The wait is almost over. Little Bear Poke is officially opening in Upper Montclair on May 24. When it comes to the menu, Poke — fresh, raw fish bowls with inventive seasonings — is the star of the show. Little Bear, who has its fish delivered daily from Local 130 in Asbury Park, will feature signature bowls such as the Kenzo with arctic char, asparagus, and roasted macadamia nuts, served with a classic shoyu sauce and a hint of wasabi, as well as the option to build your own bowl. Onigiri, rice balls seasoned with sesame salt and wrapped in nori, are another menu staple.
On the sweet side, Little Bear will also offer its Shave Ice: mounds of fluffy ice flakes dressed in sweet, refreshing, house-made natural syrups.
The team behind Little Bear is sisters Noelle Hozumi and Bridget Placek, and Dave Placek, Bridget’s husband. The sisters developed the menu combining foods they know and love alongside the expertise of friend and Hawaii-based chef John Adams, who owns a popular restaurant on Kauai.
Little Bear Poke, 254 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair, 973-337-5151. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (opening May 24).