Along with New Year resolutions related to weight-loss and healthier eating, you will see even more Poké Bowls shops sprouting around. Especially in the CBD Raffles Place, Tanjong Pagar areas.
Other than the more familiar names of Aloha Poké, A Poke Theory, Alter Ego, Katto, Ninja Bowl, Sprout, Rollie Ollie, let’s say “Hello” or “Aloha” to Pololi (Telok Ayer), Poke Doke (Millenia Walk), Alakai (Everton Park), Makai Poke (Tanjong Pagar Centre), Loloku (Keong Saik Road), Sweetfish Poke (Capitol Piazza), and Salmon Samurai (100AM). Stray By Fatcat at Orchard Cineleisure also serves up Yu Sheng Poke Bowl.
Poké (poh-keh) Bowls have been a staple in the Hawaiian islands, and became a food trend in major US cities, and Singapore in recent times. Poké is the Hawaiian verb for “section” or “to slice or cut”.
If you are confused between Poké Bowls and Bara Chirashi don, the main difference is, the cubed raw sashimi fish used are seasoned in varied, colourful ways, topped on grains or greens.
As to why they have become so popular, it is largely because they are healthy, delicious, filling, and unique with varied sauces. Some shops also allow customisation, and even have quinoa and green options (not so ‘traditional’ anymore).
Here are some of the 14 Poké Bowls you can find 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)
Change Alley @ Chevron House
30 Raffles Place, #01-34, Singapore 048622
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 11.30am – 3pm (Sat), Closed Sun, PH
The pioneer of Poke Bowls in Singapore
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. Still one of my favourite bowls around. Aloha Poké (Amoy Street)
A Poké Theory
27 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069623
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon-Fri), 9am – 3m (Sat), Closed Sun
Poké Bowls And Superfood Smoothie Bowls
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)
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
The Evil Twin of A Poké Theory
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.
The 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 generally preferred the Spicy Garlic Sesame ($16) over the Dynamite ($15), 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 (Esplanade)
#B2-30, 13 Stamford Road, Capitol Piazza Singapore 178905 (Cityhall MRT Exit D)
Opening Hours: 11.30 am – 8.00pm Daily
Hawaiian, Sweet Yuzu Cream, And Kimchi Poke Made Fresh-To-Order
Sweetfish Poke, decorated in fuchsia pink and white, is located at the basement of Capitol Piazza, nearer to the exit from City Hall MRT.
It is more of a takeaway concept, with limited 4 seats if you would like to dine in-house.
There are 5 signature bowls crafted, Hawaiian Original, Wasabi Mayo, Roasted Sesame, Sweet Yuzu Cream, and Kimchi. The bowls come with a base of Japanese Rice, Red Brown Rice Mix, or Chopped Romaine.
Prices are $9 for “Hungry” size and $14 for the “Starving” size. Here’s what I like about Sweetfish: Bowls are marinated fresh-to-order, which ensures a certain level of freshness. It made that difference. Sweetfish Poke (Capitol Piazza)
1 Fusionopolis Place, Galaxis Building, #01-21/22, Singapore 138522
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 2pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Poké Bowls With Asian, Singaporean Flavours
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. An affordable choice for lunch-goers. Katto (Galaxis)
15 Duxton Road Singapore 089481
Tel: +65 6222 8055
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 7:30pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 6pm (Sat – Sun)
Japanese Inspired Rice Bowls
Ninja Bowl does not specialise in Poke Bowls per se, but Japanese inspired rice bowls.
Their Yasai Bowl ($16) is a quite a value-for-money lunch option with generous servings of salmon poke, along with mixed sultans, onsen egg and tomatoes.
You can add on $2 for ‘Ninja Rice’ – a blend of vinegared Japanese pearl rice and brown rice, as its base, or $3 for quinoa.
I like the rice bowl which gave the feeling of being both healthy and tasty at the same time. They have salad options as well. The gym-going, need-protein people should love this. Ninja Bowl (Duxton Road)
41 Duxton Road Singapore 089505
Tel: +65 5221 1227
Opening Hours: 10am – 8:30pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 7pm (Sat)
Not the traditional Poké Bowls
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
Sushi Rolls and Poke Bowls
An Asian fusion kiosk with a touch of California style. Some of Rollie Ollie’s Poke Bowls are also available at the Star Vista outlet.
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).
51 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 048441 (Near Telok Ayer MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:00pm (Mon – Fri), 11:30am – 6pm (Sat), Closed Sun
1st Hawaiian Poke Shack From Hong Kong Opens In Singapore
The pioneer poke shack to spread the love of Hawaiian poke bowl concept in Hong Kong, is now available in Singapore.
Their poke bowls come in two sizes – Kama’aina ($17.99), regular size with 180g of fish and Keiki ($15.99), small size with 150g of fish.
Here’s how it works: First, select the base option from white rice, brown rice or salad.
Next, pick the choice of poke from the variety of flavors which changes on a daily basis.
The shop does not explicitly list down their flavors, but some of the flavors I came across were Traditional Spicy, Yuzu Shoyu, Thai Sweet Chili, and Wasabi Mayo. Not the typical ones. Pololi (Telok Ayer Street)
9 Raffles Boulevard #01-95, Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
Tel: +65 9181 9140
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm Daily
Spicy And Wasabi Poké Bowls In Singapore
Poke Doke’s menu is straightforward with 3 types of signature marinade – What’s up Wasabi, Spicy Almighty and The OG, over the choice of salmon or tuna.
You can choose from the range of standard bowls with preset poké and topping pairings.
The standard range includes Poke Doke Signature ($14), Power Food Tuna Bowl ($14) and Umi Japanese Bowl ($15.50), or DIY your bowl.
There is also a vegetarian dressing option made for their Vegetarian Shitake Tofu Bowl ($12.50).
Poke Doke (Millenia Walk)
Tanjong Pagar Centre #B1-08, 7 Wallich Street Singapore 078884 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 11:30am – 3:30pm (Sat – Sun)
#9.90 Poke Bowl At Tanjong Pagar Centre
All 4 Poke Bowls that Makai offers – Makai Shoyu Salmon, Spicy Salmon, Yuzu Soy Ahi Tuna and Roasted Sesame Ahi Tuna are priced at $9.90.
This is probably one of the lowest priced (if not the lowest) Poke Bowl in Singapore.
Other than marinated fish cubes, you can expect generous ingredients of both rice and salad, along with a mix of avocado, Japanese cucumber, carrot, cherry tomatoes, pineapple, salmon roe and lime wedge. Now you know where to get fresh, healthy, affordable Poke Bowls in the CBD.
Good to know that all the marinations at Makai are made in-house, and not direct from suppliers’ source of ready-made sauces.
3 Everton Park #01-79 Singapore 080003 (Outram Park (Exit G, Police Cantonment from Purple Line)
Tel: +65 69044957
Opening Hours: 11am – 2pm, 6pm – 9pm (Mon – Fri)
Poke Bowls Made-To-Order
Somewhat different from the rest, Alakai at Everton Park makes poke fresh to order, rather than have the fish out on a display set for selection.
Your choice of fish (tuna, salmon, prawns) or tofu combined with a sauce, and sides of rice or salad. There are 5 sauces available, from Alakai Ho’ono – their house mix, to soy sauce blend, coconut and lime dressing, creamy spicy Korean to a rotating seasonal.
As the owner is from Hawaii, he chooses to have the food served not in a bowl, but as a Hawaiian-style plate lunch.
100 Tras Street, #03-22 100AM, Singapore 079027
Tel: +65 6543 6823
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon-Fri ), 12pm – 6pm (Sat – Sun)
$9.90 Salmon Donburi & Poke Bowls At 100AM Tanjong Pagar
Salmon Samurai at 100AM Mall has entered this (almost) saturated market, with its differentiating factors being affordable at $9.90 per bowl, and focusing on salmon – the raw fish type Singaporeans love most.
The salmon donburi shop is opened by the team behind Standing Sushi Bar, Shinkansen Salad and Tanuki Raw, and so I was going with certain expectation.
There are 5 basic Donburis, from Salmon Sashimi, Salmon Mentaiko, Garlic Shoyu Salmon, Salmon Poke and Spicy Salmon, all priced at $9.90 for your doses of omega-3. Salmon Samurai (100AM)
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
Fun-Looking Poke Bar And Deli At Keong Saik
Unlike other Poke Bowl shops which are typically a grab-and-go concept, there are seating spaces at Loloku.
The interior was part-Hawaiian tropical, part decorated with pinky flamingos – at least it has some personality.
5 basic bowls are offered, along with a DIY “Build you own bowl” option. They include The Nani Tofu ($14, $16) with brown rice, tofu, seaweed salad, mixed vegetables, edamame, almonds, miso dressing; and The Wikiwiki Salmon ($14, $16) of kombu rice & quinoa, salmon, jalapeno, kimchi, almonds, avocado, chipotle mayo.
In terms of taste and freshness, this bowl would rank somewhere in the middle. Perhaps heartier portions would have helped. Loloku (Keong Siak)
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