If A Poké Theory is a goody (healthy) two-shoes, Alter Ego at The Esplanade would be the entirely opposite – darker, bolder and more sinfully delicious.
Since the opening of A Poké Theory at Boon Tat Street, their Poké bowls seems to have garnered some love.
Fast forward four months, the team is definitely swift in venturing into another similar concept poké store.
Indeed, there are a couple of noticeable “alternate” elements of the place.
Alter Ego serves Hawaiian Poké by day, and morphs into a bar grub at night serving a range of craft beer and ciders.
While A Poké Theory focuses on healthy eating and wholesome meals, Alter Ego has a “dirty” menu which offers sinful sides such as Fried Chicken Skin ($8), Grilled Cheese ($14), Pizza Fries ($14), Pulled Pork Dip ($11), Buffalo Wigs ($14) and Salted Yolk Pork Ribs ($16).
The idea of “Pizza Fries” sounded like something from some kids’ menu item. Okay, I was wrong.
Like some deconstructed pizza, the fries were covered with loads of melted cheese garnished with pepperoni slices, paired with bacon ketchup.
Super sinful, and I would probably get fat on calorie overload. But I didn’t care.
Instead of customizing your own, the Poké bowls here are all pre-set with the familiar A Poké Theory’s marinade; Shoyu, Spicy Garlic Sesame, Avocado Miso and Spicy Mayo.
A little bird also mentioned that marinade pairing with type of fish used were also swapped – i.e., A Poké Theory uses Shoyu on Tuna and Alter Ego uses Shoyu on Salmon.
I had the Umami Omega ($16) – a Spicy Garlic Sesame Salmon bowl, and Dynamite Kickin’ ($15) – a Spicy Mayo Tuna bowl.
Creamy fish texture and crunchy ingredients with an occasional hint of spice. I like.
Apart from the marinade, accompanying ingredients such as cherry tomato, cucumber, ikura etc were somewhat similar across. It was like same-same, but different?
I generally preferred the Spicy Garlic Sesame over the Dynamite, as you would still taste of the natural freshness of the fish, rather than the seasoning overpowering everything else.
On a side note, I also wondered about the size and shallowness of the bowl, as ingredients kept falling out as I dug inside.
Alter Ego would be good for late night catch up with friends thanks to their extended opening hours.
Just a thought, the element of “dirty” menu is currently focused on the sides. Perhaps they can also come up with an indulgence bowl to suit the theme.
Well, I wouldn’t mind return to feast on Poké bowls while enjoying the Esplanade Waterfront view together with some drinks.
8 Raffles Avenue #01-13D, Esplanade Mall, Singapore 039802
Tel: +65 6327 9301
Opening Hours: 11am – 1am (Mon-Thu), 11am – 2am (Fri), 10am – 2am (Sat), 10am – 1am (Sun), Poké bowls served from 11am – 8pm.
* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.