‘Poke Bar’ and ‘Snow Monster’ Coming to Universal CityWalk Hollywood


Universal CityWalk Hollywood is going through an unprecedented effort on introducing local and completely unique food and beverage offering to the millions that pass through CityWalk each year. In a recap of the last 12 months Universal has introduced Margaritaville, Dongpo Kitchen, LuDo Bird, Blaze Pizza, and VooDoo Doughnuts to spice up the districts many offerings.

While not yet publicly acknowledged, a new info Kiosk on the upper level of CityWalk was introduced, revealing two brand new tenants.  For those who are unfamiliar let us introduce you to the newest eating/drinking options.

Poke Bar

While at first the name might suggest something related to Pokemon, unfortunately for us nerds that’s not the case. Located in the CityFood upper level of CityWalk in the former location of the Flame Broilers, Poke Bar will introduce an affordable Japanese and Sushi style cuisine to CityWalk. Started in 1990 the Los Angeles local food offering has been growing rapidly  in recent years opening locations throughout Southern California and reaching as far as Seattle. For a better understanding on what ‘Poke’ is, here’s an excerpt from their website.

Poke is a raw salad served in Hawaiian cuisine. We have taken this classic dish and put several twists to it. We use tuna, salmon, albacore, shrimp, octopus, scallop and tofu with different mixtures including seaweed, onions, kale and more to create a fresh, light, delicious meal.


Snow Monster / Mini Monster

Snow Monster is another popular Southern California eatery / hangout this time coming from Orange County. The brand specializes in creating a minimalist atmosphere to relax and enjoy one of their many sweet ice cream sandwiches or macaroons or indulging in a huge variety of tea and boba offerings (a first for CityWalk) in swanky light bulb glasses. It’s worth noting that this location will be a ‘Mini Monster’ which tend to have a smaller menu that focus on the brand’s signature cotton candy-topped drinks as well as assortment of cold drink (and dessert) offerings. Mini Monster replaces the former LUSH Makeup store. A breif descrition from the website.

Our flavorful teas and boba are made in small batches on site. Usually you can find one of our team members brewing tea and cooking boba throughout the entire day. Most of the time the boba is served warm which creates a delicious contrast with our cold drinks. Each batch of tea takes us 1.5 to 2 hours to make. Our loose leaf teas go through a multi-step process which takes time in order to fully extract the tea flavors. Please let us know if you would like your drink adjusted.

Snow (Mini) Monster is expected to open this Summer 2017, and the opening date for Poke Bar is still unknown at this point. Do any of these offerings tingle your taste buds? Let us know in the comments below!

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