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!
1354 Park Street Alameda, CA 94501
Open daily 11:00am – 9:00pm
(510) 227-5519Read More