It seems our city has been reveling in delight following multiple announcements of poke eateries that will soon open for business.
We first reported that The Poke Guy will be offering poke bowls in Vancouver, which apparently kicked-off the poke radar around town. Other establishments that will and are already serving the raw fish cubes include Pacific Poke, Ohana Poke Bar at the Richmond Night Market, and the forthcoming Poke Time on Robson Street.
It doesn’t stop there—Poke King is another poke shop that is joining in on the popular food trend.
Co-owner Sara Lo tells the Straight by phone that she and her partner were inspired to open a poke business after falling in love with the dish in Hawaii.
Keen on following the layouts of traditional Hawaiian poke spots, Lo says that consumers will be able to walk in and grab something to-go.
“It going to be just like a deli, a place where you can grab stuff and bring home,” said Lo. “It’s going to have around ten seats, so you can also sit down if you want to.”
As for the cubed fish, Poke King will use fresh and sustainable seafood whenever possible. Expect flavours to range from traditional oyster sauce salmon poke to spicy ahi (yellowfin) tuna poke, and California poke to ahi mango poke.
Guests will be able to grab poke by itself, or order a poke bowl that comes with your choice of protein, as well as different kinds of rice and salads.
“We’ll have a combo for different selections of poke, and then we’ll have a variety of toppings like crabmeat, extra onions, seaweed salad, and more,” explained Lo.
Other items on its menu include spam musubis and imported drinks from Hawaii and Japan. Gluten-free sauces and carb-less poke bowls will also be available for the health-conscious consumers.
While no set location has been decided on, Poke King is currently trying to secure a storefront on Commercial Drive, with a prospective opening date later this year.