Tikifish – Palms

Poke shops seem to be popping up everywhere these days. So while some neighborhoods have two poke places in the span of a couple of blocks (I’m talking about you, Beverly Hills and Westwood), Palms has just one – Tikifish. Luckily for the people in Palms, Tikifish is a solid poke shop, offering fresh bowls made to order.

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Tucked in a small mini mall, Tikifish is decorated with Hawaiian beach decor. You place your order at the small counter where your bowl will be created right in front of your eyes.

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As with most poke places, prices are on the high side. A small bowl, which looks like it’s maybe 4 inches in diameter, runs around $10. For a couple of dollars more, you can get the medium, which is a decently sized serving.

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You can either build your own bowl – selecting a base, protein, mix-in, sauce, sides and topping – or go with one of the poke or ceviche classics.

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Tiki Tuna

The Tiki Tuna consisted of ahi tuna, sesame soy sauce, green onions, wake and sesame seeds. With sushi rice as a base and citrus ponzu sauce, the medium-sized bowl was quite filling. Normally I avoid green onions in my bowls because I don’t like the aftertaste, but somehow these weren’t quite as sharp, perhaps being mellowed out from the sauce.

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Aloha Albacore

The Aloha Albacore came with a garlic ginger sauce, cucumbers, crispy onions and pickled ginger. Of the two bowls, the Aloha Albacore packed a higher flavor punch – thanks in part to those crispy onions (note to self: add fried onions next time). The fish in both bowls was fresh, cut into nicely-sized chunks.

 

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On a hot summer’s day, a poke bowl is one of those perfect foods – light and healthy, yet filling. Even though Palms may only have one place for poke, I’d say that with Tikifish they don’t have a need for more.

Location – 3300 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, 90034. Additional location in Playa del Rey.
Website – http://tiki.fish
Kid-Friendly – Yes, if your kid eats poke.
Kid’s Menu – No
Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly – Yes. Tofu is available as a protein option.
Gluten-Free Options – Yes

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