Friday, January 15, 2016

A Taste of Hawaii at Aloha Poke

Say aloha or hello to poke (pronounced poh-kay)! This Hawaiian staple comprising of raw fish and greens offers the healthy lushness of a salad and the refreshing taste of raw marinated fish.

Aloha Poke, Singapore's first poke bar, opened about three months ago along Amoy Street. Helming its kitchen is Chef Michael Yonathan who was formerly Chef de Cuisine at the Capella Singapore and one of the top 5 finalists of the first season of Hell's Kitchen Indonesia. Chef Michael also happens to be my fellow RSM server at New Creation Church! Moohehe.

Over at Aloha Poke, pick from three sizes- Lil' Swell ($11.90 for 75g of poke), Standard Nalu ($15.90 for 150g of poke) and Big Kahuna ($19.90 for 225g of poke), depending on how much raw fish one wants. Speaking of raw fish, tuna and salmon are both available and come marinated in a nutty, savoury Original Sauce. For moore kick, there is also the Spicy Sauce and Wasabi Mayo. Finally, choose add-ons such as almonds, flying fish roe, chia seeds, edamame, pomegranate etc.

From what I tasted, both raw fish were pretty fresh with the tuna having a meatier texture while the salmon offered a slightly silkier, creamy experience. The sauces, specially concocted by Chef Michael, were tasty, perky and complemented the raw fish plus veggies nicely. 

Oh and before I forget, there is also a choice of white or brown rice to line the bottom of the poke bowl... and the stomach. That's good news for carbs monsters like me. Moohehe!

Those who enjoy liquid carbs can opt for Hawaiian craft beers like this Kona Castaway Indian Pale Ale. Have a poke bowl with a bottle of this for lunch and happy hour just seem that mooch closer. Moohehe. 

Thanks to Aloha Poke for the invitation.

92 Amoy Street
Tel: 6221 6565
Open: Monday to Saturday 11.30am to 2.30pm, 5pm till late  
Closed: Sunday
Chew On This: Thirsty folks! Aloha Poke has just opened a Tiki bar on its premise offering Hawaiian inspired dramatic Tiki cocktails (priced at $18 each) featuring tropical liqueurs, alongside Tiki bites.     

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