The trend is here: Poke is spreading through the city fast and furious. As of today, Sushi Cup is officially open in Capitol Hill next door to Max’s Wine Dive in the space that on-and-off housed Flow Juice Bar. There is talk of another poke place coming close to Union Station, but no confirmation yet.
Over in LoHi, QuickFish Poke Bar, a fast-casual, chef curated and sustainable poke bowl concept made it official: It is joining the Avanti collective. The eatery comes from the same Portland-based group that brough Bamboo Sushi to Denver last summer. QuickFish will launch in July in the digs occupied by Bamboo Sushi. Fear not, the Japanese concept is not going away, but merely switching to a permanent brick and mortar location a couple of blocks away.
“We’ve had so much fun, and learned a great deal, being part of the Avanti collective and introducing our sustainably sourced seafood to Denver foodies,” said Kristofor Lofgren, owner of Bamboo Sushi. “QuickFish will continue our mission and passion of bringing the freshest and best fish possible, while simultaneously helping to save the oceans and marine life. We are not your average poke shop. Our bowls are fast, healthy and cravable and made with sushi-grade sustainable fish and chef inspired ingredients that add a modern twist to a classic Hawaiian favorite.”
At the poke bar, guests will find signature bowls as well as a build-your-own bowl option and the sharable Poke Nachos. The menu features six bowls including a Bamboo Bowl (MSC Oregon albacore, avocado, fried shallots, green onion, nori, sweet onion, and green machine sauce) and Fire Bowl (Kodiak sockeye, red onion, kaiware, cucumber, candied Thai chili, and creamy habanero masago sauce), among others. For the build-your-own bowl, guests can choose a base (rice, tortillas or greens), fish, and toppings including kale, edamame, avocado, seaweed salad, and more. Bowls range from $10 to $14 and is mostly gluten-free.
From Eater Denver…