A Poke Theory: A Healthy Lunch, A Fresh Sashimi Bowl Topped With Quinoa For Under $15

Saturday, October 8, 2016

A Poke Theory
27 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069623

Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer
Contact: hello@apoketheory.com
Website: A Poke Theory

A Poke Theory is the ideal cafe to head for when you're looking to have something healthy and packed with nutrients. If you're wondering why the name Poke – no it isn't named after Pokémon – it is a Hawaiian verb meaning "section" or "to slice or cut".

At this cafe, they serve the freshest cuts of marinated tuna or salmon over a bed of Japanese sushi rice, gluten-free quinoa or fresh romaine lettuce. You can add some variety to your meal by topping it with some tobiko, pineapple, kale chips or their crowd-favourite kalua pork. Read on to find out more.

A Poke Theory

A Poke Theory

A Poke Theory
A Poke Bowl topped with cherry tomatoes, kale chips, tobiko, crispy salmon skin and more

A Poke Theory
Or how about some lime avocado, BBQ corn, thai mango and peruvian pomegranate?

A Poke Theory
In a clockwise motion... kimchi, thai mango, kalua pork, cherry tomatoes, edamame, pineapple, carrot slices and furikake

A Poke Theory

There is a choice of four marinated raw fish for customers to choose from:

  • Original Shoyu Tuna
    Our introduction of choice to Hawaiian poke. Chunks of tuna seasoned with Japanese-grade shoyu & sesame, along with a medley of secret ingredients.
  • Spicy Garlic Sesame Tuna
    Umami, sweet, with a spicier kick; a tuna option set up to be a total crowd-pleaser.
  • Spicy Mayo Salmon
    Salmon cubes tossed in a creamy & mildly spicy marinade; a favourite for all salmon fans.
  • Avocado Miso Salmon
    Salmon cubes doused in our nutritious, wildcard flavour of avocado, miso & more. And yes, no mayo is used here.

A Poke Theory Berry Smoothie
Blackberry Binge ($6)
Base – Banana, blackberry, raspberry, soy milk
Toppings – Blueberries, pomegranate, quinoa puffs, roasted cashews

A Poke Theory Chocolate Smoothie
Cacaoholic ($6)
Base – Banana, raw cacao, soy milk
Toppings – Coconut & dark chocolate drizzle, raw cacao nibs, blueberries, quinoa puffs


Ratings: 3/5

My two cents:

Before you continue reading on, I must put forth a word of caution that I am not the best person to judge this round of food and flavours. My allergy to raw fish prevented me from trying out any of their main staples (ie. tuna and salmon) and hence my diet for the day was akin to one of a pregnant woman's.

In replacement of the fish, I had a choice of two more toppings with a base of quinoa – the bowl with the Pork Kalua,that's mine!

The good thing about A Poke Theory is that they left out bottles of their sauces (used to marinate the fish) out on a counter, and you can add it freely to your bowl for additional flavours. I tried them all and concluded that I was a typical Asian who prefers the miso sauce.

A general consensus between the three of us who went for the tasting is that the initial bites were really good and addictive, but towards the end of the bowl, the flavours get a little nauseating. Perhaps it is the fish – an overwhelming amount of raw fish – or the fact that we were all virgin to this unique Hawaiian cuisine and unable to attune to it.

With that said, because most of the food is raw, you are supposedly absorbing the best of the nutrients with none being lost to heat. This is a healthy meal suited for those looking to lose weight or to replace proteins from a good gym session. Or even those who are avid fans of sashimi!

The price of a poke bowl is as such:
  • Regular (100g)
    Tuna - $11.50
    Salmon - $12.50
  • Large (150g)
    Tuna - $15.00
    Salmon - $16.50
  • Superfood Smoothie Bowls - $6
  • All premium toppings are at $2 unless otherwise stated

For a better insight into their menu and the range of toppings available, click here. For the latest update on their ongoing promotions, do check out their Facebook or Instagram.