– Author Lena Bäunker –

My first weeks in Rotterdam were overwhelming. The city welcomed me with lots of surprises – architectural designs, fascinating artworks, inspiring conversations with very interesting people and incredible foods from all over the world that I had not expected to encounter during my very first month in this city. Poké Bowl is one of them. Wait – Poké, what? When I got invited to the opening party of Poke Bowl’s new store in Karel doormanstraat, I didn’t really know what to expect because I had never heard of such concept before. However, the moment I entered the doors and noticed the tasty smell of sushi, I knew it was totally worth it!


Imagine you could just choose all your favourite sushi ingredients, throw them in one bowl and then eat them all together. Well, Poké Bowl is the place where dreams come true! From all the fresh ingredients – including shrimps, avocado, mango, surimi sticks and more – available at the counter in the back of the store, I couldn’t really decide what I liked best. It all just looked so good!

The interior of the store makes you feel like fleeing from rainy Rotterdam
to the exotic island of Hawaii


The interior of the store, a clean and minimalistic interior mixed with wood, colourful paintings on the wall and lots of cactuses in front of the big windows, makes you feel like fleeing from rainy Rotterdam to the exotic island of Hawaii, where poké (you say: pokay) traditionally comes from. At the party, a DJ spread relaxed vibes and the friendly staff, all wearing cute little bands around their heads or arms, provided us with yummy lemonades and treats.

In the end, I fell in love with a bowl based on rice with shrimps, cucumber, corn, seaweed salad and fried onions. The sesame dressing is a must! Seems like I’m not the only one who is enthusiastic about poké: This is already the third opening within a year! You can find the other two stores on Hoogstraat in Rotterdam and in Antwerp, Belgium.

If you now fancy some Hawaiian vibes and crave some fresh and healthy food, make sure to come by Poké Bowl’s new store on Karel doormanstraat:

Poké Bowl
Karel doormanstraat 457A
3012 GH Rotterdam

Opening hours:
Ma: 12:00 – 20:00
Di: 12:00 – 20:00
Wo: 12:00 – 20:00
Do: 12:00 – 20:00
Vr: 12:00 – 21:00
Za: 12:00 – 20:00
Zo: 12:00 – 20:00