No 72: The Tuna Poke Bowl at Ohana Island Kitchen
The owners of Ohana Island Kitchen are on to something with their little lunch window that welcomes the lunchtime crowd on the side of the Truffle Table in LoHi.
Louie Colburn is a native Hawaiian who has a sweet, decadent and light mixed bag of culinary tricks up his sleeve, including an already cult-famous teriyaki sauce. Business partner and wife Regan Colburn is a beam of sunshine personified, collaborating on the menu, running marketing and welcoming customers. You can find the duo serving a busy Hawaiian lunch Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 pm, but be warned: The poke bowls generally sell out by 1 p.m., if not sooner.
Served as a special most days, the poke bowl is a showstopper, prepared either with sweet sesame-and-teriyaki marinated raw ahi tuna or with spicy tuna flecked with tobiko. The fish is cut into gem-like, bite-sized cubes that all but melt in your mouth. Beneath that, a bed of sticky rice with chives, white onions and furikake (rice seasoning) offers a minimalist palate of flavors that let the tuna shine as the star of the plate.
Ohana's modest menu also includes Hawaiian staples such as Spam musubi and Denver favorites like a bright kale salad studded with roasted corn. Specials range from those awesome poke bowls to bento boxes, but one thing is always constant — the fresh and wonderful flavors. Check out Ohana's Instagram page to keep up to date with daily specials.
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