Established by Bamboo Sushi in July, The Annex poke concept has been honed and rebranded, and on Monday, December 12, it officially relaunched as QuickFish Poke Bar. QuickFish serves a fleet of signature poke bowls to-go, as well as a few options like poke nachos, from the team behind Portland’s famously sustainable Bamboo Sushi restaurants. Preview the bar’s revamp in the photo gallery above.
Speaking with Eater, Bamboo Sushi owner Kristofor Lofgren says QuickFish Poke Bar supplies something Bamboo Sushi can’t: A fast-casual — official buzzword of 2016? — on-the-go option for anyone seeking high-quality raw fish. And of all places, Lofgren says the Portland Trail Blazers in part inspired the idea.
“The Blazers are regular Bamboo Sushi customers,” Lofgren says, “and from feedback from them, I realized a lot of people, such as sports fans, want to eat sushi.” Sensing not everyone wants to sit down for a full meal at Bamboo, Lofgren conceived QuickFish, and he expects it to fill a gap Bamboo can’t, such as operating in airports and maybe even sports arenas.
Poke is one of 2016’s biggest food trends. From Hawaii, it is traditionally made with the scraps of fish left over after butchering, and a handful of poke shops, like QuickFish Poke Bar, are aiming to offer a better product by using higher quality fish. With Bamboo Sushi’s connections in the seafood industry, it is clearly poised to deliver in this department.
QuickFish Poke Bar is now open daily, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. It’s located beside Bamboo Sushi West End at 1122 SW Stark St.