Fish & Things Poke Bar recently opened in Elk Grove and I just had the privilege to check it out. The fish and seafood are extremely fresh and high grade. I highly recommend you give this place a shot. As an Elk Grove blogger, I gotta say, this place sets a very high bar for poke and for raw fish.
It is located in the same shopping center as Journey To the Dumpling, DSW, and Pinkberry (off of Laguna & Bruceville). Fish & Things is across the parking lot from Target, Buy Buy Baby, Carters, and Petco. In short, this poke bar gets a lot of foot traffic.
Fish & Things is owned by Be Ngo and her husband Nam Huynh. Be and Nam are originally from Stockton. They have lived in the Sacramento area since 1999 and have been residents of Elk Grove since 2003 . Be has a background as a recipe blogger with a passion for food and photography. Nam and Be currently own two other businesses, including an ambulance company and a wheelchair medical transportation company in San Joaquin County. Together they share a love of good food and they have traveled the country tasting incredible food. The mission of Fish & Things Poke Bar is to produce the best and the freshest, high quality fish and seafood for the people of Elk Grove to enjoy.
We ordered the Ahi Poke Crispy Tacos and the Salmon Carpaccio. The Ahi Poke Crispy Tacos come with sushi grade ahi tuna poke, cabbage, cilantro, green onions, toasted sesame seeds, and spicy mayo topped with sliced avocado in crispy taco shells. The ahi is just so fresh that I could taste the high quality of the fish. The ahi tacos far surpass any others I have ever eaten. The flavors just meld together perfectly and it is like a symphony in a taco. I really appreciated the addition of the generous portion of fresh avocado.
The Salmon Carpaccio is lightly torched, drizzled with in-house Yuzu Ponzu sauce, and topped with micro greens, radish, and sesame seeds. Again, the salmon is just incredibly fresh to the point where I just wanted to close my eyes so I could savor the taste. The in-house Yuzu Ponzu sauce is really very special. As I ate my meal, I tasted the lemony flavor in the sauce and it perfectly complimented the fresh salmon. The sesame seeds provide a bit of texture while the micro greens and radish really add to the fresh taste.
The menu of Fish & Things has everything you would expect in a poke bar and more. You are welcome to build your own bowl of poke and can get a Small (2 proteins at 1/4 lb), Medium (2 proteins at 1/3 lb), or Large (3 proteins at 1/2 lb). They offer sushi rice, brown rice, cucumbers, mixed greens or mix and match of any 2 as a base. The poke options include ahi tuna, hamachi, seared albacore tuna, salmon, shrimp and dressed poke options of hawaiian ahi tuna, house shoyu ahi tuna, kimchi tako, and tofu mix.
For sauces you can pick from classic shoyu, garlic sesame, spicy garlic sesame, ponzu, spicy ponzu, spicy mayo, spicy kimchi, and wasabi ponzu. They offer a great variety of toppings including avocado and macadamia nuts for $1 each, and seasonal fruits, crispy garlic, seaweed salad, white onions, serrano peppers, sesame seeds, green onions, crispy shallots, pickled ginger, masago, cucumbers, tempura flakes, furikake, and wasabi.
There are many “off menu” items and you can take a look at the board and see what the specials are for the day. I witnessed a patron happily devouring what he said was a 7 piece Nigiri Special. Fish & Things also offers Signature Bowls and Chef’s Specials. As I mentioned before, the Ahi Poke Crispy Tacos are phenomenal. The Signature Bowls are all variations of poke bowls with different proteins and sauces and toppings. In the future, I would love to try the Classic Hawaiian and the California Love.
It should be noted that there are cooked options such as Teriyaki Chicken and an Unagi Bowl available. This should come in handy for those whose family members include little ones who do not eat raw fish. My baby girl doesn’t eat raw fish yet, so I will be getting a lot of Teriyaki Chicken for her in the future.
I really don’t have any reservations whatsoever about recommending Fish & Things Poke Bar and I can’t wait to go back. The Ahi Poke Crispy Tacos and the Crispy Tacos Trio are a MUST TRY! Seriously, don’t go without trying them! JAX APPROVED!
Fish & Things Poke Bar
7423 Laguna Blvd Ste #300
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm, Sunday 11am-8pm
Dr. Jacqueline "Jax" Cheung grew up in Sacramento, California. She is a Christian Wife, Proud Mom, Major Foodie, Sacramento Native, Elk Grove Resident, Feminist, Adoption Advocate, Blogger, Freelance Writer, and Cat Lover. Jax is the owner of the award winning Jax Chronicles Blog & Adoption Ministry. Jax won Sacramento Area A-List Local Best Blogger 2014, 2015, and 2017 and Best of Elk Grove Best Blogger 2016 & 2017. She is also the Editor-In-Chief of the Elk Grove Tribune, and freelances for Sacramento4Kids, and many other publications. Jax is married to Dr. Kenneth Cheung (Kenny). Jax and Kenny live in Elk Grove, California and have 2 daughters named Roxy and Carissa, and 3 cats named Mochi, Miso, and Mango. To follow her journey please like her Jax Chronicles Facebook page, follow her Instagram @jaxchronicles, follow her Twitter @jaxchronicles, or check out Jax Chronicles Blog & Adoption ministry.