Alakai – Say Aloha to Colourful Hawaiian Poke Bowls
Life’s a beach upon stepping into Alakai. The blue and white interior has a little feel of Santorini, somewhat akin to a beachside cafe. As explained by friendly owner-chef Lon, Alakai means “the path to the sea” in Hawaiian. Lon has lived in Hawaii for 18 years, hence he is an expert when it comes to Poke Bowls. You can expect authentic Poke Bowls, or should I say Poke Plates, here.
If it’s your first visit to Alakai, we recommend going for Poke Plate Favourites where items are already pre-picked, so you won’t have to worry about what to select. Poke is only marinated upon order to retain its tip-top freshness, unlike other places where the poke are displayed for selection.
Like your poke plate spiced up? Go for Yobo Poke Plate ($13.45), which consists of salmon and spicy “K-mayo” sauce. The Spicy Kai Kolea (K-Mayo) sauce is done Korean-style – creamy and spicy at the same time. It goes very well with salmon, prawns and tofu. The Yobo Poke Plate is served with potato-mac salad, cucumber kimchi and 2 scoops of white rice. The creamy potato and the slightly springy macaroni complement each other really well. What an interesting creation!
Niseki Poke Plate ($14.45) contains Ahi Tuna and Koiu Shoyu sauce, a special blend of soy sauce. It makes the dish savoury, with a slightly sweet finish – an ideal sauce for tuna poke. This is served with potato-mac salad, tomato-ogo namasu and 2 scoops of white rice. Hearty diners can opt for Alakai Big Poke Plate ($24.45) that comes with 2 poke.
For those who prefer building your own poke plate, you get to pick your poke, sauce, toppings, sides and base. Besides the two sauces we have tried, Alakai also offers their house seasoning Ho’ono, consisting of sesame, seaweed and a hint of chilli, and Niu Tahitian which comprises coconut, lime, cucumber and sweet bell peppers. Look out for their daily or weekly specials too!
Dining at Alakai is truly a relaxing and enjoyable experience. If you’re working nearby and only have time for a quick lunch, you can also swing by for a takeaway plate. Furthermore, Alakai uses an automated ordering system, so customise your poke plates or pick one of the Poke Plate Favourites and make payment immediately. Fuss-free!
Address: #01-79, 3 Everton Park, Singapore 080003
Phone: 6904 4957
Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 11.30am to 2.30pm (lunch) and 5.30pm to 8.30pm (dinner). Sat 11.30am to 8.30pm. Closed on Mondays and Sundays.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the cafe featured here.
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