Wining & Dining
Rolls and Bowls
3/1/2020 12:00:00 AM

Rolls and Bowls

Sushi and sashimi have been mainstays in our nation’s culinary culture since soon after the late 1960s when it was first introduced to Americans. More recently, raw fish is catching on in new, exciting ways – namely the Hawaiian concept of poké (pronounced PO-kay and means to slice or cut) and the Japanese notion of bento, which is a prepared lunch, usually served either in a box or on a tray with separate compartments. Several new Lake Charles establishments offer innovative takes on these age-old traditions.

Poké Geaux has been a dining staple in Lafayette since early 2018. They got the Poké ball rolling in Lake Charles at their fourth location on Nelson Road late last year. At Poké Geaux, the concept is simple, but the choices are endless. All options are available in either a bowl, wrap, or salad. You can create-your-own by choosing a base (sushi, brown or coconut rice), a protein or two, mix-ins (vegetables and fruits), a sauce, and toppings. Can’t decide? Choose from a variety of their Signature Geauxs – tempting pre-designed combos sure to perk up your taste buds. If you’re watching calories, Poké Geaux provides calorie counts on their menu and offers several "Eat Fit Geaux” options.

4740 Nelson Rd, Lake Charles,, 337-656-2917

C-J Sprout offers a similar model to Poké Geaux – build-your-own with a base, protein, toppings, sauce, and garnishes – but kicks up the menu options considerably. In addition to bowls, rolls, and salads, they also serve poké in clever cone-shaped crepes and fusion-inspired sushi burritos. Drink choices include a dizzying array of irresistible matcha lattes, smoothies, fruit teas, boba teas, and other specialty drinks, such as their Light Bulb Teas. And do save room for dessert! You won’t believe their over-the-top ice cream concoctions called Bubble Egg Waffles until you taste one for yourself!

4301 Nelson Rd, Lake Charles,, 337-564-6360

Looking for a quiet, unhurried place with a great atmosphere? 

UMANI Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar opened late last year under new ownership in what was previously the well-established Miyako. Their extensive menu offers a long list of sushi rolls and sashimi, hibachi, rice and noodle entrees, soups, and appetizers. Lunch is an excellent bargain at UMAMI. Try their Business Lunch Bento, Rice Bowls, Lunch Makimono (sushi combo), or a variety of salads, all accompanied with stellar service. Full bar available.

915 E. Prien Lake Rd., 337-478-1600

Posted by: Angie Kay Dilmore | Submit comment | Tell a friend




© Copyright 2021, Thrive Magazine. All rights reserved.