PokeKai Food Truck

“Central Florida foodies can say “Aloha” to fresh Hawaiian cuisine and Pacific Rim delights such as Poke Bowls, Poke Burgers, Avokai and Bao Buns. PokeKai also features rotating specials like their Poke Nachos and Kalua Pork Baos!”

(Photo courtesy À La Cart website.)

We’ve eaten at PokeKai food truck at À La Cart several times since they’ve taken up space there. Originally Miami-based (Brickell), PokeKai offers a diverse menu of dishes and items in the (what seems to be) ever-growing “poke” space in the Central Florida area (they are also in Clermont). And has we mentioned earlier that we’ve been to visit several times–not only to Pokekai but also to À La Cart–one of our very favorite go-to dishes is the Huli Huli Chicken, which is made up of teriyaki chicken, sesame seeds, white onions and scallions, edamame, pineapple (which we typically request to be omitted), tomatoes, cilantro, carrots, and eel sauce. It’s delicious and so flavorful. And healthy! The eel sauce coupled with the bits of chicken and complemented with the sesame seeds are some of the most notable things about this creation – at least in our opinion.

We will, say, though, we were really hyping not only this truck but specifically this dish recently when we took a friend on their inaugural PokeKai visit, and while we actually opted for another vendor this trip – they got this bowl upon our recommendation and it was not good. We did try some of the chicken from their order and it was quite chewy and didn’t seem all that fresh. That was certainly a disappointing day for us…. ☹️

(Huli Huli Chicken. Not the “bad” dish.)

In full disclosure, we did share with the owner of the truck about this experience, and while they offered to replace it with another dish our dining companion declined.

Again, while we were most definitely disappointed our raving recommendation wasn’t met with a similar review, we’ve had nothing but great food experiences with PokeKai. Honestly, there are so many appealing looking items on the PokeKai menu we don’t know why we always just stick to this one particular thing. A few of the other items that look outstanding and we’re eager to try on future visits are: The Tofu Fries (we’re just as surprised as you are); the Brie Paradise (shrimp tempura); the Hawaiian Loco Moco (beef teriyaki; it’s probably the egg that seals the deal); and the Poke Burger (yes – that’s a crispy rice bun), among a few.

We won’t full detail out all of the dishes we’re craving above. Most of them are self-explanatory just by the dish title(s) alone. But you can always check out Pokekai’s website for full explanations and information. And you don’t have to just stick to the menu, either; you can build your own dish that includes a base, a protein, multiple toppings and a sauce.

One of the things we love most about PokeKai is you can order online and pick it up in a rush. But if you simply wanna hang around while you’re there and your order is being prepared – of course you can grab a drink from the extensive beer menu and just take in the sights.

Location deets:

609 Irvington Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803

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