Lenten eats: 'Unli' poke bowls at Holiday Inn Makati buffet

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Posted at Mar 29 2019 10:00 AM | Updated as of Mar 29 2019 02:22 PM

Poke bowls are popular in Hawaii. Jeeves de Veyra

MANILA -- Holiday Inn & Suites Makati is bringing back the Poké Bowl station to its Flavors buffet just in time for Lent.

Poké is the Hawaiian word for “to cut or to slice” and poke bowls have sliced fish and rice as their base and topped with vegetables and sauces for flavor and garnish.

“Back in 2017, because it was Lent, and I was thinking what can we do for Lent? Guests loved it and asked if we can extend it. Last year, we tried a la carte bowls but we thought it was bitin. We decided to bring it back to the buffet, and this time, for the whole weekend,” explained Lady Bess Howe, Holiday Inn Makati’s director of communication, who helped bring the Hawaiian do-it-yourself dish to the hotel's Flavors Restaurant after trying it out during a trip to the United States in 2016.

Holiday Inn marketing manager Lady Bess Howe and the hotel's area director for sales and marketing Mike Celis at the Poke Bowl station. Jeeves de Veyra

The Poké Bowl station is right beside the sushi and sashimi section. Guests choose from either sashimi-grade tuna and/or salmon, add white or brown rice, pick vegetables and fruits, add some more flavor with tobiko, gari or nori, choose your sauce between Spicy Soy, the pineapple-based Hawaiian Sauce, the slightly sour Ponzu Vinaigrette, the spicy Sriracha Mayo, or the gochujang-like Korean Sweet-and-Spicy Sauce. Some guests have even mixed the sauces for their own sweet-sour-spicy custom blend. You can also opt to take some wasabi from the sushi station to add some more heat to your bowl.

New this year is a poké bowl-only buffet option at a lower price. For P800++, guests can enjoy unlimited poké bowls but without access to the rest of the buffet.

Pick your own sauce and fish for your personalized poke bowl. Jeeves de Veyra

Besides the poké bowls, Citron Café, located right beside Flavors, has released three “samalamigs,” refreshing ice-shaken Filipino drinks to complement the poké bowls. They come in Sago’t Gulaman (not pictured), Tamarind, Buko Pandan, and Melon and can be ordered separately at the buffet.

Samalamig drinks for the summer. Jeeves de Veyra

The Poké Bowls are available for lunch and dinner on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Easter Sunday, April 21.