Pōk the Raw Bar's salmon Asian pear bowl is a scrumptious lunch dish.
Spicy yuzu salmon bowl
Los Angeles vibes abound at West Village‘s trendy new — and healthy — hotspot Pōk the Raw Bar, adjacent to Taco Diner.
Opened by Southern Methodist University students and L.A. natives Brandon Cohanim and Francois Reihani, and featuring the epicurean prowess of Nobu’s Jimmy Park, Pōk offers a 100-percent gluten-free menu and super-quick service. High-quality ingredients are sourced from sustainable farmers, and the team flies fresh fish from all over the world in each day.
Pōk’s specialties are poke (aka fish salad), its raw bar, and matcha. Try one of the seven signature poke bowls (albacore mango with citrus ponzu; salmon Asian pear with sweet yuzu; spicy ponzu tuna with cucumber; et al.), or build your own with bases including bamboo rice, cauliflower rice, citrus kale, and kelp zucchini slaw.
By day, sample tea and concentrated matcha “soul shots”; by night, choose from a menu of sake and matcha cocktails. (The restaurant sources matcha from a small village in Japan.) Inside, the raw bar seats six and features variations of a chef’s choice “trust me” menu.
Outside, tables and lounge seating provide a relaxed atmosphere perfect for grabbing a bite at lunch or after work.
Pōk the Raw Bar, 3699 McKinney Ave., 214.484.1139.