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pokéLOVE opens in Palo Alto

Uploaded: Jun 2, 2016
Palo Alto is the latest Bay Area city to get its own fast-casual poké eatery with the opening of pokéLOVE at Town & Country Village on Thursday, June 2.

The restaurant offers customers a range of ingredients and seafood from which they can create their own poké bowl, which is then assembled in front of them. Alex Chan summed it up in a press release: "Our goal is to help every customer find that elusive healthy balance of salty, sweet, sour, bitter, spicy, and umami in a fun, relaxed
and chill atmosphere.”


pokéLOVE is now open at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto. Photo by Elena Kadvany.

Start by choosing a base (brown or white rice, quinoa, farro, mixed greens, romaine lettuce, tortilla chips, soba noodles or rice noodles), then a protein, from ahi, yellowtail, albacore or spicy tuna to broiled tofu, scallops, octopus or even sous vide organic chicken. (Don't like your salmon raw? They'll bake it for you on request.) The seafood is sourced "from some of the best purveyors in the Bay Area and around the world," according to pokéLOVE.

Further customize with mix-ins and toppings like slaw, cucumbers, jicama, edamame, roasted vegetables, kimchi cabbage and sesame oil, among others. The restaurant pickles many of the vegetables in-house, including leeks, shiitake mushrooms and daikon. “Extra goodies” include a cage-free soft-poached egg, tamago (Japanese omelet), avocado, seaweed salad and macadamia nuts. Top it all off with one of 10 dressings, all of which are homemade and gluten-free, according to pokéLOVE’s website.


Several pokéLOVE bowls and sauces. Photo courtesy pokéLOVE.

For those who are overwhelmed by the amount of choice, pokéLOVE also offers pre-set bowls like the “Heart & Seoul” with sushi rice, ahi tuna, octopus, jalapeños, onions, green onions, bean sprouts, kimchi, spicy gochujang dressing and sesame seeds.

A "regular" sized bowl with three proteins goes for $10.95 and a large bowl (five proteins), $13.95.

The menu also includes sides like miso soup, sushi rolls and mac and cheese.

Explore the whole menu here. pokéLOVE is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily in suite 9 at the 855 El Camino Real shopping center.

Comments

 +   3 people like this
Posted by charles reilly, a resident of another community,
on Jun 3, 2016 at 8:51 am


Thank you, Elena, for your hard work with this blog. I've always been interested in the Restaurant Industry, and I enjoy reading the updates and comments. Hope you'll keep going !

CR


 +   2 people like this
Posted by Mr.Recycle, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis,
on Jun 4, 2016 at 10:17 pm

Tried it today, it was really good. Fish tasted fresh, and I liked the seasoning better than the places I've tried in Mountain View and San Mateo.


 +   1 person likes this
Posted by Al, a resident of Palo Alto High School,
on Jun 8, 2016 at 5:51 pm

Just went today and it was so good!! Thanks for posting this Elena!


 +   2 people like this
Posted by SEA_SEELAM REDDY, a resident of College Terrace,
on Jun 9, 2016 at 4:39 am

SEA_SEELAM REDDY is a registered user.

Welcome to Palo Alto!

Yes. you look like an interesting choice.

Thanks Town and Country!


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