Poke places are popping up everywhere; pretty soon they will be like burger and coffee chains. Just as the small unique burger and coffee places stand out with their quality and personal service, Jus Poke stands out for their authentic, fresh, delicious choices. From classic shoyu poke, to spam musubi, and mochi ice cream, they are as close as you can get to eating Hawaiian favorites in Los Angeles without getting on a flight :)
Thankfully there is neither salmon nor pineapple anywhere on the premises, but there are outdoor tables and a small parking lot. Peak times mean a line out the door, but everyone who works or comes here is friendly (island attitude, decor, and music permeate the entire place), so the wait seems short even at noon.
For a mainland place, you get a nice selection of choices, and you can mix two kinds of poke even for the regular sized bowl or the smallest container, giving you an out if you can't decide. I miss not having octopus as a choice, but I know most people in Los Angeles would not order it :( Prices are incredible for the quality and quantity; around $10 including tax and tip for all the servings you see below, and the regular size always feeds me for 2 meals!
This is the regular size Original poke with homemade spicy cucumbers and brown rice covered in sesame seeds and furikake. This combo is great if you don't want spicy poke, but like a side highlight of crunchy cucumbers with some zing.
A fellow instagrammer loves the wasabi poke, so I tried it with half shoyu poke, and half cucumber, half seaweed. It was such a powerful sinus clearer that I needed three napkins!
My favorite is the Hawaiian Chili Pepper, with half seaweed, half cucumber side and brown rice. The heat is mellower than the wasabi, but potent enough for me to say that only heat lovers should order this.
Everything is served in to go containers as if they know you won't be able to finish your meal :) But I intentionally got some original and Hawaiian Chili Pepper to go...I couldn't resist and ate most of the Hawaiian Chili Pepper before I got the container home!
Mahalo to Jus' Poke for bringing some aloha to Los Angeles:)