Restaurant Review – Aloha Poke Co.

It’s always awesome to find easy, healthy food on the go. This week, I stumbled upon Aloha Poke Co. With seven locations in the city, it’s safe to say this chain has blown up here in Chicago. I went to the location in Lakeview, at 843 Belmont Ave. It’s an adorable counter-service spot, with brightly colored chairs and hula figurines adorning the walls. The menu is small and simple. First, you choose your size: little (8 oz.), big (16 oz.), or kahuna (24 oz.). Then, you select your base: white rice, brown rice, or mixed greens. Next, select your poke: ahi tuna, salmon, or tofu. You can choose to have your protein marinated in a sesame and shoyu sauce or “naked”. Next, you can either choose a House Bowl with pre-selected ingredients or a P.Y.O.B- pack your own bowl! My best friend decided to try the Aloha Bowl. She had chosen brown rice and tuna. The Aloha is packed with pineapple, cucumber, scallion, jalapeño, maui onion, and a sesame vinaigrette. She said it was absolutely delicious! The ingredients were perfectly proportioned and she really liked the sesame vinaigrette. I decided on a P.Y.O.B. I started with brown rice and marinated salmon. Then, I added cucumber, maui onion, jalapeño, edamame, pineapple, ginger, and avocado. Finally, I got to choose a sauce. I could choose from Samurai (sweet and savory), Spicy Aioli (tangy and spicy mayo), Wasabi (horseradish and wasabi), Sesame Oil (toasted and nutty), Sesame Vinaigrette (light, citrusy, and sweet), Volcano (chili and ponzu mayo), or Yuzu (Japanese citrus ranch). I love aiolis, so I decided on the Spicy Aioli. The whole bowl was wonderful! The mayo was creamy and spicy and really added to the fresh, crunchy veggies in my bowl. We will definitely be back to try another bowl!

This location of Aloha Poke Co. is open 10 am to 10 pm 7 days a week. You can find information about their other locations here. Aloha Poke is also available for pick-up and delivery. Check that out here!