Loloku – Fun-Looking Poke Bar And Deli At Keong Saik
Loloku is Poke Bowl shop Number XX in Singapore, joining the influx of other similar shops in the CBD area.
Too many, or not enough? You just wonder what will happen one day if there are just too many shops like this, or if there is another raw fish scare. Anyway…
The fun looking Loloku took over Lollapalooza at The Working Capitol, sharing space with Don Ho Social Kitchen and Bar.
Unlike other Poke Bowl shops which are typically a grab-and-go concept, there are seating spaces next door.
The interior was part-Hawaiian tropical, part decorated with pinky flamingos – at least it has some personality. Coffee is from Sarnies.
Dining here could make use feel more relaxed, as you are surrounded by greens with chill-chill vibes.
5 basic bowls are offered, along with a DIY “Build you own bowl” option. They are:
– The Nani Tofu ($14, $16)
Brown rice, tofu, seaweed salad, mixed vegetables, edamame, almonds, miso dressing
– The Wikiwiki Salmon ($14, $16)
Kombu rice & quinoa, salmon, jalapeno, kimchi, almonds, avocado, chipotle mayo
– The Pupule Tuna ($14, $16)
Mixed vegetables, tuna, tobiko, jalapeno, walnuts, fried shallots, house spicy sweet sauce
– The Ono Hamachi ($16, $18)
Kumbu rice, hamachi, edamame, seaweed salad, pickled ginger, tobiko, ponzu & wasabi
– The Koa Wagyu ($16, $18)
Braised Wagyu beef, kumbu rice, mixed vegetables, fried shallots, slow cooked egg, almonds
Prices seem a notch higher than the regular Poke Bowl shop, but customers may be prepared to pay more due to the available seating area, and variety of ingredients.
I ordered the Wikiwiki Salmon, and some might like that there were a lot going on in a single bowl, as if it was more value-for-money. A bit of kimchi here, some avocado there.
The pickled jalapeno added some kick, though the many pieces could be distracting if you want the fresh taste of fish to be the focus.
In terms of taste and freshness (I probably have tried 90% of the Poke Bowl shops in Singapore), this bowl would rank somewhere in the middle. Perhaps heartier portions would have helped.
An area Loloku would look into would be organisation and processes, somehow lacking the clockwork preciseness to deliver the food fast and efficiently. I observed that the servers weren’t sure what exactly to include into each bowl, there were some putting in and taking out… but perhaps it was also still in its opening weeks.
1 Keong Saik Road, The Working Capitol Building #01-05 Singapore 089109
Tel: +65 6223 5001
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.00pm – 9.00pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat – Sun
April 27, 2017