Poke Makana gives Hawaiian bowls, burritos a fresh, tasty twist
A Sherwood restaurant is ready to take on the traditional Hawaiian plate lunch with a jazzy fusion style of cuisine that's both unique and satisfying.
Poke Makana recently opened at 20661 S.W. Roy Rogers Road in Suite 502 with a featured focus on customizable bowls and burritos.
"It's totally 'make your own,'" said Livia Chen, Poke Makana's owner.
Chen said Hawaiian fusion is popular in California and is making its way to the Pacific Northwest.
While this is her first venture into the restaurant business — she attended Temple University where she studied biology -- Chen has a strong grasp on the restaurant business. In addition, her husband is a sushi chef and her family owns Chinese restaurants in both Beaverton and Tigard.
Chen said she's excited about locating in Sherwood because the area is growing and has great potential. Before opening, Chen decided what she wanted her new space to look like.
"We completely remodeled everything," she said of her new restaurant located in the former Quizno's. So much of a hand did she want in the restaurant that she even designed the distinctive Poke Makana logo.
The new restaurant works like this: You choose a base for your burrito or bowl that includes a variety of rices, soba noodles or fresh mixed greens. From there, you pick a protein - anything from tuna to salmon to octopus to eel and more.
Then restaurant-goers select the type of flavoring they want before adding an add-on ranging from pickled radish to edamame and crab salad. Then you can top it all off with such items as sesame seeds or furikake, a dry Japanese seasoning.
Prices range from $10.99 for a bowl with two selections of protein to a three-protein selection for $12.99.
Poke Makana employee Abby Mortensen said she likes to go between the burritos and bowls.
"It's really convenient to eat because it's wrapped up," Mortensen said of the burritos. "I like to put in salmon and octopus. And avocado is good in everything."
However, when she selects a bowl, she chooses tuna and salmon, adding three sauces — poke, seaweed and fresh ponzu sauce, she said. Meanwhile, Chen said Poke Makana prides itself on having an extensive dressing selection.
Restaurant hours are 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 503-822-5362 or visit pokemakana.com.