Singapore’s first Hawaiian poké bar, Aloha Poké, Opens at Amoy Street

Rows of colorful, fresh ingredients nestle comfortably in plastic tubs – chunky cubes of ahi tuna, salmon, and seasonal fish and tofu are bathed in three different sauces: original, wasabi mayo, and nutty sesame – displayed in a glass paneled chiller like a salad stop. Welcome to Aloha Poké (pronounced ‘poh-kay’), Singapore’s first Hawaiian poké bar set to recreate the best traditions and memories of Hawaii.

Aloha Poké at Amoy Street

Aloha Poke - Interior - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Aloha Poke - Interior 3 - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Aloha Poke - Salad Bar - Review by Gourmet Adventures

While poké is originally served in Hawaii as a raw appetizer, here, an array of fresh, healthy ingredients and add-ons such as kale, avocado, chia seeds, walnut and pomegranate are available in Aloha’s interpretation of the traditional Hawaiian poké bowl, including a mix of white and brown rice, or salad should you prefer. If you’re new to this, we recommend opting for the poke sampler ($11.90) where you’ll get to sample three different sauces to complement its protein. We particularly enjoyed its original sauce – a happy conflagration of shoya, soy, sesame oil, caramelized onion, and sesame seeds flanked with tobiko (flying fish roe).

Salmon in spicy sauce; ahi tuna in original sauce at Aloha Poké

Aloha Poke - Salmon in Spicy Sauce; Ahi Tuna in Original Sauce - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Tofu in nutty sesame sauce at Aloha Poké

Aloha Poke - Standard Nalu - Tofu in Nutty Sesame Sauce - Review by Gourmet Adventures

A small bowl ‘Lil’ Swell’ is priced at $11.90 (one scoop of poké; 75g), regular ‘Standard Nalu’ (two scoops of poké; 150g) at $15.90, and large ‘Big Kahuna’ (three scoops of poké; 225g) at $19.90. All sizes come with two add-ons and one superfood option.

Beverages won’t fall short of fancy either – cold pressed juices ($7.90) and Cocoloco coconut water ($5.90) for the health conscious, or Hawaiian craft beers ($13.90) by Kona Brewing Company for the naught. Come nightfall, a range of six tiki cocktails and bar bites are served at the tiki bar.

Aloha Poké tiki bar

Aloha Poke Tiki Bar - Review by Gourmet Adventures

We especially enjoyed the Big Island iced tea ($18) – a ménage à trois of rums, its flavor softened gently with earl grey syrup, as well as the Fiery Passion ($18) that’s sweet and fresh, best paired with the traditional lomi-lomi salmon ($12) topped with an onsen egg.

Tiki cocktails at Aloha Poké (L to R): Big Island iced tea ($18) and Fiery Passion ($18)

Aloha Poke Tiki Cocktails - Reivew by Gourmet Adventures

The narrow space comfortably seats 35, (and its delicious poké bowls are raking in the crowd), so we reckon it’s best to head down early for lunch. We definitely will be.

Aloha Poké, 92 Amoy St., 6221-6165. Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm; 5:30-11pm.

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