TL;DR – And then you do the hokey poke.
Poke (pronounced as poh-keh) is a highly ubiquitous raw fish salad that originates from Hawaii and is deeply rooted in the Hawaiian cuisine. It is a dish most commonly served as an appetiser and the Hawaiian word ‘poke’ can be translated as ‘chunks’. Basically, Poke is made up of chunky cubes of raw fish or seafood seasoned with soy sauce, sesame oil and dressed with crunchy seaweed. The poke trend hit our shores slightly over a year ago and it has been constantly evolving with more stores popping up all over our island. The most common version of Poke that is found in Singapore bears close resemblance to a Japanese chirashi rice bowl but a Hawaiian version of it, which would be chunks of raw, marinated Ahi tuna, salmon or seafood generously piled on a bed of steaming hot rice or salad greens. In this list, I’ve narrowed down 5 spots for your to satisfy your sashimi cravings!
Alakai located in Everton Park has a bespoke menu concept that allows diners to build their own dish according to their preferences and everything is marinated on-the-spot upon order. Diners can customize their order using an automated screen following five simple steps – select the type of poke (tuna, salmon, tofu or prawn), the marinade (Koiu Shoyu, Niu Tahitian, Alakai Ho’Ono Seasoning), toppings (sesame seeds, pineapple, avocado), sides (cucumber kimchi, spiced carrots, potato-mac salad), and base (lau’ai salad greens, brown rice or white rice). You could choose to order a regular-sized Poke bowl (from $13.45) and customize it your way or if you’re going with a group of at least 4 people then you all could get their large Poke plate which costs $24.45. There’s no better comfort dish than one that has a good blend of flavours, textures and chunks of heavenly seasoned raw fish served in a box.
Address: 93 Everton Park #01-79, Singapore 080003
Tuesday – Friday: 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5:30–8:30PM
Closed: Sunday & Monday
2. Aloha Poke
Aloha Poke was the pioneer of the Poke movement here in Singapore, opening their first store on Amoy Street. Currently, Aloha Poke has expanded with two other outlets at Change Alley @ Chevron House and Marina Bay Link Mall respectively. Customers can choose their preferred portion size (1 scoop of 75g poke for $11.90, 2 scoops of 150g poke for $15.90, or 3 scoops of 225g poke for $19.90), type of fish (thick cubes of salmon or yellow fin tuna), base (white, brown rice or leafy salad) with a good selection of complimentary superfoods and add-ons topped with juicy tangy pineapples, crispy scallions and a lime wedge. By nightfall, Aloha Poke turns into a Tiki Bar that serves up refreshing Hawaiian-inspired cocktails and classic Hawaiian nibbles like Spam Musubi, Lomi-Lomi (raw salmon and tomato salad) and many others!
Address: 92 Amoy St, Singapore 069911
Monday-Saturday: 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5:30–11PM
3. A Poke Theory
A Poke Theory is located in the Telok Ayer hood that serves not only fresh poke bowls but also nutritiously hearty superfood smoothie bowls, cold-pressed juices and health snacks. Diners can first decide if they would like to have a regular or large poke bowl, followed by choosing a base of either romaine lettuce, traditional sushi rice, or lemon herb Quinoa, picking one of the four different poke-seasoning combinations like the spicy garlic sesame tuna, shoyu tuna, avocado miso salmon, avocado poke or spicy mayo salmon and selecting one of their many toppings that adds texture to the dish. A regular bowl of 100g of salmon will cost you about $12.50 and tuna at $11.50. If you’re starving, then you should go for the large bowl of 150g salmon that will cost $16.50 and tuna at $15.
And if you’re still feeling peckish after that heavenly poke bowl, you could get one of their superfood smoothie bowls that comes in a variety of four flavours like Maca Nutter, Raspberry Tropic, Blackberry Binge and Cacaoholic.
Address: 27 Boon Tat St, Singapore 069623
Sweetfish Poke located right in the heart of the CBD at Capitol Piazza gives off a playful vibe and offers customers with 6 signature bowls like the Avocado Mayo, Wasabi Mayo, Roasted Sesame, Kimichi and Sweet Yuzu Cream which is paired with either Tuna, Salmon or Octopus and has 3 bases (salad greens, Japanese rice, Brown rice) to choose from. These bowls are marinated fresh according to the order and bursting with lots of flavour and colours. If you happen to be in the area and looking for a quick, fuss-free bite to have on-the-go, grab a hungry (small) bowl at $9 or a starving (large) bowl at $14.
Address: Capitol Piazza, 3 Stamford Road, #B2-30
11am – 8pm (Daily)
Katto is a just like a fast-food joint except that they sell healthy lunch boxes and rice bowls. The concept of this restaurant is based on the sashimi rice bowl but they’ve added fun, innovative flavours that elevates the poke bowl to a whole new level. Some of their fun flavours include Creamy Goma Tuna, Tangy Thai Tuna, California Unrolled Salmon and Chicken Rice Chilli Salmon. The menu offers 6 different flavours of raw fish for diners to choose from, a variety of 6 types vegetables, and 3 bases which consists of either brown rice, white rice or a fresh crunchy salad. They have two sizes of bowls for customers to choose from depending on your appetite, the regular bowl comes with 140g of tuna/salmon, 250 g of white/brown rice, grains or a salad at $12.90 and the mini bowl that costs $7.80 comes with the same amount of rice but with 70g of tuna/salmon. If you’re not in the mood for raw fish, you could always try their Yakitori-style chicken with leek and onsen egg or grilled salmon instead.
Address: Galaxis Building @ Fusionopolis One, 1 Fusionopolis Pl, Singapore 138522
Mon- Fri: 11am – 8pm
Saturday: 11am – 2pm