If you are following any foodies on instagram or active on social media, you will know that ‘poke’ (pronounced poke-eh) is all the rage this year in Vancouver. Poke is a very casual and light dish that Hawaiians eat often as lunch or dinner because they are so close to the ocean and have tons of fresh fish on hand. It consists of cubed marinated fish (usually tuna or salmon, but I’ve seen octopus, scallops, and hamachi before too) with a variety of different garnishes and toppings on top of a bed of hot rice. That’s it! That’s poke!
The Poke Guy is located on East Hastings in a location that can be easily missed if you don’t look hard enough. It’s almost underground so make sure you look out for the sign when walking on Richards street.
Queen B and I came during their soft opening so a couple of things were missing like menus on the wall or pre-set bowls, but even then their process went pretty well!
After choosing which protein you want (I got the wasabi mayo tuna but they also had shoyu ahi and other varieties), you can add unlimited toppings to your poke bowl. They had toppings like green onion, pineapple, mango, corn, avocado (extra charge), pea sprouts, parsley, cucumber, etc.
As mentioned, I got the Wasabi Mayo Ahi poke bowl with brown rice. My toppings include avocado, Japanese potato salad, crab meat, crispy onions, chicharron bits, edamame, green onions, and corn. I actually really enjoyed my bowl!! The extra crispy toppings on top really added another dimension and the potato salad was just the bomb.
Underneath all that sriracha, Queen B got the Spicy Ahi with brown rice. She chose cucumbers, avocado, mango, green onions, crispy onions, and chicharron bits. She loved it and said the mango added a really nice sweetness to the spiciness.
All I can say is….nom nom nom. So good!! If you are on the hunt for the best poke in Vancouver, you should definitely put this on your list because it’s up there in the Top 3 in my books.
Service Rating: 3.5/5
Food Rating: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5