Back in lockdown I thought I would try some new local places. I wanted something fresh and healthy without breaking the bank. I love sushi but it is expensive! Then I found Poke Fusion.
It claims to be “a fusion of Hawaiin dish, Peruvian, cerviche, poke, and tiradito” which involves raw marinated fish, sticky rice and and assortment of fruit and vegetables. Jackpot.
I ordered the Kauai Salmon Bowel for £8.95 and some Vegetable Gyoza for £5.50, brining my total to £14.45. It came really quickly so I wasn’t too far into my film to pause and get the door.
The food was delicious. The sweet and savoury flavours were in perfect harmony; the salmon was so tender and was well balanced by the sharpness of the pickled onion. The sticky rice was a great neutraliser to reset your flavour palette between each bite. 5 out of 5 stars for food.
They gyoza was great too, but not much different from other great gyoza from competing asian restaurants. But I do need to find out what is the sauce they put with it, because it is like crack.
I noticed when I ordered this it was marked as part of “Deliveroo Editions”. Upon further research I found out that this means it was not made in a local restaurant, but in a shipping container. This is for companies from other cities to expand without the overheads of a full restaurant. According to Deliveroo, these containers are subject to the same health and safety checks as any other restaurant, but there is something slightly disconcerting knowing that my food was made in a car park. “But you will happily eat from a food stall in a trendy carpark in Shoreditch”, maybe that is true, but it is different when you can’t see the conditions surrounding the food prep, especially if the circumstances are a little out of the ordinary.
In theory this is a great way for local companies to expand, but most people want to support their local restaurants making an impact on their local economy.
I’m not sure how I feel about Deliveroo Editions, but what I do know is the food tasted damn good. So maybe I’m a hypocrite. 2.5 out of 5 for ethics.
I give Poke Fusion 3.5 out of 5 for overall experience. The food was excellent but still not sure how I feel about the Editions conundrum.