The foodscape of Amoy Street just got even more dynamic with the addition of Aloha Poké – a salad bar borne out of the founders' affinity for traditional Hawaiian Poké bowl, which was developed during their trip to Hawaii. Poké, originally served in Hawaii as a raw appetizer, is a Hawaiian staple and the choice food of surfers.
The original Poké usually comprises of just seasoned Ahi Tuna, tossed with toasted sesame seeds, sweet onions and scallions. However, over here at Aloha, fret not if you are not a fan of Tuna, as Salmon, Seasonal Fish and even Tofu, are also available. To spice up things a little, they come in a variety of eclectic flavours such as Wasabi Mayo, Spicy Sauce, Nutty Sesame and Original Sauce. Together with the greens and crunchs, what you will get is a notch up from your regular salads.
3 sizes are available - Lil’ Swell (1 Scoop: 75g of Poké) at S$11.90, Standard Nalu (2 Scoops: 150g of Poké) at S$ 15.90 and Big Kahuna (3 Scoops: 225g of Poké) at S$19.90.
They have interesting add-on available such as the Flying Fish Roe, Pomegrante, Quail’s Egg etc. When I saw the Flying Fish Roe, what came to my mind is Bara Chirashi, as I had rice in my salad as well. So that was definitely my choice.
I chose the standard Nalu, and one of their Cold Press juices. Kona Beer, from a craft brewery in Hawaii, is also available if you want to make your meal more ‘fun’. Another great option is their Cocoloco, coconut juice from daily-cracked fresh Thai coconuts, and Cold Press Juices.
For the first time, I had more proteins than the greens for my salad. Although the Poke were seasoned, but from the texture and juiciness of the fish, I could tell that the ingredients were really fresh. Though every mouthful was the same thing, but it was never boring, with the flavourful Poke mingling with the different textures of the avocado, nuts, roes, greens and rice. It is definitely not easy for a salad bar to draw crowd on a Saturday at CBD area. However, Aloha manages to do it, with its dynamic version of Bara Chirashi. Just one thing, as the sauces used can be a little on the salty side, I feel more greens to compliment the Poke. If not, I would prefer the Poke to be less ‘saucy’.
Aloha Poké has had pretty good feedback so far since its opening in October. With such a strong and well-crafted identity, I’m quite certain that it will get its fair share of the pie in this competitive market.
Photograph and written by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food.
92 Amoy Street
Tel: +65 62216165
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer (DT Line), Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)
Mon-Fri: 1130am - 230pm, 530pm - 11pm
Sat: 1130am - 230pm
(Closed on Sun)
1) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit G. Turn left and walk down Telok Ayer Road. At the cross junction of Telok Ayer Road, Mccallum Street and Amoy Street, turn left onto Amoy Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes.[Map]
2) Alight at Telok Ayer MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Amoy Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]