Everything’s in a bowl at Poki Yaki

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“LIVE today and don’t think about tomorrow,” Poki Yaki Saipan owner Thorn Sablan said when asked about his formula for success. 

Photo by Tahj Salas


The first poki joint to open on Saipan, Poki Yaki, is inspired by the strong demand for freshness in a bowl.

Sablan said he experienced it himself in San Diego so he decided to bring it home. “I wanted something new for the island. I myself live a healthy lifestyle. And I’ll continue serving good food in a healthy way that our customers will enjoy.”

The restaurant, which opened in 2017 on Middle Road, Gualo Rai, offers fresh, Hawaiian-style poke bowls that are customizable. 

Customers can select the base of their choice (rice or mixed greens), the toppings, sauce, and protein which can either be tuna or salmon. 

Teriyaki and acai bowls are served as well with other options on the menu including the owner’s favorite: hot flaming Cheetos snack rolled up in a burrito, which is available every Thursday. 

“I had to find a way to include Cheetos in our menu, and what I came up was combining sushi rice, spicy tuna, green onions, avocado, and hot flaming Cheetos — roll it up and eat it like burrito,” Sablan said. 

He is happy about the consistently good feedback his restaurant gets from the community, adding that he has big plans for Poki Yaki. “Big things are supposed to come this year, so I’m hoping for the best,” he said.

The restaurant is open Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go to its Facebook page for more information.

Watch “Out to Eat: How to customize your poke bowls” on Facebook, Instagram, @mvariety670, and at www.mvariety.com

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