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Columbus friends, you are in for such a treat! Hai Poke just opened its doors in the Short North and it is SO dang good.
Poke (pronounced POH-kay), is a traditional Hawaiian dish featuring raw fish. In my house, we call it “sushi-salad” and eat it every chance we get. Which, until recently, wasn’t all that often.
Imagine my delight when I found myself invited to their grand opening!
Hai Poke – The Food:
When you walk in, you grab their super simple menu.
Every bowl is made to order and I love that you can go with a big group of friends – including paleo and vegetarian/vegans and know that there’s something for everyone.
I got the Tuna Poke, with everything listed, including the jalapeños, onions, and spicy bean sprouts. And I added on avocado, because, you ALWAYS add on avocado!
(Just a quick shout-out to chefs at Hai Poke – mad props for taking time to properly prepare the jalapeños. They were perfectly sliced into matchsticks and de-seeded. Such a simple thing that many restaurants skip and it’s a huge pet peeve to get little chili seeds stuck in my teeth. Yes. I know I’m a princess.)
They also had a specials board, featuring delights like Wonton chips, Kimchi salsa and Spam Musubi. I didn’t try a hand roll, but it’s basically everything you would get in a bowl, all rolled up, which sounds pretty fun.
Check out our spread!
Mmmmmm colorful, fresh, healthy and most importantly, SO DELICIOUS! Even the iced ginger green tea was fabulous. Not overly sweetened, which I appreciated.
Check out the cute packaging of these Wonton chips. I used them to scoop up bites of my salad and my husband couldn’t stop dipping them in his Kimchi salsa.
Here’s Mr. Lakes and Lattes – thoroughly enjoying his Spam Musubi.
Hai Poke – The Experience
There’s just something special about entrepreneurs. I’m married to an entrepreneur. Many of my closest friends are entrepreneurs and I’m telling you – there’s just something about them.
Maybe it’s the passion they have for what they do. Perhaps it’s because they see the world a bit differently. Maybe they just have different expectations of themselves. Whatever it is, it’s magnetic.
I was so fortunate to meet the co-owners of Hai Poke, and it was awesome to see their passion and love for what they do. When I read on their website that they “love creating experiences for people that turn an ordinary meal into a memory” – I felt like they were speaking directly to me. There’s nothing I love more than sharing a good meal with good people.
We did not bring our little one along with us, but she’s definitely coming with us next time! Sushi is her favorite meal and I think she’ll have a blast watching all the action!
Hai Poke hits the trifecta for me – fantastic quality of food, amazing service, and at $10 for a Tuna bowl, it’s a steal! I actually told the owners they needed to charge more. I’d happily pay more for the quality of their food. So maybe you should head out there TODAY, just in case they listen to me….
Maybe I’ll even see you there, because even though I just had it yesterday, I’ve been dreaming about this bite nonstop.
18 thoughts on “Exploring Columbus – Grand Opening at Hai Poke!”
The wonton chips and kimchi salsa have my heart
I use the chips “ceviche-style” to scoop up the salad. Yum….!
I have to agree with you on two things:
1. Entrepreneurs are incredible people. You could just see Miko’s eyes light up when he was talking about their future plans for the place. There’s something special about seeing someone’s dreams turned into a reality, especially after years of hard work!!
2. Always always ALWAYS put avocado on everything 🙂
I can’t wait until I can go back as well!!
Yay! And it was so nice to meet you in person and chat about food!
That last pic has me drooling! I’m definitely stopping in this week! I’ll tell them you sent me! 🙂
You’re going to love it!
I think there’s just “something” about entrepreneurs too! I’m drawn to people with that inventive spirit! Can’t wait to check out this new spot!
I have to try this out! Looks so fresh and delicious! My kids will enjoy as well.
Love trying new restaurants. Thanks for the suggestion!
Me too! I’m always looking for suggestions, so let me know if you try something you LOVE so I can add it to my list!
That looks soooo good – I haven’t tried them yet!
Report back once you do 🙂
I don’t like seafood but the veggie options sound great!
Yum! I need to give this a try!
let me know what you think!
These look sooooo yummy! I love that they have vegetarian/vegan options too.
Gonna’ have to get out there to give the musubi and wonton chips a try!
I’m excited to go check out their brick and mortar! Great spot for it.