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New Alameda Eats | Poke Koma

Poke (pronounced poh-keh), a trendy Hawaiian staple of chopped, seasoned raw fish, has made its way to our own island town. Located on Park Street, Poke Koma in Alameda is a bright and open space offering customizable poke bowls. If you are looking for an exciting, fresh way to have a meal on Park Street, this will not disappoint.  Not only is this a fun way to eat, the fresh and healthy food is fantastic.

We hope you find that this guide inspires you to try this innovative and delicious restaurant.

Owners, Lily Dip and Billy Fong, opened the restaurant back in September partly due to a love of Hawaiian culture and food. They were seeing the poke trend popping up everywhere and with their experience owning and operating Zen Asian Fusion Tapas & Lounge, they felt they could bring a unique twist to this popular style of food for Alameda.

Business has been picking up, with a noticeable boost when the weather is warmer. Weather aside, Dip says that Poke Koma has become a popular lunch choice for both adults working in the neighborhood and high school students from Alameda High School.

So, how do you order a poke bowl? Walk up to the counter and order from right to left. Don’t worry, if you get confused, the employees are very friendly and willing to help lead you through the steps.

How to Order

Step 1: Choose your size. You have a choice between regular ($10.50 for 3 proteins) or large ($13.50 for five proteins).

Step 2: Choose your base. Traditional poke bowls are made with sushi rice, but you have additional choices including brown rice, spring mix or crab chips.

Step 3: Choose your proteins. Choices include ahi tuna, yellowtail, salmon, shrimp, octopus, spicy tuna, crawfish and scallops. The most popular protein at Poke Koma is also the most traditional choice for poke bowls – ahi tuna.

Step 4: Choose your flavor. You have a choice between mild or spicy. Both flavors include soy sauce, ponzu, sesame oil, ginger, white onions and cucumbers.

Step 5: Choose your toppings. Choices include crab salad, avocado, masago (fish eggs), furikake (Japanese dry seasoning), wasabi, jalapeños, seaweed salad, green onions, pickled ginger, fried shallots, and wonton strips. You can pick as few or as many as you feel like. All toppings are included in the price, including avocado!

Step 6: Sauce it up! Choices include spicy aioli, creamy wasabi, lemon ginger aioli, baja jalapeno and teriyaki. Pick one sauce or even a combination. The most popular combination is spicy aioli and teriyaki, which creates a nice sweet and spicy balance.

I ordered a regular size poke bowl with sushi rice, ahi tuna, yellowtail and salmon. I’m pretty sure I asked for all of the toppings, too. The poke bowl was truly delicious, and a healthy meal option that is still quick to grab- always a plus for a mom with a toddler running around! A regular size was plenty for me, especially because I am always interested in saving some room for dessert. Poke Koma offers Hawaiian shaved ice, which is a nice refreshing way to end your meal.

In addition to dessert, customers can purchase spam musubi at the counter to accompany their poke bowl. Spam musubi is a traditional Hawaiian snack of spam and rice wrapped in seaweed, but Poke Koma also offers musubi specials, such as pork belly musubi and terriyaki chicken musubi. Dip also recently added Hamachi Kama, as a special, which is the collar of yellowtail fish. It is the most juicy and fatty part of the fish and highly recommended.

What’s next for Poke Koma? Dip says they hope to add more hot appetizer items to the menu, as well as more beverage options, including beer, wine sake and craft sodas. They are also working on stamp cards, and eventually hope to expand to Oakland. Many exciting things on the horizon, and I, for one, cannot wait!

Poke Koma

1354 Park Street Alameda, CA 94501

Open daily 11:00am – 9:00pm

(510) 227-5519

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Things to Do in Alameda This Weekend! #alamedathisweek – 8.26.16

Looking for the best things to do this weekend in Alameda. Check out our list!


1. Celebrate Boxers!

Crown beach will be overtaken by dog lovers, hosted by the West Coast Boxer Rescue.
Boxer Bash Alameda
WHAT: West Coast Boxer Rescue Boxer Bash 2016!
WHEN: Saturday, August 27th, 2016, 12 noon to 3 pm
WHERE: Crown Memorial State Park @ Neptune Picnic Area – 1252 McKay Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
WHO: All dog lovers are invited! Friendly dogs (of all breeds) are welcome.
HOW MUCH: Donation of $20 per adult is very much appreciated at the time of reserving a ticket, but you can select a free ticket option and donate at the event also. Kids under 10 and dogs eat free. All proceeds benefit dogs in need!
Tickets are available at:

2.  Music Off the Grid

Come join John Rybak for a fun afternoon of music @ Off The Grid Alameda. He’ll be playing the usual acoustic roots ‘n’ blues favorites with some new surprises mixed in.

Off the grid Alameda

When: Saturday, August 27th 12-1:30pm
What: Music of John Rybak
Where Off The Grid Alameda
Park St & Franciscan Way, Alameda, CA 94501
Who: All ages, free show!
(415) 339-5888

3. Urban Paradise at Rockwall

Herbs and Spices Catering is one of many who will be bringing their flavors to Urban Paradise at Rockwall. Event is 21+.

Urban Paradise Rockwall Alameda

Who: 21+

Where: Rockwall Winery
What: Food & Wine
When: Saturday August 27, 2016 1-4pm
Experience Urban Paradise! Join us for a beautiful afternoon of wine tasting and relaxation. Nosh on delicious eats, enjoy gourmet cheese spreads, groove to live music and take in amazing views of the San Francisco skyline.

The Rock Wall Wine Company portfolio (30+ wines) will be paired with delectable bites from some of the best restaurants in the Bay Area. We will also be releasing some new wines at this event. Revisit some old favorites, try something different and discover a new must have! Sample bites from local vendors, identify aromas and expand your palate at the sensory stop. Take a tour of the cellar, get silly in the Rock Wall photo booth, commemorate the day with a henna tattoo, play some lawn games and take home a beautiful Rock Wall wine glass!


4. East End Arts & Crafts

The Alameda Museum Lecture Series for August features local author and historian Woody Minor.

East End Arts and Crafts


Where: Alameda Museaum

What: Historical talk on East End Craftsman homes

When: Thurs Aug 25th, 7-9pm

The lecture will focus on Craftsman houses as they developed in the East End, from the bungalows of Robert C. Hillen to residences by Delanoy & Randlett, including designs by architects like A.W. Smith and T.D. Newsom. The talk will also delve into the area’s history, from Indian mounds and Gold Rush cottages to vanished Victorian mansions. Admission is $10 at the door, free for Museum members. Sponsor: Jim Smallman, Alameda Preservationist.


5. Try out Shirasoni

Check out the new Teppangaki restaurant in Alameda Landing. They just had their opening, and there are mixed reviews on yelp.  But give it a try and let us know if we should go and report back. Tuesdays kids eat free. This sushi does look amazing!

photo: yelp Paul H.

photo: yelp Paul H.



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