Here at Eat Huntsville there’s nothing we love more than new-to-market businesses (and especially restaurants). This couldn’t be more true when talking about one of downtown Huntsville’s newest restaurants, Oshi Poke & Sushi. Not only is this the first Oshi Poke in Huntsville (it’s their second location after Atlanta), this is actually the first poke restaurant in the city. Wondering what poke is and why you should try it? Let us explain.
Poke (pronounced POH-keh) is a dish with roots in Hawaii that is taking the country by storm. Oshi prides itself on offering whole, fresh (never frozen) fish that is only experienced at high end sushi bars. Combine that with lots of other fresh ingredients and toppings, and you are in for a treat. One of the best parts is the ability to create endless combinations. Whether you select a bowl from the menu or opt to go crazy with all of your own choices, you’re sure to be in love at the first bite.
Now for the fun part. We’re going to take you through the process of building our bowls. Don’t let all the options overwhelm you; everything is well organized, and they are more than happy to help you and give their recommendations.
Our first creation starts with sweet brown rice and then adds mixed salad, carrots, cucumbers, chopped jalapeno, edamame, mango, seaweed salad, tomatoes, sweet corn, and Asian chipotle sauce. Yellowfin tuna tops all of those fresh ingredients. Finally, the bowl is finished off with sesame seeds and crunchy onion. And if you’re wondering how we liked this combination, we feel the picture speaks for itself. Absolutely incredible.
The second bowl mixes sweet brown rice, spinach, red onion, flying fish roe, cucumbers, edamame, seaweed salad, tomatoes, bell peppers, scallions, yellowfin tuna, citrus ponzu sauce, and crunchy onion. Again, this creation was equally incredible. Those crispy onions really add a great crunch to the bowl, and the citrus ponzu sauce was light and refreshing. If tuna is not your thing (gasp!), Oshi offers other proteins such as spicy salmon, silken tofu, and steamed shrimp, just to name a few.
With the poke bowls, we experienced some seriously amazing sushi as well. The Crunch roll consists of spicy tuna, cucumber, spicy aioli, sweet brown sauce, crab salad, and crunchy onion on top. Baja California was a delicious combination of spicy tuna, cucumber, basil pesto, yellowtail, avocado, jalapeno, and sriracha aioli. Both rolls are outstanding, and we’re particularly excited about going back for the Crunch roll very soon!
It was great to see how many others were excited about Oshi’s recent opening. The long lines on opening day were certainly justified, as this is a very big deal for downtown Huntsville and provides exactly the type of experience downtown residents and visitors have been waiting for.
Oshi Poke is located at: 201 Jefferson St N ste 1, Huntsville, AL 35801.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm.