Chef Rodelio Aglibot is bringing his Hawaiian roots to Chicago this Spring with FireFin Poké Shop, an 850 sq. ft. quick-serve restaurant in the Loop. The poké shop, located at 10 S. LaSalle St., will be one of the first of its kind in Chicago featuring healthy, Hawaiian-style poké salads and bowls. The restaurant is a collaboration between Aglibot (aka The Food Buddha), creative partner and Chef Frank Fronda, Chef Shin Thompson (Furious Spoon) and restaurateur Anshul Mangal (Furious Spoon). FireFin intends to introduce poké to Chicago through the familiar quick-serve approach while spreading “Aloha” (meaning peace, compassion and love) in the process.
Chef Aglibot wants to introduce Chicagoans to the Hawaiian dish that he grew up with while spreading the spirit of Aloha. Although many poké dishes feature raw fish, “poké” actually means “to cut or dice” and can be prepared with a variety of ingredients, including tofu and chicken, both of which FireFin will offer. The restaurant will source sustainable, long-line caught ahi tuna and albacore (tombo tuna) directly from the islands.
“FireFin will be more than just poké and seafood—we will be a great destination for Chicagoans seeking a healthy and “crave-able” quick-service food experience,” states Rodelio.
Sustainable and healthy ingredients will be a focus in everything from the base of the bowls to the sauces, which will be sugar-free. The rice base, termed “purple rice”, will be a mixture of organic black rice and white rice.
The menu will consist of 8-10 composed poké bowls with varying flavor profiles as well as the option to “build your own” bowl. A typical bowl consists of a base (purple rice, gluten-free noodles, lettuce cups or garden greens) and a protein (raw tuna, salmon, tombo tuna, chicken or tofu) topped with a variety of healthy ingredients and gluten-free sauces.
Aglibot’s playful approach to naming dishes will be prevalent at FireFin. A prime example of this is the Poké Me Sweetly, a fruit based bowl with coconut sorbet. The FireFin, will feature purple rice, ahi tuna, pickled jalapeños, avocado and fire sauce (classic FireFin poké sauce with yuzu kosho and habanero). The menu will also evolve throughout the year featuring seasonal ingredients and flavors. The beverage program will feature healthy teas, juices and custom infusions.
The restaurant will have a modern design balanced with warm colors and soft edges. A welcoming environment will be an essential part of the FireFin experience.
FireFin Poké Shop will be located at 10 S. LaSalle Street in Chicago. For more information, please visit their website.