I recently found the joy and deliciousness of poke bowls via my sister who told me these places also offered shrimp and lobster. It’s the only two seafood items that I eat hence why I never attempted at poke bowls because I’m not a fan of fish. Poke is usually a raw fish salad served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine, and sometimes as an entree. Poke is the the Hawaiian verb for “section” or “to slice or cut”. Traditional poke seasonings have been heavily influenced by Japanese and other Asian cuisines. These include soy sauce, green onions, and sesame oil. Others include furikake (mix of dried fish, sesame seeds, and dried seaweed) which is my favorite to use with a light mix of ponzu sauce and sesame oil.
This is the second place my sister told me about to get a decent bowl that was much closer to home than Oke Poke in Chino Hills that recently opened. Their parking is in a small lot shared with a hair salon, mail place, and a liquor store so it can get tight and busy if there’s too many people in the tiny plaza. Although all spots are close to the stores even though they kind of lack handicap parking spaces.
They provide indoor and outdoor seating which is nice as I love a place that offers both. I usually get their large bowl ($11.85) that comes with 5 scoops of chosen seafood protein. I get mine with salad base with 3 scoops of lobster and 2 scoops of shrimp, red onions, seaweed salad, kamaboko, edamame, masago, and green onions mixed with ponzu and sesame oil. The part that I love about Mr. Poke that differs from other poke places is that the large size actually means a physically bigger bowl. That means everything else gets bigger in size as well. You get more base, more portion in side toppings and they also provide complimentary miso soup. It’s so much more worth the price that I’m paying compared to other places that only increase the seafood scoops rather than everything else.
Although I will admit that Mr. Poke’s sauce options weren’t as great as Oke Poke’s own mixed house sauce (Oke Sauce). I also noticed that their shrimp was a little more overcooked than what I was used to, but nothing I’d lose my sanity over. It just gives a harder chew and texture to it. So average in terms of food choice! Other than those minor hiccups I actually really liked this place, especially since the staff there (tall, male Asian worker with glasses) and the owners were beyond friendly and helpful. It’s even better that they’re super close to home and pet friendly with their outdoor seating.
Address: 20651 Golden Springs Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91789
Monday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM