Let me start this review by saying that my first time here, I wasn't even hungry. I was accompanying my husband and brother for dinner, and told them to choose a place because I just didn't care. My brother chose Ramaki because of a coupon we'd gotten in the mail (decent enough reason, right?)
It's an easy walk to Ramaki from our place, and they weren't very busy when we got there late one Friday night. We were greeted and shown to a table, then provided with menus.
Now, remember how I said I wasn't hungry? I had just come from a team building event at East Village Tavern & Bowl, where we'd spent 3 hours eating, drinking and bowling. My belly was full of bread, fries and beer, and the last thing I was thinking about was more food.
And yet...the Poke Bar was calling to me. I resisted at first - who wants to eat to the point of feeling sick? - but it was a futile endeavor. By the time the waitress came to get our orders, I'd decided to get a medium poke bowl.
The pain of an overly full belly is temporary, right?
In this case, it was so worth it. She brought the build-your-own-poke-bowl sheet over to our table and walked me through the options. Because I chose the medium (small, medium and large options are available), I was going to get three scoops of poke. So, I went with the half and half base (half rice, half salad), got two scoops of spicy tuna and one scoop of salmon, then proceeded to add in almost every topping they had on offer.
My husband, meanwhile, ordered the mini chicken katsu, while my brother ordered gyoza, agedashi tofu, a spicy tuna roll, and the sushi and sashimi combo. Then, because we clearly did not have enough food for three people, he produced the aforementioned coupon, and asked for our free California roll.
The food is fantastic. I initially thought that I got full off of the medium bowl because I really wasn't that hungry to start. But subsequent visits have convinced me that no, the medium is just really filling. And delicious! That first bowl was a delightful mix of rice, seaweed salad, regular salad, spicy mayo and a wonderful array of fresh fish. My second time ordering the bowl, I got three different fish options, and again - so yummy!
My husband and brother both really enjoyed their dishes (and my brother enjoyed my poke bowl, as well, since I tapped out pretty early on).
Definitely one of my newer favorite restaurants, and I'm happy that they're both so close and offer delivery (just in case we're too lazy to walk one day). I'm looking forward to our next visit!
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