How to Make the Perfect Poke Bowl at Poke Loa
With so many toppings and ingredients, there’s no right or wrong way to make the perfect poke bowl at Poke Loa. We provide one of the most customizable fast-casual dining experiences in the greater New Orleans area because of the way our menu is structured. For those who are new to Poke Loa, we’ll explain how the ordering process works. And for Poke Loa experts, we’ll provide some tips and tricks to maximize and perfect your poke bowl.
Ordering at Poke Loa
Poke Loa is set up with a food bar with several signature ingredients. You’ll be ushered through the line by friendly staff members who make your meal to your exact specifications. The whole process is simple and easy, but it can be daunting for first-time customers. For newcomers, we recommend opting for one of our signature bowls, which are prepared fresh from a set selection of ingredients. Don’t worry – even if you order a signature bowl, you still have the chance to add any toppings.
Poke Loa has four signature bowls:
- King Loa Bowl
- Salmon Poke Bowl
- Tuna Poke Bowl
- Veggie Poke Bowl
Here’s how the process works:
- Pick your base – Choose from one of the four bases: white rice, brown rice, spring mix, zoodles (the spring mix and zoodles provide an excellent low-carb option).
- Pick your protein – Choose two scoops ($12) or three scoops ($14) of your favorite proteins: tuna, salmon, yellowtail, octopus, shrimp (cooked) or tofu.
- Choose mix-ins – Mix in either baby cucumbers, sweet onions or cilantro.
- Select your marinade – Pick one of our four marinades: tamari, ponzu, chili paste or sesame oil. Tamari is a Japanese soy sauce that is thicker and less salty than the more common Chinese soy sauce. Ponzu is a citrus-based sauce that’s made with rice wine and rice vinegar. Chili paste is a sweeter or milder version of chili-based sauces (it’s not like traditional spicy hot sauce). Finally, sesame oil is simply the oil extracted from sesame seeds. All can be used alone or combined as flavor enhancers.
- Pick your unlimited toppings – With over a dozen toppings, we won’t dive into each one. However, there are some toppings that you may not have heard of before, such as furikake and our homemade aiolis. Furikake is a dry seasoning made from sesame seeds, salt, dried fish and other ingredients. Like mayonnaise, aioli includes oil, eggs, and acid.
- Add some extras – For an additional cost, you can choose to add another scoop of protein ($2.50) or freshly sliced avocado ($1).
Mixing Flavors to Make the Perfect Poke Bowl
Even if you’re a regular, there are always new combinations of flavors you can mix and match each time you stop by. Our menu is carefully curated so that no matter which ingredients you choose, you’ll always end up with a delicious poke bowl.
Making the perfect poke bowl is all about balance. Use the marinades and toppings to create a mix of sweet and salty flavors. For example, the chili paste adds spice, and the seaweed salad adds a salty flavor. Balance is not just about flavor, it’s about texture, too. Select a mix of crunchy and creamy options so each bite feels like a miniature poke bowl. After combining raw fish with handmade sauces, it’s nice to have crunchier textures mixed in like cucumbers, edamame or macadamia nuts. For an even crunchier feel, sprinkle some wonton strips on the top of your bowl.
Try Poke Loa for Yourself
Never had Poke Loa? Stop by one of our five locations in New Orleans (Garden District and downtown), Mandeville and Elmwood. Order online for pickup at eatpokeloa.com. We’re also available on Waitr for delivery. For catering, place your order online, in-person or by phone at 504-309-9993.