Vancouver is becoming a more health conscious city by the day. Even fast food chains are giving themselves a makeover offering fresh ingredients and healthier alternatives on their menu to keep up with demand. Last year, ice cream was a huge hit in Vancouver with ice cream shops like Tangram Creamery, 720 Sweets, and other ice cream parlous opening up one after the other. And like any other Vancouverite, we’re always chasing after the newest food trend.
Earlier this year, poké was predicted to be the hottest food trend to hit Vancouver. Lo and behold, it sure as heck became the hottest food trend within a matter of months! I’ve already lost count of how many we have! Pokkérito.. Poké Guy.. PokéTime..and the list just goes on! The latest to jump into the poké craze is Westcoast Poké just a few blocks down from the busy intersection of West Broadway and Cambie in Mount Pleasant. My first ever poké stop was at Pokérrito, but I’m not too sure if I would even consider it to my “first” poke experience since none of their proteins are marinated. 🙄 For those who are unfamiliar with the concept of poké … it’s essentially a traditional Hawaiian food that consists of raw fish cut into bite-sized cubes marinated with sesame oil, shoyu (soy sauce), salad mix-ins, and seasonings.
Westcoast Poké is still relatively new to the poké game (two weeks!). I decided to give this place a try since I was in the area and conveniently did not pack a lunch for work! Similar to many poké establishments in the city, Westcoast Poké is committed to serving the freshest ingredients possible. Everything on their menu is made from scratch, non-GMO, additive and preservative free.
This is their current menu:
credit: Westcoast Poké
Sockeye salmon was recently removed from the menu due to low demand. In addition, they also have a fresh sheet that changes daily featuring drinks, soups, and unique toppings to help create your poké bowl to perfection!
Close up of their fancy poké station
The proteins here are meticulously marinated overnight with a combination of shoyu, sugar, nori, dried shiitake mushroom, and Hawaiian salt.
Full menu of toppings for you to craft and curate your bowl of poké perfection from greens, veggies, and sauces.
For my poké bowl, I chose brown rice as my base, ahi tuna (+$3), avocado (+$1.50), ginger, radish, seaweed salad, and masago with a heaping drizzle of wasable aioli and ginger soy. Before my toppings were added to my poké, I had my ahi tuna mixed in with scallions, sweet onion, and cucumber which I thought was a nice touch. Personally, I thought the snack size was the perfect portion for lunch. Fish to rice ratio was on point and I could definitely taste the freshness of the ingredients. Their proteins are on the pricier side, but for the quality you get here.. it’s worth the extra buck or two. The only constructive criticism I have is that they went a little heavy with my wasabi aioli as the flavour of the poké got lost very easily. I think I would skip out on the sauce next time or request to have the sauce on the side.
Miso Soup ($2) For those who have been following my blog, you know I love my miso soups! The addition of the house-made torched nori chili oil was a total game changer for me. It really enhanced the flavour of the dashi giving it a much bolder and robust taste. Easily one of my favourite places to get a nice bowl (or cup 😛 ) of miso soup in the Lower Mainland.
Service was also very awesome! The owner and staff were very personable and friendly. It’s always a pleasure to meet passionate restaurant owners who take great pride in what they do. Westcoast Poké will always be a reliable option for a sit down meal any time of the day for me 🙂
Please note that seating might be a bit tough during rush hour as they only have a long communal table with a maximum seating occupancy of about 12-15!
463 W 8th Ave