He’s passionate about healthy eating and he loves the ocean. So Phil Cui is pretty happy running his waterfront Yeah Bowl Poke Express outlet.
PHIL CUI, OWNER AND MANAGER OF YEAH BOWL
Britomart: Are you from Auckland?
Phil: Yes, I’m from Hillcrest/Takapuna.
How do you get to Britomart? I’m lucky enough to rent a carpark off a mate’s parents near Spark Arena. It’s a nice 10-minute walk. Or if there’s a Lime, I just Lime over. Takes two minutes. That’s pretty fun.
Where do you most like to eat around here? I honestly just eat here. It’s healthy, it’s whole foods. You can customise it a dozen different ways. I just enjoy eating the food here.
What’s your favourite thing? The fresh fish. The salmon and tuna are usually my go-tos. It’s all fresh cut in the morning.
What’s your idea of a good time? Good food. Good company. Preferably coffee. And the ocean has to be involved somehow.
What’s your favourite hidden gem in Auckland? I quite like Gemmayze Street, the Lebanese place in St Kevin’s arcade. I really dig their felafels and their hummus.
What’s one thing that not many people know about you? That I’ve got a fashion degree. I would like to do it as a hobby again, but not as a career.
What would you like to do instead? I’d like to keep doing what I’m doing, making and promoting healthy fast food. It would be good to do more different styles of fast food, but keep it healthy, convenient and accessible.
What do you enjoy about working here? The wide range of people that you meet. Lots of my friends work in town. It’s quite exciting as well.
Are there any babes around here? There’s a few that walk around. There was one who would come to lunch every Friday, and then she left after three months. I’m sure she used to work around here. Her nickname’s Africa because she went to Africa for one of her trips. And then she came back after three weeks and then disappeared again. I’ll have to go to Africa to find her!
If you’re reading this, “Africa”, you know where to find Phil.