While still on the poké bowl bandwagon, we tried out Kurin at NU Sentral which was just opened more than a week ago. Photos of Kurin poké bowl popped out on our Instagram feed and so Kurin was on our to-try-out wishlist.
Usually before we step into any events or a place, we would do some research prior but this time around we decided we wanted to be surprised. First surprise was the outlet. We did not expect an outlet! Kurin at NU Sentral is located on the 5th floor. Easily spotted with the striking yellow-tiled border all around the outlet, that reflects the brands honesty, enthusiasm and positive nature.
Kurin’s concept doesn’t run too far away from everyone else, and that is to offer healthy grab ‘n’ go food to busy consumers. It is the brainchild of two gentlemen who shared the same enthusiasts on healthy living and living a well-balanced lifestyle. However, Kurin is different from the previous poké brand that we’ve tried. They are more complete, in the sense that they offers quite a menu besides poké and their famous pokerrito. Consumers are offered other healthy choices such as salads, soba noodles, sushi donuts, sandwiches, soba protein pots, yogurts, chia seed puddings and juices from as low as RM6. Perfect for the lunch crowd!
Ordering is made over the counter. Just mention what you want and the size either Regular or Large and make payment. You will then move to the poké customization section, where it has a transparent counter so that all their customers is able to witness their food being prepared from base to topping.
Ingredients wise, they are fresh and high quality for sure. If you have trouble identifying your greens, just point them out! Works fine for us.
We are most excited about Kurin’s Pokerrito. As the name suggest, it is a hybrid of a poké and a burrito, but looks like a sushi roll. It starts with seaweed, with Japanese short grain rice as we preferred. Other choices includes brown rice or lettuce or cabbage. The fillings are similar to customizing a poké don, with proteins to choose from tuna, salmon, chicken or torched tofu. Depending on the size, customers can select up to four different fruits and vegetables ranging from edamame beans, chuka wakame, mango and more. We were told that the protein and vegetables are seasonable and that means there will be changes from time to time.
We also tried out the basic, Poké Don. With a huge Pokerrito waiting for us to devour, a Regular Poké Don will do for now.
Another unique offering by Kurin is the choice to have the protein raw or torched. We never had torched salmon before so we opted for that for our poké down, along with Ponzu Fresh homemade sauce. The varieties of homemade sauces available at Kurin are quite unique, from Wasabi Mayo (creamy Japanese sauce), Spicy Mayo (creamy sriracha), Ponzu Fresh (citrus infused soy), Teriyaki (with no mirin), and lastly the Classic (shouyu-sesame oil). If you like the extra crunch, you may opt to add crispy garlic, crispy lotus or almonds to your poké.
If poké is not your cup of tea for that day, try peeking at their available pre-packed food section. There are sandwiches, soba noodles, sushi donuts, chia seed puddings, yogurt, and various juices that will be sure to provide you a yummylicious healthy meal for the day. For a limited time, you can enjoy 20% discount on all pre packed food when you purchase a poké bowl, pokeritto or salad at Kurin NU Sentral.