Everything you need to know about the kawaii Hawaii-inspired restaurant that’s making a splash in Singapore.
Just last month, brand new Hawaiian-inspired Aloha Poké opened its doors along Amoy Street in Singapore’s bustling business district.
The casual dining restaurant is Singapore’s first foray into a Hawaiian culinary experience, specializing in Poké bowls, a delicious Hawaiian marinated sashimi salad dish (pronounced poh-key like in Pokémon). These cute bowls make not just a mean food photo, they also make a really delicious meal, upping the standards for clean eating in Singapore.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be restricted to eating a pile of salad leaves!
And with salmon and tuna sashimi this fresh, you really wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.
The new eatery is conveniently located near the famous Amoy Food Centre and the popular Ann Siang Hill area. Sitting along the peaceful stretch that is Amoy Street, the restaurant finds its fans not just with the office crowd, but with the gym enthusiasts, hipsters, and expats who drop by for either takeaway or for a quick dine-in. Plenty of customers do takeaway, which is great for those in a rush, or tourists in the vicinity looking for a quick bite to nibble on as they explore the surrounding Tanjong Pagar area. Filled with skyscrapers, temples, and well-preserved lines of shop houses, there’s plenty to see around here.
With lovely sunshine filtering into this laidback, atmospheric dining space, and friendly, welcoming service staff full of smiles, it’s impossible to dislike the place. Not to mention, they’re incredibly generous with the food portions.
Upon entering you are greeted by a huge, cheerful, colourful bowl of fresh pineapples which lines the counter as people pencil in their lunch orders. In the background, purple orchids, tiki décor and a surfboard lend a sense of calm, instantly transporting you to a temporary daydream retreat on the beachfront of Waikiki.
But back to the food! Aloha Poké is a great place for weekday lunch with the colleagues at work, post-work drinks, or to catch up with friends over Saturday brunch after a yoga session.
For my lunch, I ordered a Lil’ Swell – the smallest offering, at $11.90 for one 75g serving of Poké (protein choice: marinated salmon or tuna sashimi in either original, spicy, or wasabi mayo. Vegetarian/vegan options available too!), one superfood (avocado, chia seeds, or pomegranate) and two free add-on toppings (carrot, cucumber, jalapenos, cherry tomatoes, edamame, the seasonal offering, almonds, flying fish roe, walnut, dried grape, pumpkin seeds, or golden raisins). For an additional superfood, just top up a dollar, and fifty cents will get you an additional fresh or crunch add-on.
Each Poké bowl comes with a big slice of tangy, citrusy lime, sweet onion, a special sesame oil and shoyu vinaigrette salad, and sprinkled with sesame and spring onions, and deliciously sweet, golden pineapple pieces.
For carbs, there’s white rice, brown rice, or a mix of both brown and white. Otherwise, you can ask choose to have salad instead. This time, I went with a mix of brown and white rice, which I personally prefer over the plainer white rice option. While I had picked the smallest size, the Poké bowl definitely filled me up. A satisfyingly simple, guilt-free, yummy, and clean meal.
Other sizes available include: the Big Kahuna ($19.90 for 225g, three scoops of Poké) and the Standard Nalu ($15.90 for 150g, two servings of Poké).
For the adventurous beer lovers, Aloha Poké also serves Hawaiian craft beers! For the healthy folks, tasty Coco Loco raw Thai coconut water is also sold at Aloha Poké.
Grab your lunch at Aloha Poké this week, and let me know what you think!
92 Amoy Street
Mondays to Fridays: 11.30 am – 2.30 pm, 5.30 pm – 11pm
Saturdays: 11.30 am – 2.30 pm