Twitching with frustration and disappointment, I ventured back to Jackson Square the next day. This time around, the market was open and the weather was more forgiving.
It was located in the back corner of the market, directly across a ramen spot that offered a whopping 15% discount to students of the local university. Quite simplistic, pokeh consisted of nothing more than a very compact kitchen (one quarter of which was taken up by rice cookers), several cork boards displaying their menu options, and several bar seats.
Several standard components in other establishments such as tobiko were considered "Premium Toppings", and were associated with additional charges of fifty cents or one dollar. The other toppings (kimchi, wasabi peas, edamame, kale, etc.) weren't exactly authentic, per say; elements such as corn and pickled daikon weren't on the menu either.
A gentle furrowing of the brows indicated slight dissatisfaction in regards to the size. I have never been one with an grand appetite, but, even by my standards, I had found the bowl to be quite small, especially given the price tag.
With the exception of the crispy onions and limited cubes of ahi tuna, which I'm surprised they didn't charge extra for, the bowl did not possess a defining characteristic. In the words of a fellow food enthusiast, it was "decent", though still far from stunning. Ah, I miss Vancouver.
The Chocolate Chip cookies that they had presented as samples near the cashier had proved to be pretty good, so I may just try the $8 bag next time. As a whole, I didn't find their loafs and pastries all that impressive. But then again, it may simply be because I'm more accustomed to lighter flavours and textures.