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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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