Add this to your list of must-eat dining spots: Pokey Studio is now serving delicious pokey bowls in SCBD, and their poke bowls are certainly not for the light eaters!
Despite the poke bowl’s popularity in the US, this Hawaiian-inspired dish only started being popular in Jakarta as recently as the beginning of this year. Once one poke cafe paved the way, other restaurants and food stalls started coming up with their own versions with the latest being Pokey Studio.
Pokey Studio was originally a food truck in Los Angeles. The truck was often parked by film studios in California, and was much loved for their great selection of low-calorie poke bowls and citrusy dressing. Now settling down in the Big Durian, the owners decided to bring their pokey truck to Jakarta, in a more permanent form.
Located in a cosy corner of Crumble Crew in SCBD, Pokey Studio’s open kitchen shows staff swiftly putting together delicious bowls for you to enjoy. Fresh condiments like BBQ corn, tobiko, wakame, tomatoes, and edamame beans are displayed behind a clear glass at the counter.
As for poke bowl options, there are a total of six bowls to choose from. The Hawaiian bowl with raw tuna, Power Pokey bowl with raw salmon and tuna, and Juneau bowl with raw salmon use raw fish, but if you feel like having something cooked as a topping, you can get their Pollo Loco bowl that uses marinated grilled chicken instead. Our personal favourite is the Power Pokey, which also contains seaweed salad, cucumber, tobiko, edamame, wakame, onions, green onions, tomatoes, spicy mayo and a bed of sushi rice. Make sure you don’t forget to use Pokey’s signature house sauce, because that’s the one that makes everything taste even better!
Pokey Studio has also come up with some new dishes, like their Salted Egg Salmon Skin bowl. If you happen to be a fan of salted egg everything, you’ll love this unique dish. Now, not only can you have salted egg on your chicken, chips, or croissants, but also on your poke bowl!
Did we mention that Pokey Studio also have a vegan menu? The special menu uses grilled organic tofu instead of raw fish or chicken, so we can safely say that Pokey Studio is vegan-friendly. Even if you get tofu as a main topping, you don’t have to worry about leaving the restaurant with an empty stomach, as all of their portions – both vegan and non-vegan – are huge! As we dug into our bowls, we just couldn’t seem to reach the bottom, which is good news for us big eaters!
Pokey Studio doesn’t only serve Hawaiian bowls, as there are some Japanese and Mexican influences too. There are bite-sized Japanese hand rolls with toppings like tuna, salmon, seaweed salad, and tofu – again, a big yes for vegans! If you’re visiting on a Tuesday, there’s even a Taco Tuesday special, consisting of three tacos with the same toppings as their signature bowls. Having poke bowls in the form of tacos, why not?
Pokey Studio, Crumble Crew, Jl. Tulodong Bawah No. 1A, SCBD, South Jakarta. p.+62 817 172 667.