Go light or go crazy on your crunch.
And for those of you who can’t handle all the choices, you can pick one of their Signature Works which are signature dishes with pre-selected ingredients.
I decided to “poke my way” and started down the line of unlimited choices. I chose a regular bowl with sushi rice and both Ahi tuna and salmon. I added sweet onion, chopped Shiso, cucumber, cilantro, and ogo seaweed. I went with the Pokéworks classic sauce as it sounded like something I would like. I topped everything with avocado, green onions and sesame seeds. I finished it all off with toasted rice puffs for the crunch.
When I had finished, I felt I may have added too many different things, but surprisingly it turned out it was just right for me. I could taste all the ingredients but it wasn’t overwhelming. Everything was delightfully flavorful and the fish didn’t taste fishy, so I knew it had to be fresh. I loved it all and was able to finish most of the bowl as it was a lot for me! I think next time I will be even braver in my choices since I feel I am no longer a novice at poké making. And this meal kept me full all day long. That was a big WOW factor.
If you need something sweet at the end of your meal, they have one dessert. It is a Coco Mango Haupia also known as a Mango Panna Cotta. It’s a coconut milk panna cotta topped with pureed mango. It is very light and refreshing. After the meal, that’s probably all you would want.
They do offer a few sides like Hot miso soup or roasted seaweed if you feel you need more to eat.
I also personally like their infused ice tea which they make up fresh every day. I had the Spring Tea, a mixture of Green Rooibos, Hibiscus, Raspberry and lemon peel. Delicious choice! The tea is unsweetened but they do have honey if you want to sweeten it a bit.
Inspired by sustainable, seasonal, and natural ingredients, Pokéworks is committed to bringing you superior seafood. They view responsibly-sourced seafood as more than just a trend. They believe in the importance of meeting today’s needs while preserving our oceans so that future generations will never have to fish in troubled waters.
Location: 15900 La Cantera Pkwy Suite 26180, San Antonio, TX 78256
Phone: (210) 877-9999
Mon-Sat 11:00am – 9:00pm
Sun 11:00am – 6:00pm