I don’t enjoy being poked (hello, flirting on Facebook in 2006), but Denver QSR Tokyo Joe’s changed my tune last night. I was invited in last night to try some of their goodies at the restaurant (I had some of their items delivered when they opened) including their new Poke Bowls and quite enjoyed the experience.
I started my night with a Lucky Buddha beer while waiting for my friend. (I’d liken it most to a Heineken.) Tokyo Joe’s offers a couple imported beers and a few Shiner options (CHEER?!?!?!), along with some of the usual suspects. It being a Tuesday, I opted for a single beer and my friend went for their tea bar, which they stock with two of their five tea options at all times.
I sipped and ordered a few little bites–the Gyoza (steamed pork dumplings with Joe’s dipping sauce), Miso Soup, and white chicken Spring Rolls. I was delighted to see three options of spring rolls–white chicken, tiger shrimp, and organic tofu. The basil in them was refreshing and I nearly guzzled the peanut dipping sauce on its own.
We were encouraged to try the new (launching today, 2/3) Poke bowls (ok … they say that it’s actually pronounced pok-ay)–one tuna and one salmon. The fish was fresh and incredibly tender and the avocado was perfectly ripe. My favorite part? They added chopped Macadamia nuts on my tuna bowl. Hell to the yes.
Tokyo Joe’s offers much more than just the poke bowls–made-to-order sushi rolls, bento boxes (also launching 2/3), salads, additional bowls, and more. And, if you’re like me, you feel empowered when you make decisions, but hate to do it at the same time. Enter: TJ’s bowls. Each bowl gives you limited (but generous) options with your choice of five proteins, three carbs, 11 sauces, and 13 vegetables.
Surprisingly, they also offer made-to-order sushi using fresh fish and REAL crab. The CaliTartare Roll we enjoyed had a serious and unexpected kick to it and the lemongrass aioli was seriously delicious.
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