The Place Another healthy dining option opened in the CBD area about one week ago. Located along Amoy Street, Aloha Poke is a Hawaiian concept which serves healthy rice and salad bowls in a causal setting. Found out from one of the partners that Poke (pronounced as poh-key) is all over Hawaii, which is actually marinated raw fish, due to the strong Japanese influence on the island. With mostly counter seats, the space is small and packed during lunch hours; noticed most customers were doing takeaways.
The Food You can either customize your own bowl by filling up a form to select your grains (white/brown rice), protein (tuna/salmon) in various flavours (original/spicy/wasabi mayo), one complimentary superfood (avocado, chia seeds, Pomegranate or Quail’s Egg) as well as two complimentary toppings (flying fish roe, almond, walnut, edamame and cherry tomatoes), topped off with scallions, pineapple and lime.
Had the Standard Nalu ($15.90) where I get to have 150g of Poke, which I chose both the Ahi Tuna (Yellowtail Tuna) and Salmon in its original flavours. In Hawaii, tuna is the default option but the restaurant decided to have more variety locally, hence the salmon option. I am a big fan of sashimi, so I was quite happy that the sashimi here is quite fresh, which is being prepared daily. The good mix of ingredients I chose is definitely the kind of lunch I feel like having after a guilty weekend indulgence. Other than the tuna and salmon Poke, I chose the brown rice, almond nuts and avocado to go along with the salad greens and slices of pineapple. For me, the medium size bowl was filling enough as I do not go for a heavy lunch anyway.
The smallest size Lil’ Swell goes for $11.90 for one scoop of Poke (75g), while the Big Kahuna goes for $19.90 for three scoops of Poke (225g).
Rants The lack of seats can be a problem for bigger lunch groups.
Will I Return Again? I must confess I can’t have such healthy food for lunch everyday as I will crave for my dosage of guilty food as well. But Aloha Poke is a place I will return for my guilt-free lunch, as I think it does not come across as too bland on the whole for a healthy grub due to its fresh sashimi flavours.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
92 Amoy Street
8A Marina Boulevard
#B2-46 Marina Bay Link Mall
Monday to Friday: 11.30am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 11pm
Saturday: 11.30am to 2.30pm
Tel: +65 6221 6565
Ranted by The Ranter