Metro Detroit has a new source for poke and sushi. Fast-casual restaurant Kaku Sushi & Poke debuted on September 7 in Bloomfield Hills.
Kaku, located at 869 W. Long Lake Rd., is owned by longtime metro Detroit sushi chef Kaku Usui. Originally from Tokyo, Usui has spent the last 20 years working at popular sushi restaurant establishments around the area including roughly 10 years as executive chef at Ronin Sushi in Royal Oak.
Poke (pronounced poh-kay) is popular dish developed in Hawaii that features chopped, raw fish mixed with items like seaweed and sauce. It’s often served over rice like a deconstructed sushi roll. In recent years the dish has captured the attention of restauranteurs looking to capitalize on the fast-casual dining trend with build-your-own poke bowls. However, while poke has become a popular menu item in restaurants across the United States in recent years, it’s still only offered at a only handful of establishments throughout metro Detroit.
Usui’s menu features signature bowls such as salmon ponzu poke served with salmon, shisho, scallions, jalapeños, edamame, seaweed, sesame seeds, and ponzu sauce. Patrons can also customize their own bowl. The restaurant is also offering a variety of nigiri and sushi roll options. Sushi bar staples such as seaweed salad and miso soup are also available.
Kaku Sushi & Poke is located at 869 W. Long Lake Rd in Bloomfield Hills; the restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; 248-480-4785; Website.