Poke, an increasingly trendy Hawaiian raw fish bowl, will arrive in Bethesda by the summer.
Poki District is opening a restaurant in Georgetown Square near Walter Johnson High School. The location will open in late spring or early summer next to Not Your Average Joe’s, co-founder Gary Ngo said.
The local chain has a location in Penn Quarter in Washington, D.C., and Ngo said there’s long been interest in expanding to this area.
“We have quite a few customers who ask when one will open in Montgomery County,” he said.
Poki District offers customers a choice of base—either sushi rice, brown rice with quinoa, zuchinni noodles or a salad mix—and a selection of proteins including salmon, tuna, yellowtail, organic tofu and chicken breast. The bowl then can be filled with toppings such as mangos, pineapples, seafood salad, ginger and jalapeño, as well as sauces like honey wasabi and ponzu.
Ngo said the restaurant tries to serve food that will be both healthy and filling. Unlike some other poke restaurants that also offer preselected bowls, Poki District specializes in build-your-own dishes.
The Bethesda location comes as the latest in a wave of poke in the area. Honeyfish Poke opened this summer in Congressional Plaza in Rockville, and Poki District has announced another location for Gaithersburg in the Rio Washingtonian Center. Woodmont Triangle restaurant Hanaro also has recently begun serving the Hawaiian-style dish.