Alright, so first and foremost, the hype around sushi burritos is real. It’s basically a large sushi roll you can eat with your hands (think bigger than a hand roll and a bit more unique as far as flavors go). There has been so much hype surrounding these babies ever since Sushiritto in SF opened up and it was only a matter of time before SD caught on the trend. With multiple spots opening around, Pokirritto happens to be one of them!
Nancy and I made a point to go to the Pokirritto Soft Opening this past week since whenever we would go out, we would see the restaurant but it wasn’t open yet, and word on the street was it was their soft opening… And now here we are.
We went for dinner and as expected, it was BUSY!
What’s great about this place is that they offer both sushi burritos and poke bowls. I for one am a fan of both, so Nancy and I each got a sushi burrito and split a poke bowl. With the sushi burritos, each kind varied in fish and fillings but you couldn’t substitute or add anything. As for the poke bowls, you could make your own! You choose up to two different seafoods, add the sauce, toppings, all on top of rice or salad.
For our poke bowl, Nancy and I got salmon and octopus and opted for the spicy mango sauce topped with seaweed salad, crab meat, and masago. Then Nancy got the Original/Classic Pokirritto sushi burrito (which had tuna in it) and I got the North Shore sushi burrito (which had cooked salmon in it).
What’s also cool is they offer different iced teas and added a side of chips to each order! Sadly, they only had 2 of the 6 teas on their menu and we shared a Youth Blossom tea (which honestly tastes just like Teavana’s Youth Berry)… AND the server literally didn’t top the tea all the way. If I’m paying 3.75 for a tea – I expect it to be FILLED to the brim. And what we didn’t know until later was they give you a side of sauce with each sushi burrito, but we weren’t aware of this, so we almost got charged for asking for them and even given a weird look.
In my opinion, I thought it was OK. The sushi burrito didn’t have enough fish in it, the flavors just didn’t mesh well for me. And for our poke bowl, I felt like I didn’t taste spicy anything nor was there a good ratio of fish and seafood to rice. It was like the poke aspect was barely there! And for the price, I thought it would’ve been a lot better, honestly.
Granted it was their soft opening, and they’re still getting in the groove of it all, buuut I’m still eh about it. Their branding and aesthetic was on point, but their food just wasn’t a fave. I’m glad I had the chance to experience Pokirritto, but I just won’t go out of my way for it. So the search for San Diego’s best sushi burrito continues!
Have you tried Pokiritto? Or do you know any sushi burrito spots I HAVE to try?! Let me know!