Pokewan

overhead photo of two poke bowls served at PokewanPokewan is a new build-your-own poke bowl restaurant that offers a unique and healthier twist on poke bowls by including elements of the current healthy bowls trend. In addition to the traditional bases, you’ll also find options like cucumber noodles and quinoa. And toppings include superfoods like goji berries and blueberries. They also offer desserts like dole whip and jolly cane ice cream.

The restaurant opened a location in Carlsbad a few months ago and a second location in Del Mar softly opened this past weekend.
photo of the outside of Pokewan
We visited the Del Mar location over the weekend. The restaurant is decorated with fun backdrops and tables with phrases like “aloha” and “don’t be hangry.” Bowls come in the size “happy” or “happier.”
photo of decor inside Pokewan

photo of wall art in Pokewan

photo of more decor in Pokewan

photo of the happy and happier sized bowls
You can design your own bowl or choose from one of their signature creations. Since this was our first time, we decided to choose from the signature bowls.

photo of the menu at Pokewan

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Superhero
salmon served on quinoa, topped with avocado, blue crab, blueberry, chia seeds, goji berry, watermelon radish, sweet onion, scallion, furikake, rayu chili oil and yuzu citrus sauce
photo of Superhero poke bowl
This may be the prettiest poke bowl I’ve ever eaten. It was colorful and filled with ingredients I don’t normally find in my poke bowls, but I really enjoyed it. It tasted light and healthy but it was also flavorful and satisfying.overhead of Superhero

Maui Wowie Mango
tuna served on cucumber noodles, topped with mango salsa, avocado, edamame, beet, sweet onion, furikake, scallion, chef blend, micro shiso and mango habanero sauce
overhead of Maui Wowie Mango
close-up of Maui Wowie Mango
This was a little on the spicy side, but I liked the heat and the sweetness from the mango salsa.

Dole Whip
photo of Dole Whip
Of course I couldn’t resist getting a Dole Whip and I’m happy that there’s another place in San Diego that serves it. I thought the portion was generous and we ended up sharing this.

Overall, we had a great first visit and we will definitely be back. While these are quite different from traditional Hawaiian poke bowls, I love that they’ve embraced the healthy bowl trend. I’m always striving to eat healthier so I eat a lot of smoothie bowls, protein bowls, etc. I think the prices are quite reasonable ($8.75 for a regular, $10.75 for a large, $11.95 for a signature), especially considering the variety of premium toppings offered for no additional charge. I’m excited to be able to add these healthier poke bowls to my routine and I also look forward to making my way through the dessert menu.

Pokewan
12925 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130
(there is also a location in Carlsbad)
https://www.pokewan.com/

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