Pow-Pow Opens on H Street NE

Asian Restaurant Mixes Japanese, Chinese and Korean Flavors

Pow-Pow is at 1253 H Street NE. (Photo: Pow-Pow)

A new Asian fusion eatery opened at 1253 H Street NE on May 7. Combining Japanese, Korean and Chinese influences, Pow-Pow serves up farm-fresh salads, hearty bowls and giant egg rolls in a fast-casual setting. Plus, any dish can be made vegetarian or vegan.

Pow-Pow is the joint creation of partners Shaun Sharkey, Lavangna's Stephen Cheung and Sticky Rice's John Yamashita. While many establishments on H Street focus on the nightlife and sit-down dining, Pow-Pow is designed to fill a void in lunchtime and quick-food, stated Sharkey.

“The idea is to get people in and out in 10 minutes if they need a quick option, but without sacrificing creativity or quality,” Sharkey said. His favorite menu item is their spin on orange chicken made with a vegetarian mock meat. And, of course, the egg rolls.

“The egg rolls are literally from your wrist to your elbow, the size of your arm,” Sharkey said.

Before helping open Pow-Pow, Sharkey worked for 15 years in the music industry. He moved to the H Street area about nine years ago.

“The neighborhood has been very welcoming,” Sharkey said. “I thought it was going to be harder to catch them, but it’s been exactly the opposite.”

Pow-Pow is open Sunday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.

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