It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with anything that resembles anything that could be a resemble Chipotle (glorified fast food that doesn’t make you feel like garbage after). First it was pretend Chipotle, and then it was this salad bar. Now I’ve come across a poke bowl place.
To be completely honest, I’ve never even had a poke bowl before. What’s a poke bowl? I had no idea. Clearly, I’m an uncool, uncultured swine. I love avocados and salmon, and there are few things that bring me inner peace more quickly than the two of them together. I’m also a bottomless pit, so catering to both needs seemed logical.
I was in Hongdae the other day, and I had heard of this place from a friend. Hongdae is a bit of a hike for me at this current moment in time, so when I go I feel that I have to make the most of it. Truth be told, I don’t know too many food places in the general vicinity so hearing of a new one always piques my interest.
While this place is not in Hongdae (have fun with that annoying line 2 to line 6 transfer), it was close enough for me to merit trying it before my voyage back to the burbs. Is this particular Poki One N Half a chain? Gosh, that would be fantastic. I don’t know if this is actually part of the chain from the Instagram or just another clone Korea conjured. While that sounds kind of blonde to me to wonder about, Korea does have a tendency to do just that.
Since I’ve never had a poke bowl before, can I really be some kind of authority figure on it? Maybe there’s some secret better place where all the cool kids go. Regardless, I loved it. My bowl tasted 1) delicious, 2) fresh and 3) I felt good after and didn’t waddle back to the train like I usually do after a quality naan bread binge fest. Whether you take my word on it or not, I’m lowkey obsessed with this place now and maybe you will be too.
Getting there: It’s not too far from Gusto Taco! Go to SANGSU station (line 6). Go out of EXIT 1 and go straight. It’s about a 4 minute walk, and it will be on your right hand side.
It has the typical Chipotle style lineup.
You get your rice (regular and large portion available) and get some greens. You then head over to what fish you want (vegetarian option available). You can even get a poke burrito, which I didn’t see until after the fact but I definitely plan on getting next time. Although I haven’t had this, I’m pretty sure I’ve been fantasizing about it ever since I stopped being a vegetarian. For the fish options, I chose shrimp, scallops, and salmon. You can also choose octopus, tilapia, and lobster as well. Of all the things I forgot to do, taking a decent picture of the menu was the one thing I overlooked. My apologies. Just like a Chipotle, you can then head over to the toppings and your sauce. I chose spicy mayo, which was a rather bold choice for someone who braves it with medium salsa. My total came out to be 11,900 KRW.
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