The Top 10 Places to Eat Poke in Vancouver

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Poke has taken the world by storm recently. It’s a raw fish salad dish that originated in Hawaii. Vancouver has definitely caught onto the craze, which is visible in a number of poke restaurants now open across the city. Here are the top poke places to check out in Vancouver.

1. Poké Time

Restaurant, Healthy

As the first poke joint in Vancouver, Poké Time knows their poke. They’ve reinvented the Hawaiian dish slightly, by offering customers different bases, toppings, and customized sauces. Poké Time says they “bring the ALOHA to you through our beautifully crafted poke dishes, through the smiles and friendly service from our staff, and by making it affordable so that you can indulge in our poke, time and time again.”

2. Shishinori

Restaurant, Healthy, Japanese

Shishinori is a local Japanese restaurant with two locations: one on Cambie Street and another on Pender Street. It serves an ahi tuna poke bowl, as well as breakfast dishes and fresh subs filled with Japanese ingredients. Shishinori also has other bowls on the menu, such as chashu bowls, carpaccio bowls, and curry bowls. But it’s their poke that keeps the customers returning.

3. The Poke Guy

Restaurant, Healthy

The Poke Guy is a local favorite. They were the first poke restaurant in Vancouver to serve Ocean Wise, a company that sources all of their seafood responsibly and sustainably. The Poke Guy also has a reputation for serving the most high-quality raw ingredients. Once their daily fish delivery is sold out, they shut the doors, ensuring that they only serve their customers premium poke. Be sure to check out their #feelgoodpoke hashtag on Instagram, but not when you’re hungry!

5. Pokerrito

Restaurant, Healthy

A relatively new poke kid on the block, Pokerrito is doing things a little differently. As well as offering the usual poke bowls, they are also serving poke in sushi-style burritos. They have five signature dishes named after Oahu landmarks—North Shore, Diamond Head, Waikiki, Hanauma, and Sunset Beach—but Pokerrito customers can also create their own bowls and burritos too.

6. Poké Station

Restaurant, Healthy

Aptly named, Poké Station sits opposite the Broadway-City Hall station. There is ample seating inside and a lot of natural light—perfect for that Instagram photo. They offer the usual poke bowl varieties as well as additions like seaweed soup and fruit and nut toppings.

7. Westcoast Poké

Restaurant, Healthy, Seafood

The folks at Westcoast Poké are “firm believers in the concept of you are what you eat.” They procure all of their produce from local sources based on seasonal availability, prepare everything fresh in-house every day, and serve it immediately. For transparency, they have a list of purveyors on their website. Some of the sustainable protein you can expect to find on the menu includes ahi tuna, albacore tuna, and sockeye salmon.

8. Bao Down Gastropub + Raw Bar

Restaurant, Healthy, Fusion

Bao Down has two locations in Vancouver (Gastown and Olympic Village) and has built an unbeatable reputation thanks to their unique “Pacific Rim fusion” menu. Locals line up for both lunch and dinner in order to try dishes like their Fly Hawaiian Poke. Customers can choose between three proteins—each served over nuts, Korean sea salt, wasabi, avocado, rice cake crisps, toasted nori, and compressed mango.

9. Pacific Poké

Restaurant, Healthy

Located in Chinatown, Pacific Poké is a newer business bringing poke bowls to Vancouver residents. The team behind Pacific Poké are self-confessed “innovative food lovers,” which means they’re constantly creating unique flavor combinations so that you never know what new addition might be on the menu the next time you visit. As well as create-your-own poke bowls, they also offer their own creations and poke paninis.

10. The Hoké Poké

Restaurant, Healthy

Perhaps the poke place with the catchiest name in Vancouver, The Hoké Poké is located in Kitsilano on popular West 4th Avenue. They have build-your-own bowls, signature creations, hokerittos, and hoké poké nachos. The nachos are topped with spicy tuna, guacamole, crab meat, seaweed salad, pico de gallo dressing, and sriracha aioli. Take away a bowl at The Hoké Poké and enjoy it by the beach in the summer.

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