Vancouver's appetite for the Hawaiian raw fish craze, which began last year, shows no signs of slowing down. Just the opposite, in fact.
Cases-in-point: a number of new poké places are about to join the market.
The area near the intersection of Nelson and Hornby streets is set to become a Hawaiian culinary focal point. While Honolulu Coffee opened its first North American location at 888 Nelson Street, two poké places will open up close by.
Hooked Poké Bar will open in February at 995 Hornby Street in the space briefly occupied by the short-lived Korean spot Cupbop.
The menu will include offering such as spicy sambal mayo, citrus salmon with yuzu ponzu, classic tuna bowl, along with drinks like lychee refreshers to wash it down.
As this location is still in development, we'll let you know about more details on this one when they're available.
Meanwhile, Pokérrito will open its second location next door at 991 Hornby Street.
The company, which features poké burritos (rolls of ingredients wrapped in rice and nori) along with bowls and salads, first opened a location at 558 Dunsmuir Street.
Other poké places include Westcoast Poké at 463 West 8th Avenue, which opened on November 16.
Prices range from $10 to $15 for both their four classic bowls and customized bowls.
Elsewhere in the city, Poké Corner opened at 1509 West Broadway (at Granville Street), in the space formerly occupied by Tarts Bakery. Build-your-own bowl prices range from $9.95 to $14.95 while signature bowl prices range from $12.95 to $17.95.