Poke Bowl at Urban Pantry Aventura Hotel Universal Orlando

On a recent trip to Universal Orlando, I stayed at the Aventura Hotel. If you know me, that shouldn’t be a surprise. I really enjoy the Urban Pantry food court there. Several new items appeared on the menu at the end of April. For example, the Wok/Sushi station started serving a “Poke Bowl”. I decided to order it for lunch during an afternoon break at a theme park.

Before I give you the restaurant review, I have to poke fun at Universal Orlando for a few sentences. During my stay at Aventura, the tablet in the room did not provide the updated menu at Urban Pantry. I spoke with customer services about this. They handled it casually. What I mean by casually, they didn’t do anything. At the time of writing this review, more than 30 days after discussing the issue with customer services three times, the online menu still does not reflect the addition of several new menu items. The moral of the story is to keep your doubts about online menus when planning your meals at Universal Orlando. This problem compels me to continue writing articles about menu changes to Universal Orlando menus.

This April afternoon, I ordered the “Poke Bowl”. In my opinion, the service lacks speed. The team member who took my order got a #UOFistBump thanks to their excellent customer service. However, I paid for my order at 1:31 p.m. There was an order in front of me. My order was ready at 1:48 p.m. The lack of speed at this wok/sushi station fits a late April pattern. On previous trips the wok/sushi station could be slow, but that was due to backing up the order. Unfortunately, in this case, this reasoning does not work.

So how was the meal? Well, the presentation of this bowl is excellent. The “Poke Bowl” cost me $12 before any discount. The menu board description for this item says “carrots, cucumbers, edamame, avocado, shallot, wakame, and spicy mayo”. Customers choose between tuna or salmon for this menu item. The salmon portion size was excellent for a $12 theme park menu item of this type. The ingredients provided were delicious and fresh. The ingredients are quite separate. This offered me the chance to taste each one individually. All were fresh and of excellent quality.

Be aware that spicy mayonnaise provides a legit kick, especially for theme park-level spice. I chose to mix the spicy mayonnaise with all the ingredients. Spices and flavorings work well together. After eating it, I decided to add soy sauce. This choice brought an additional positive taste to this bowl. In all honesty, the danger of adding soy sauce directly to the bowl could cause the bottom of the bowl to look chewy.

This bowl makes a solid light meal with legit nutrition. Appearance, taste and texture provide great value. If you are interested in a tuna or salmon poke bowl, this option will satisfy that desire. Even with Universal Orlando’s failing customer services, this food court continues to shine.

As always, eat your way!

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