April 3, 2017
The Purple Potato is a new concept by Yonaka. Both share the existing Yonaka space inside the plaza at Flamingo/Decatur. The Purple Potato serves up made to order bowls for lunch. Then, after 5 o'clock it switches over to the full Yonaka menu for dinner.
These bowl options are better than the latest poke trend, and more elevated than your traditional salad. Honestly, it might just be a perfect marriage for the two. It works by selecting your bowl (chef's selection or craft your own), build the base (grain, greens or both), pick your protein (chicken, beef, fish or even tofu) and choose from the eleven dressings (light, medium or heavy) made daily and finally, up to four toppings from the vast list are included, but you can choose up to 14 for an additional cost. Truly, the possibilities are limitless.
If you're overwhelmed by the plethora of combinations you can simplify the order, by choosing any of the eight chef's selection bowls. These run $10-$12 and offer an array of flavors, with Asian, Mexican or Mediterranean influences. Some more sweet and others more savory. Those still sticking to new year's resolutions will be happy to see the calorie counts listed on the menu. In addition to the bowls, the Purple Potato is known for their fresh beverages made in house daily ($3). Choose from lemonade, agua fresca, green tea or ginger ale.
I dined in for my first visit. Though, they offer take out and delivery up to three miles. My server welcomed me with a smile and happily explained the menu. I opted for the Umami Bowl (Kale, kabocha, bean sprouts, mushrooms, avocado, spiced mixed nuts with quinoa and romaine, yellowtail, with "medium" sesame orange miso dressing ($11). The ingredients were fresh, crisp and every bite was flavorful and offered a variety of texture. I never bored of the bowl like I do with salads and poke bowls filled with sushi rice. The sum of all parts were well balanced. Not too sweet, nor too salty. The bowl was very filling, more than I could finish. Plus, it comes with a complimentary side of whole grain bread. The Strawberry Thyme agua fresca was refreshing and not cloyingly sweet. Plus, it was a pleasant surprise when I was offered a free refill.
Overall, I really enjoyed the Purple Potato. I appreciate the fact that they're doing something unique and better than those that could most closely compare. It's an added bonus that healthful options are plentiful. It is a great choice to break a dining rut or when you're craving something out of the ordinary.