SeaSide Poké Pop-Up @ Lincoln Bar Houston

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Hey everyone! Last weekend, me and Jarred went to a special pop-up restaurant event at Lincoln Bar + Kitchen here in Houston. We never really attended any event like this before, so we weren’t sure what to expect!

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First off, there was a line almost circling back around the bar! We didn’t really expect to have been in such a line, considering we came about 15 minutes early. Even after we went in, there was a steady stream of people who kept coming in.

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Featuring: Jarred’s everlasting bitch-face.

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The menu was very simplistic, but you’ll see on the latter photos that they were much more ornate then they come across on the menu.

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There was a bit of a wait when it came to ordering, which was completely understandable considering every table filled up in less then ten minutes, the kitchen/bar was backed up with everyone ordering at once., and I’m sure the chef’s were not accustomed to Lincoln’s kitchen. Luckily, it seems that all the guests were fairly understanding of the situation. Most of the wait staff were shuffling to get everyone’s orders, we almost felt bad for being there! Shout out to our amazing waitress, Sweet Dee, for always checking up on us and just being the sweetest (and having really good taste in lipstick, love you girl!).

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When the food finally came, it was hard not just dig in (I luckily slapped Jarred’s hand away before he ruined my photos).

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Poké Jang – Tuna, Spicy Gochujang Vinaigrette, Puff Rice

Jarred ordered the Poké Jang. He thought the tuna was tomatoes at first, but the plating was bright and neat, especially with the edible violet flowers.

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The gochujang vinaigrette was spicy, but paired well with the orange slices and radishes. The puff rice was great touch, they added a crunchy component to the dish.

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We switched bowls mid-way, and I luckily had the chance to taste this! My favourite element of the dish were the edible purple flowers, I never had anything liked that before.

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The Classic – Salmon (or tuna), Soy, Sesame

I’ve been wanting a fresh raw fish dish for a while, so I was excited to try this. The salmon was accompanied by fresh avocado, cucumbers, crab meat, sesame, and chives on a bed of sticky rice.

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I’ve never been a fan of avocados (other than the occasional avocado shakes), but something about the grassy and sweet flavour of the avocado mixed with the fresh bite of the cucumbers, the natural sweetness of crab meat, and the buttery fattiness of the salmon really harmonized well together.

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We’d love to have something like this here permanently in Houston! We need some rest from all the red meat. We want to thank Lincoln Bar + Kitchen for hosting this pop-up, it was a great event and we had a really great time!

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