Together with salads, rice grain bowls and cold pressed juices, Poké Bowls are becoming the favourite healthy meal option among many CBD executives.
Nothing to do with Pokémons, these Poké (poh-keh) Bowls have been a staple in the Hawaiian islands, and became a food trend in major US cities during recent times. Pokē is the Hawaiian verb for “section” or “to slice or cut”.
It is somewhat like a bowl of Bara Chirashi don, with cubed raw sashimi fish seasoned in varied, colourful ways, topped on grains or greens.
Here are some of the 5 Best Poké Bowls In Singapore
Marina Bay Link Mall, 8A Marina Boulevard, #B2-46, Singapore 018984
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 11:30am – 2:30pm (Sat)
92 Amoy Street, Singapore 069911 (Telok Ayer MRT)
Tel: +65 6221 6165
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11pm (Mon-Sat, Closed Sun)
The first player’s advantage. Aloha Poké is probably the ones who started the Poké Bowl trend in Singapore itself.
There are three standard sizes of Poké bowls – the Lil’ Swell ($11.90) that comes with 1 scoop of 75g Poké, Standard Nalu ($15.90) with 2 scoops of 150g Poke and Big Kahuna ($19.90) with 3 scoops of 225g Poké.
As for the poké, you can pick either Raw Ahi Tuna or Raw Salmon in three different flavours – original, wasabi mayo or spicy. Sometimes there are seasonal specials.
Complete your poké bowl with a base of white rice, brown rice, a mix of both, or salad only, followed by two complimentary add-ons and one complimentary superfood.
If in doubt, get the Standard Nalu Salmon ($15.90) which contains chunky cubes of salmon with zesty sweet fruits such as mangoes, served on crunchy lettuce over a bed of rice.
I ordered a Spicy version before, and its fieriness kicked almost every bite. Can be satisfying, but may be distracting for those who enjoy simple plainness in your healthy lunch. Aloha Poké (Amoy Street)
(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormcape)
A Poké Theory
27 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069623
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon-Fri), 9am – 3m (Sat), Closed Sun
Unlike Aloha Poké with both Signature and Customised Poké bowls, A Poké Theory’s is fully customised according to our preferences.
First, we will choose one of the 3 options as the base: Sushi Rice, Lemon Herb Quinoa or Romaine Lettuce.
Next, we will choose from 4 different flavoured cuts: Shoyu Tuna, Spicy Garlic Sesame Tuna, Spicy Mayo Salmon or Avocado Miso Salmon.
A regular bowl (100g) of tuna will cost $11.50 and salmon at $12.50, whereas a large bowl (150g) of tuna will cost $15 and salmon at $16.50.
Our favourite was the Avocado Miso Salmon with a creamy texture, topped with sushi rice. Oishii. Becoming very popular among the CBD folks. A Poke Theory (Boon Tat Street)
1 Fusionopolis Place, Galaxis Building, #01-21/22, Singapore 138522
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 2pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Katto is a quick-service restaurant which serves these Poké Bowls (or boxes) with some fun flavours, think Chicken Rice Chilli Salmon, Creamy Goma Tuna, Tangy Thai Tuna, Classic Shoyu Salmon and California Unrolled Salmon.
There are 6 flavours of Sashimi for you to choose from, 6 different vegetable supplements, and 3 bases of white rice, brown rice or salad.
The one thing I noted was its pricing, more affordable than shops nearer the CBD.
A Mini Size which contains one portion of 70 grams fish, one base of 250 grams of white rice, brown rice or salad base, and a vegetable side is quite affordably priced at $7.90. I found the portion filling enough (but that’s me).
The Main Size with has an additional serving of fish and side cost $12.90. The rice is of the same grammage.
Good to know that a salad base is available for both size, and you can also choose a half-half option for your base. Katto (Galaxis)
41 Duxton Road Singapore 089505
Tel: +65 5221 1227
Opening Hours: 10am – 8:30pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 7pm (Sat)
Just a few shops away from Ninja Bowl is Sprout, serving Salad Bowls such as Ahi Poke Bowl, Beef & Broccoli Bowl and Korean Chicken Bowl.
Their version of Ahi Poke Bowl is different from the rest, with yellowfin tuna neatly arranged with creamy avocados, added with other ingredients of pineapple, rocket, red onion, Japanese cucumber with scallions.
Instead of rice, the bowl is served with warm quinoa which was actually quite tasty. (And I thought there was some wasabi-like aftertaste in the sauce used.)
Suntec City Mall Pasarbella #01-K42, North Wing 3 Temasek Blvd Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 8188 1531
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
An Asian fusion kiosk with a touch of California style. The Poke Bowls are only available at their Suntec outlet, not Star Vista.
First, pick your rice preference – sushi, brown or tea infused rice.
Then add the Poke which are available in some Asian and fun flavours such as Wild About Wasabi ($14.95, $17.95), Seoul Surfer which includes Korean spicy sauce ($13.95, $16.95), Thai Twist ($13.95, $16.95) and Yuzu Bliss ($14.95, $17.95).
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