Hawaiian and Japanese cooking come together at Fugu Poke House, where Andres Castro gives customers oodles of meal combinations.
“I have a little bit of everything for everybody,” said Castro, a native of Mexico.
Fugu Poke House opened in June at 23702 Interstate 10 West, Suite 101 in the Dominion Springs Plaza.
Castro, 19 years in the restaurant industry, attended the School of Culinary Arts Cordon Bleu in Florence, Italy. He’s labored at several San Antonio eateries, with tasks ranging from contract work to design.
“I’m not just concentrated in the kitchen. I really like to be doing everything,” Castro said.
He owns two more restaurants, Uni’Ko Japanese House, 17803 La Cantera Terrace, and another in Italy.
The name of his newest eatery derives from various sources. Fugu means puffer fish in Japanese. Poke is diced, raw fish and a main dish of native Hawaiians. Plus, Castro added “house” to create a homey mood.
“I wanted it to feel very comfortable and you feel like you’re in your house,” he said.
The fast-casual menu offers poke bowls, burritos and salads, along with poke noodles, soup and a Fugu burger made with spicy tuna, mozzarella and avocado on an artisan bun.
Customers choose from a bowl, burrito or salad, then add toppings, proteins such as tuna, shrimp, beef, tofu or chicken; sauces; and “crispies” such as dry noodles or nuts.
“You tell me what you like,” Castro said. “You can do your own mixes and your own unique ingredients.”
The entrepreneur hopes to open five more area locations, including an Alamo Heights spot in early 2019.
“You have to follow your potential, your love and your passion. When you have that together, it’s like a river, easy to go,” he added.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.
FUGU POKE HOUSE
23702 Interstate 10 West, Suite 101
For more, call 210-267-5504 or visit fugupokehouse.com