Open For Business: Pololi, Ola Beach Club and Kokopanda

Da Kama’Aina poke bowl
Da Kama’Aina poke bowlPHOTO: POLOLI
Loco Moco
Loco MocoPHOTO: OLA BEACH CLUB

POLOLI

Inspired by summers in Hawaii during her college days, Singaporean Steph Kudus set up Pololi in Hong Kong two years ago, when she was working there. The eatery serves poke, a popular Hawaiian dish of marinated raw fish.

Now, she has brought Pololi to her home country. At her three-day-old branch in Telok Ayer, five versions are served daily, with signature ones such as traditional spicy or yuzu salmon. Weekly specials include sweet onion teriyaki swordfish, Thai spicy tuna and Korean spicy tako.

Go for either the Da Keiki poke bowl (with 150g of poke, $15.99) or the Da Kama'Aina poke bowl (with 180g of poke, $17.99). Both come with a side of brown rice, white rice or salad.

The menu also features Hawaiian treats such as spam musubi, tropical granita and beer from Kona Brewing Co.

Where: 01-06A China Square Food Centre, 51 Telok Ayer Street

Open: 11.30am to 3pm (Mondays and Tuesdays), 11.30am to 6pm (Wednesdays and Thursdays), 11.30am to 10pm (Fridays), closed on weekends

Info: www.facebook.com/pololisg


OLA BEACH CLUB

Get a slice of Hawaii at the Ola Beach Club (ola means "life" in Hawaiian) on Sentosa. The 20,000 sq ft beachside venue seats 195 diners. The ground floor has daybeds, six private cabanas and bar swings, while the second floor houses a bar and a 1,800 sq ft beach-themed event hall for up to 200 people

The food menu will be launched tomorrow, with starters such as Lomi-Lomi Salmon ($16), flaked Norwegian salmon confit tossed with tomatoes and Maui onions in a mini waffle cup and topped with flying fish roe or caviar (add $4).

For mains, highlights include Loco Moco ($28, add $6 for foie gras) with medium-rare wagyu beef patty on Japanese Koshihikari white rice topped with panko-crusted egg; and Hawaiian Plate Lunch ($32) with brown rice, braised beef short rib and veal tongue, fried spam and soft-boiled egg.

The beach club also offers water activities such as kayaking in the day.

Where: 46 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa

Open: 10am to 10pm (weekdays), 9am to 10pm (weekdays); 10am to 7pm daily for watersports

Info: Call 6250-6978 or e-mail aloha@olabeachclub.com


KOKOPANDA


PHOTO: KOKOPANDA

Just when you thought the froyo and soft-serve craze had died down, Korean dessert shop KoKoPanda opened last Friday.

It serves Black Yogo, which is black frozen yogurt made from roasted coconut husk and contains edible activated charcoal; White Cremo, soft-serve ice cream made with premium Korean milk; and the signature KoKo Twisto (pictured), a combination of the Black Yogo and White Cremo.

Each serving is priced at $4.90 (with one topping) or $5.90 (with three toppings). Topping options include KoKoCrunch granola (a mix of rice puffs and dried fruits), Jeju tangerine, strawberries and apple.

For drinks ($2.90 to $4.20), go for the signature Jeju green tea latte with black KoKoPearls or ChiaChaCha, a combination of coconut water with chia seeds.

Today is the last day for KoKoPanda's one-for-one promotion for all items on the menu.

Where: B2-60 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road

Open: 10am to 10pm daily

Info: www.facebook.com/kokopanda.kr

Eunice Quek

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 18, 2016, with the headline 'Open For Business'. Print Edition | Subscribe