Joining the latest #eatclean craze within our little red dot are Poké bowls. With no relation to Pokémon, Poké bowls (pronounced ‘poh-kay’) actually originated from tropical Hawaii.
If you are not sure what a Poké bowl consists of, it is essentially a Hawaiian-inspired Chirashi don – slices of raw fish such as tuna or salmon with your choice of rice or greens, topped with sesame seeds, seaweed or other topping variations.
With the slew of Poké bowls popping up around Singapore, it is only a matter of time before we succumb to this latest healthy food trend. If you have finally decided to jump on the bandwagon, here are some Poké bowls in Singapore worth poking your forks and spoons into!
1. A Poke Theory
If you have a considerable appetite and are a little nitpicky about your food, A Poke Theory is the perfect place for you. Here at A Poke Theory, there is no such thing as a signature poké bowl. Whether you prefer sushi rice as opposed to lettuce or tuna as your choice of sashimi, you get to customise your poké bowl just the way you like it!
Start off by choosing your preferred base from healthy choices such as quinoa and romaine lettuce. Thereafter, choose between tuna, salmon or avocado (the vegan option). If you are feeling ravenous, go for the large option with 150g of raw fish. Finally, complete your poké bowl with the array of fresh toppings such as pineapple, tobiko and kalua pork!
With poké bowls starting at just $11.50, it will certainly be a fulfilling meal both in terms of flavour and affordability!
A Poke Theory
Address: 27 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069623
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 11am – 8pm; Sat 11am – 4pm (Closed on Sun)
2. Aloha Poké
As one of the pioneering poké bowl places in Singapore, Aloha Poké brought a taste of Hawaii back to our sunny little island in 2014 and helped kick-start the poké bowl food trend! With fresh and generous amounts of tuna and salmon, paired with a wide selection of add-ons and superfoods, you can indulge in a hearty bowl of healthy goodness, minus the guilt factor.
Aloha Poké makes ordering your poké bowl extremely convenient with their order sheet. There are three sizes available – the smallest portion with 1 scoop of 75g poké starts at $11.90.
Their poké comes in various unique flavours such as original, wasabi mayo and spicy. Additionally, you get to select two free add-ons such as carrots and almond, as well as superfoods the likes of avocado and chia seeds.
Alternatively, if you happen to be short on time or simply unable to decide, there is always the predetermined poké bowls available – the Standard Nalu Tuna ($15.90) or Standard Nalu Salmon ($15.90).
Address: Marina Bay Link Mall, 8A Marina Boulevard, #B2-46, Singapore 018984
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 11.30am – 8pm, Sat 11.30am – 2.30pm (Closed on Sun and PH)
Tel: 6221 6165
For a wholesome and budget-friendly poké bowl, you should absolutely make a trip down to Katto! This quick-service restaurant serves up some delicious poké bowls with a Singaporean twist. On top of the locally-inspired flavours, you can expect a Katto bowl of healthy carbs and protein, and of course, not forgetting the fresh premium sashimi!
Poké bowls here start at the affordable price of $7.90 for its mini size. Feeling famished? Then go for their full size bowl at just $12.90! There is a plethora of exotically Asian flavours for you to choose from, such as Chicken Rice Chili Salmon and Tangy Thai Tuna. Now, you can still indulge in your favourite chicken rice – but in the form of a healthy poké bowl!
Address: 1 Fusionopolis Place, Galaxis Building, #01-21, Singapore 138522
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 11am – 8pm (Closed on weekends)
4. Rollie Olie
Nestled within the hipster PasarBella in Suntec City, Rollie Ollie is an Asian fusion restaurant with a touch of Californian style. Known for its made-to-order fresh sushi rolls, Rollie Ollie also offers appetising Asian- inspired poké bowls that are full of flavour and texture!
Ordering your poké bowl at Rollie Ollie is a no-brainer. First, choose your type of rice base followed by your desired poké, which ranges from flavours such as Green Goodness, the exotic Yuzu Bliss, to the hot and spicy Cha Cha Cha. To enhance your poké experience even further, we highly recommend you go for their flavoursome tea infused rice as your rice base!
5. Alter Ego
Alter Ego has been dubbed the “evil” twin sister of A Poke Theory, serving up healthy and tasty poké bowls but with a dark, sinful side as with Poke & Chips. Nonetheless, you can still indulge in their signature poké bowls, which comes in five predetermined flavour combinations.
Their pre-set poké bowls range between $13 to $16. Flavours include The Original Poke Bowl Shaker and the flavourful Unami Omega, which comprises chunks of spicy raw salmon that is generously marinated with Alter Ego’s spicy sesame sauce.
Furthermore, you have the option of swapping out certain ingredients if there are any that are not to your liking! However, do note that the golden hours to indulge in their wholesome poké bowls is only between 11am to 8pm.
Address: 8 Raffles Ave, #01-13D, Singapore 039802
Opening hours: Mon to Thu 11am – 1am; Fri 11am – 2am; Sat 10am – 2am; Sun 10am – 1am
Tel: 6327 9301
As part of TungLok Group’s latest F&B venture, Lokkee offers our favourite Chinese cuisine with a unique tweak, including some Western influence. While poké bowls are not the specialty here, look through their menu carefully and you will spot a particular dish item – Poké Salad! And we have to say, this is no ordinary Poké Salad!
Instead of using normal crockery, Lokkee’s Poké Salad actually comes in a tortilla chip bowl! You have a choice between white or brown rice as the base, which is then topped with diced salmon and tuna sashimi before being served with their special Poké sauce. Lokkee definitely elevates the poké bowl standard – where else can you enjoy both salmon and tuna sashimi in your poké AND served in a tortilla chip bowl?!
7. Pololi Singapore
The latest poké kid on the block hails from Hong Kong: Pololi. It also happens to be Asia’s first Hawaiian poké chain! Opened just last year (2016) in the heart of CBD, Pololi caters more towards the busy office crowd with its takeway concept shop.
Select your preferred bowl size, which is priced at $15.99 for 150g of fish and $17.99 for 180g of fish. Additionally, you can pick from a variety of poké flavours that change on a daily basis, so there is always something new each time you head to Pololi!
Nonetheless, you can still expect classic flavours like yuzu salmon and traditional spicy. Do check in on their Facebook page regularly! Their ever-changing weekly specials such as sweet onion teriyaki swordfish, Thai spicy tuna or Korean spicy tako might just whet your taste buds!
Address: 51 Telok Ayer St, #01-06A, Singapore 048441
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 11.30am – 9pm; Sat 11am – 6pm
Tel: 6909 0589
Forget the conventional salad or sushi bowl! Healthy eating has reached a whole new level with these Poké bowls. Not only are they presented in a variety of colourful ways, they also pack a punch of flavour with their raw sashimi, plethora of healthy ingredients and unique sauces.
Whether you intend to switch to a healthier lifestyle or simply want to diverge from your usual sinful pleasures, it is never too late to hop onto this latest Poké bowl food trend!
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