You may be asking yourself, ‘What is a poke bowl?’ Pronounced “POH-keh,” which in Hawaiian means to slice or cut, and refers to chunks of raw, marinated chunks of fish which is typically tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and umami-packed sauces. Think of it as a sushi roll served up in a bowl.
In Hawaii, you can find these dishes almost anywhere from roadside stands to gas stations. This trend has moved across the mainland from Los Angeles to New York City. Although this seems like something relatively new in the United States, poke bowls have been served for centuries in many areas of the world.
Ritchie and Alyssa Hart saw an opportunity to combine their backgrounds with their love for sushi. They visited several poke establishments while working on their own recipes for a year before opening their own establishment in Wilmington in February. With a knack for fitness and healthy eating, the couple combined their management, restaurant, and sales experience to establish the first business of its kind in Southeastern North Carolina.
After speaking to them about their new venture several times, Cape Fear Caller found an opportunity to experience the hype. Creating a custom bowl with fresh cut tuna over rice, a decision was made to mix the essentials with cucumber, green onion, red cabbage, and carrots. Then topping the mix-ins with cilantro, pickled ginger, sesame seeds, and spiced up with their signature Nakedfin Heat sauce. I’m going to see what I can do about having a bowl named after the region’s freshest web-based media outlet.
While the Hart’s work on the construction of their website, please follow their Facebook and Instagram pages, and look at their menu as well. Nakedfin Poke Bowl is located in the shopping center at 420 Eastwood Road and can be reached them by phone at (910)769-1852 for pick-up orders.