You’ve probably seen videos of sushi donuts and spam fries on Facebook. Or maybe you haven’t and my Facebook feed is disproportionately flooded with videos of food. Maybe both! I saw these things in two separate videos and found out that they could both be found in one magical place: Project Poke!
So Sean and I are heading down to Orange County and I have a whole list of things to try, but I’ve been on a seafood and raw fish kick so Project Poke sounded like a pretty good options. The sushi donut and spam fries were must-trys, but since they were more snack-appropriate, the sushirrito was the main event.
Sean and I split an order of spam fries, a salmon sushi donut, and I had a deluxe sushirrito while he had a salmon and tuna one. I’m always on the hunt for a good sushirrito. The guy suggested that I go for the deluxe or salmon one and I definitely wanted tuna in the mix, so I went for the deluxe, which has tuna, avocado, seaweed salad, amongst a few other toppings. I asked for some spicy mayo in there because I’m me and I love sauce. Also, spicy mayo is the bomb.
The sushirrito was pretty good, but not the best I’ve ever had. I don’t feel like the sauces really came through, so a little on the drier side. The avocado added some creaminess to the mix, but it wasn’t life changing. I don’t know what it is about avocado that makes people consider something “deluxe”, but Sean’s salmon and tuna was clearly superior. Avocado is a nice extra, but it doesn’t bring it for me. I will give this sushirrito credit for the seaweed salad. I love that shit and it definitely upped this sushirrito game.
Next order of business: spam fries. For the record, I do not like Spam. At least I don’t think I do The idea of it upsets me, it’s meat in a can. I may have tried it once and it tasted exactly like that – meat in a can. Maybe I should have cooked it or something, but it’s just not something that calls to me. These fries, however, were great. I guess if you cut meat in a can up into small strips and deep fry them, the results are pretty great. I was pretty disappointed that they didn’t put spicy mayo on top of the fries like they did in the video, but it was still pretty good. It came with a sweet pineapple dipping sauce that had a mild kick. Pretty solid combo, overall.
Last but not least, the sushi donut. I decided to go with a salmon donut with spicy tuna filling. “Where does the spicy tuna go?” I asked curiously. Inside. The. Donut. I don’t know what magical machine they have back there, but behold – a perfectly sculpted donut ring stuffed with spicy tuna and topped with salmon strips, radishes, masago, and cucumbers. Amazing.
If you’re a sushi lover with a curiosity for spam fries and ever find yourself near Fountain Valley, I recommend checking this place out.
Where?: 16051 Brookhurst St Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Price Range: $10-15
Parking: Large lot