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Apr 15, 2011 01:10 PM

Poke in the San Fernando Valley?

I have a hankering for some poke (I'm thinking ahi, but also would love to try some more kinds), and just moved to the San Fernando Valley (Sherman Oaks). Is there anywhere nearby?

The closest I can think of would be Bristol Farms in Westwood... anyone have any thoughts on there either?

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  1. Fish King in Glendale has it. Glendale Blvd. near the 134

    1. Whole Foods has it in their ceviche bar at the Beverly Hills store, probably a fair chance that the WF in Sherman Oaks may also have it. If not, I'd certainly expect their larger store in Tarzana would have it. Gyu-Kaku in Sherman Oaks has it on their menu.

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      1. re: Bob Brooks

        I went to the Tarzana Whole Foods, and they had Mango Ahi Poke, but the tuna wasn't very appealing... so I skipped it. But they did have that 1 variety, so you were right!

        1. re: ns1

          I really like the mixed poke bowl at Daichan in Studio City. They serve it with a few different kinds of cut up fish and lots of other mix-ins. Just stir everything together and enjoy!

          The place is rather funky (bordering on kitschy) in decor...and very casual. The servers are extremely nice and helpful. The sushi rolls are good, but the standout is their combination poke bowl.

          11288 Ventura Blvd Ste F, Studio City, CA 91604

          1. re: liu

            This place looks great! I'll definitely get around to trying it... Thanks!

            1. re: hhewitt

              Please let me know about your experience there.
              We have been there many times. Every time we order their poke combination bowl and every time the dish is consistent. If you are hungry, I suggest a combo bowl per person plus a sushi roll or two as an appetizer.

              1. re: liu

                thanks. I have actually never gone but it's on my radar.

                1. re: ns1

                  Hi, ns1!

                  The poke bowl is a wonderful and casual summer dinner.
                  Please do let me know what you think.

                2. re: liu

                  I made it to Daichan the other day. I started with a hot tofu/seaweed/ginger appetizer, which was yummy, and also some purple potato tempura. The tempura was good, but nothing amazing. The decor is indeed elaborate, and the wait staff were very helpful. I think I had my water glass refilled 8-10 times in the course of 1 lunch.

                  But I was there for the poke... My dining companion and I split 1 ahi poke, and 1 scallop poke. We had them over brown rice, although I'd probably go with white rice next time, since it'd stick better. I was weird having poke over warm rice, but the spicing was good, and the seaweed tasty too. The scallop poke (or "poki" as they spell it) had some extra spicy seaweed with it, but otherwise,t he flavors of both were very similar. I'd probably skip the lettuce that some with it, as eating poke, rice, and lettuce all at once was a litltle weird for me.

                  I'll definitely be going back to Daichan when I want some very casual Japanese/Hawaiian food. Thanks Chowhound!

                  11288 Ventura Blvd Ste F, Studio City, CA 91604

                  11288 Ventura Blvd Ste F, Studio City, CA 91604

                  1. re: hhewitt

                    I too was there, last week. I ordered the ahi poke bowl with Hijiki rice. It was SO good! . They're very accomodating and made some adjustments to their recipe so I could enjoy. Try it with Hijiki rice!

          2. Go to the Korean Market on Devonshire/Reseda

            They have a "Korean salad bar" in the market - far left corner upon entry. You won't find ahi poke but what you will find is a very yummy octopus salad. try the soy soaked beans -sweet/salty. You might like some of the other prepared items too.

            You may find poke at Whole Foods. The one in Valencia often has poke in the same area where they have the fish chowders. If you can get past the poke part (no rice) go to Farm Boy on Riverside/Hazeltine for their yummy, cheap and very large spicy tuna rolls. You'll crave them. The frozen tart yogurt is really good too! Cheers :) KQ

            1. You should really try Light n Healthy in Newhall ( santa clarita valley ) ...not to be associated with the light n healthy on Ventura. They are two separate business'. They have a tuna salad ... no lettuce. They have some of the best sauces and oils along with all you can eat sushi. I CRAVE this place. It defiantly looks like a sketchy place from the outside and maybe the inside but Its amazing. Reiko is my favorite sushi chef. Her and the other chefs are very friendly and talk to each other in a mix of spanish english and japanese.
              If you like rolls this isnt a big hit for you but if you like sushi and handrolls this is a great place.
              They also have a secret menu, tons of regulars so hopefully if you go you sit nexto to a regular who will be able to help you!!!
              Not listed on the menu : Godzilla hand roll ... is a hand roll but the entire seaweed paper. the tuna (poke) salad. Yellowtail with mint leaf....