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Olivia De Beukelaer has recently relocated from London to Rotterdam. Now she takes every opportunity to explore her new home. As a guestblogger at Weekends in Rotterdam she is mostly reviewing the city’s food and drink scene. Her first review is about the newly opened Poké Box on Posthoornstraat 9.
The Poké Box is a casual café-restaurant tucked away around the back of the Maritiem Museum. Opened in January 2018, it is the latest addition to Rotterdam’s growing poké scene – a healthy food trend of cubed raw fish tossed over vegetables and rice, which has already taken over Amsterdam.
We stopped by to check it out for ourselves…
Review of The Poké Box in Rotterdam
As you enter the bright and airy eatery, feel free to take a quick snap of the cute “I’m soy into you” neon sign which hangs by the door. Then step over to the counter, where the friendly staff are quick to make you feel at ease, and ready to share their recommendations as needed.
On the menu
Choose a signature, pre-designed box, or show off your creative talent by building your own. Take your pick from the fresh ingredients delivered daily by local suppliers. Start with rice or salad. Add in salmon or tuna – or there’s also shrimp, tofu and chicken if you’re not a fan of raw fish – marinated in your choice of veggies. Top it up with beans, seaweed, avocado, cucumber, mango, beetroot, onions and more. Drizzle a little Asian-style dressing or mayo. And sprinkle something crunchy on top, such as spring onions, furikake, sesame mix or masago. The delicious end result is a colourful mix of crisp textures and bold flavours. You leave feeling satisfied while knowing it was all good, wholesome food.
Most visitors prefer to create their own box (always the most fun option!). We particularly loved our combination of raw tuna with mango, pineapple and wasabi mayo among other ingredients. But if you’re not feeling so adventurous, the classic box is a good place to start.
Fancy something sweet, something floral, something warm or something stronger? It’s all here. We accompanied our lunch with lavender lemonade and plum ice tea, but they’ve also got custom-made tea and speciality coffees sourced from local suppliers.
Come here for
The food may be fast, but this doesn’t mean you have to be. It is, of course, the perfect place for a quick lunch with colleagues or an energising pit stop when out shopping. But you can also find a spot in the upstairs lounge for a cosy evening get-together with friends, or to catch up on work or studies – they even provide plenty of plugs for all your devices.
As The Poké Box grows, look out for additional menu items including poké toast, onigiri snacks and a wider variety of drinks. There are also plans for a terrace in the summer.
The Poké Box in Rotterdam
Just under €10 for a medium poké box
Posthoornstraat 9, 3011 WD Rotterdam
Monday – Sunday: 12.00 – 21.00
Olivia De Beukelaer
Olivia is a guest blogger and reviewer for Weekends in Rotterdam. She also works full time as a Digital Communications Specialist for MetrixLab, a market research agency based in the city. When she’s not writing, she enjoys eating out, cheerleading and travelling. Follow her Rotterdam adventures on Instagram @olivia.in.rotterdam.