Aloha Fusion introduces new Poke bowls on campus


The recently-opened Aloha Fusion in the Sierra Center serves up fresh Poke bowls to the campus. Photo credit: Cristina Pimentel

Cristina Pimentel

The Marketplace, located in the Sierra Center, floods with students as they line up for lunch. From the Freudian Sip to Checkers Express, the new Aloha Fusion attracts the most attention. With its fresh tasting foods and diverse flavor, students are beginning to order the restaurant’s famous poke bowls left and right.

Poke bowls consist of multiple types of raw fish, such as salmon, tuna, albacore and shrimp. They even have a sweet tangy sauce with a mixture of vegetables, such as cucumber, edamame, and carrots.

Waiting to receive her order, Keara Mcauley, speech pathology major, browsed through the to-go sushi boxes displayed in the refrigerated cases in front of the registers.

“I ordered the ‘create your own bowl,’” Mcauley said. “I got it with shrimp, traditional sauce, a bunch of veggies and brown rice.”

Mcauley comes to Aloha Fusion to expand her taste buds because she said it offers a variety of flavors.

Students are able to place their orders on a sheet of paper by completing just five steps: choice of rice, protein, mix-ins, sauce, and toppings.

Newcomers find filling out the order form is an easier, faster way to get their food. It quickens the pace of the line without students having to think of what to order before they get to the registers.

The restaurant even provides samples which attracts more customers.

“I’ve tried a sample of the orange chicken and it was pretty good meat,” Alek Astourian, biology major said. “I’ve never tried this place so I figured why not.”

Aloha Fusion doesn’t just have the poke bowl trend, but also expands its menu with sushi, teriyaki bowls, ramen and special rolls.

The restaurant also provides great customer service according to students. By always welcoming each and every one with a smile, students find themselves giving positive reviews on and have plans on ordering from there again.

“I would recommend it,” said Shaein Agcaoili, a communications major. “It’s a 9 out of 10.”