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Lettuce Entertain You is debuting ASAP Poke, a delivery-only restaurant that will be serving signature and make-your-own poke bowls and rolls starting July 11. ASAP Poke was born out of a single idea: to bring Chicago the freshest, sushi-quality fish coupled with seasonal ingredients, as fast as possible.
ASAP Poke is a collaboration between Chef Tim Hockett (M Burger, Nacional 27 and Tallboy Taco), Naoki Sushi’s Chef Naoki Nakashima, and Chef Hisanobu Osaka. All three chefs contribute different flavors and influence to ASAP Poke’s menu. Chef Hockett has worked closely with Hawaiian fish purveyors at Nacional 27; Chef Naoki is known for his sushi and sashimi at Naoki Sushi and Chef Osaka has traveled the globe working alongside Chef Morimoto.
“The idea for this concept came about as we were sourcing some the best quality fish for our restaurants, and we thought it would be great to be able to share this product with our guest in a more convenient, affordable way,” says Chef Hockett.“With ASAP Poke we are not only able to get creative with our signature bowls and rolls, but also give guests the option to choose from an extensive list of ingredients, toppings and sauces to create their own.”
ASAP Poke will be available for delivery Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner and will offer a selection of four, signature poke as well as the option to create your own combination; both can be ordered as a poke bowl or a six-piece maki roll. All pokes are available in two sizes: regular for $12.95 (24 ounces that can be ordered as a bowl or a roll) or shortie for $9.95 (16 ounce available as bowls only). Once you pick your base, you can choose from chef’s signature combinations including:
Classic Avocado Poke: Ginger, Scallions, Classic Poke Marinade, Rice, Sliced Cucumbers, Avocado, Soy Beans, Shredded Lettuce, Watermelon Radish, Seaweed, Pickled Ginger, Sesame Seeds
Big Island Spicy Poke: Ginger, Scallions, Rice, Spicy Mayo, Pickled Mushrooms, Diced Avocado, Watermelon Radish, Sliced Jalapeños, Shredded Lettuce, Pickled Ginger, Sesame Seeds
Maui Crunch Poke: Ginger, Scallions, Ponzu Sauce, Rice, Shredded Lettuce, Pickled Mushrooms, Pickled Ginger, Watermelon Radish, Seaweed, Crunchy Shallots
Yuzu Poke: Yuzu Dressing, Ginger, Rice, Sliced Cucumber, Seaweed, Tomato Salsa, Pickled Ginger, Tobiko, Furikake
Prefer to make-your-own poke? Guests can also design their bowl or roll depending on their tastes. Start with a base of sushi rice, brown rice, quinoa tabouli or greens. Next, pick your protein: tuna, salmon, hamachi, and gingered beets. Add up to six toppers including: soy beans, sliced cucumber, watermelon radish, seaweed, tomato salsa, avocado, shredded lettuce, pickled ginger, pickled mushrooms, sliced jalapeños, ginger, sliced scallions, tobiko, and more. Finally, choose your sauce from classic poke marinade, spicy mayo, soy dressing, ponzu sauce, sesame vinaigrette or keep it “naked” and finish it off with sesame seeds or crispy shallots.