The Hawaiian national dish Poké Bowl is currently very popular in Berlin. Ma’loa is certainly one of the largest providers. Because there are currently five restaurants in Berlin alone. Furthermore there are locations in Cologne, Hamburg, Hanover and soon also in Potsdam and Paris. Maloa – Poké Bowl is therefore part of system catering, which means a certain standardization. So you can expect more or less the same offer, the same quality and similar processes in all branches.
I paid my first visit to the store on Kantstrasse. The restaurant is slightly above the street level and is located in a corner building to Weimarer Straße. This means that there are floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides facing the street. If you are looking for a place here, you can sit on a swing (see picture above). From there you can also splendidly watch the goings-on on the street while you eat.
The interior is basically very bright, as is the lighting. The room is structured by a white lacquered metal construction. There are lots of decorative plants on it that create a certain feeling of nature. To enhance the Hawaiian feeling, the walls are decorated with sea motifs. Furthermore, in the shop on Kantstraße the menu for the pre-composed Poké Bowls is written on wooden surfboards that are placed on the left side of the counter.
Food at Ma’loa Hawaiian Poké Bowl
There are only a handful of other dishes besides the Poké Bowls. For example, seasonal soups and as dessert or in between an acai bowl, a coconut-cashew bowl and Mochi ice cream.
The concept is actually quite simple. You put together your bowl in a modular system – called Poké Your Style – or you choose one from the Ma’loa Favorites.
As already mentioned in the style section, there are ready-made bowls. You can read these on wooden surfboards next to the counter. They are divided into the categories fish, chicken and tofu. What you still have to choose in addition is the so-called base. This is the foundation of your bowl, so to speak. You can choose from sushi rice, whole grain rice, greens (in my case this was baby spinach) and zoodles (zucchini noodles). You can also mix the ingredients of your base. That means you can combine whole grain rice and zoodles, for example.
Poké Your Style
This is the variant in which you put together a Poké Bowl step by step. Let the staff help you the first time. They also guided and advised me through the individual steps. By the way, you can see almost all the ingredients in the counter’s display case, which makes the selection a lot easier in my opinion.
Step one is the so-called base – as described above in the Ma’loa Favorites. The second step is the protein. Here you can choose from fish, seafood, chicken and tofu. Step three is called “mix-ins”. Here you can combine as you like, with edamame, cucumber, red onion, beetroot, chili (really hot), spring onion and pineapple to choose from. The fourth step is the so-called “flavors”, which means nothing more than various sauces. All the vegan ones are marked accordingly.
If you are not yet satisfied with this, you can choose other toppings and extras. How about peanuts or sushi ginger or avocado?
What to drink at Maloa?
The selection of drinks is not particularly extensive, but Maloa Poké Bowl has some unusual things on offer.
On my first visit, I opted for the organic ginger lemon lemonade from djahé – one of several flavours. It really tasted like ginger and lemon and was less sweet. Above all, the manufacturer doesn’t add sugar, artificial flavors and stabilizers.
Furthermore there is of course coconut water, but also normal water. The smoothies are excellent, by the way. On the picture you can see the Green Nalani, it contains spinach, broccoli, avocado, mango, apple, wheat grass, barley grass and spirulina. Sounds very healthy, but still tastes very good.
The only alcoholic drink is Kona Beer. A Hawaiian lager beer in several varieties, which, not only thanks to its labels, fits perfectly with Ma’loa. Take a look at the picture! Unfortunately I haven’t tried it yet. If you have any experience with Kona Beer, please leave a comment!