Pokéology is a restaurant group that specializes in serving the Hawaiian, simplified version of “sushi-in-a-bowl” known as poke. Houston Press has deemed poke no less than an “obsession,” with the fish and rice bowls popping up all around the city. Leading the culinary pack is Rice Village’s Pokéology, an operation from acclaimed sushi chef Jason Liao. The team managed to make their current non-traditional space into a destination. They now have plans to expand with a more complete dining experience in Houston's Sawyer Yards.
In an industry consisting of multiple players in the same game, Pokéology stands out as the established and forward-thinking brand. After six months of perfecting their offering through wildly popular pop-ups (consistently exceeding several hundred customers), the team opened their first location in an obscure spot - a small, kiosk-sized kitchen in the back of a bar. Their Rice Village location took a 9-by-11 corner inside of Doc Holliday’s, and the team's creativity and resourcefulness allowed them to retrofit and maximize an otherwise impossible space into a trending hit.
The plan at Sawyer Yards will increase the visibility of what the team does best: serve up fresh, delicious and healthy bowls of poke with stellar customer service. Pokéology will continue to source fresh sashimi-grade seafood on a daily basis and combine them with Liao’s homemade sauces and condiments. In addition to the popular poke bowls, the new location will feature a full kitchen. This will allow the team to expand with a new menu that will include appetizers such as wok-smoked edamame and chicken karage (Asian chicken nuggets). Pokéology at Sawyer Yards will also incorporate Asian street food concepts that flow in from Japan, Korea, Los Angeles and New York City. Sushi donuts and sushi burritos — already West Coast phenomena — are examples of some of those new influences.
With unparalleled media coverage from the Houston Press, Houstonia Magazine, Houston Business Journal and many more, Pokéology enters its expansion phase with strong momentum. At 2313 Edwards Street, it will join a trailblazing group of boutiques, restaurants and studios at one of the largest creative hubs in the nation.
The team behind Pokéology is comprised of former U.S. military members and lifetime martial artists. They are proud to bring the discipline of their training into the business. A strong work ethic and a constant pursuit of excellence has propelled the Rice Village location to success in a non-traditional setting. The Pokéology team is excited to create another environment committed to quality, and a place where a new generation of chefs are able to learn and grow.
Charlie and Chef Jason made an appearance on Houston Life (Feb 2017) to share their poke and sushi knowledge.