POKE PAR­ADISE

The city’s trendi­est dish, straight from the Aloha State

Where Vancouver - - Contents - By Jill Von Sprecken

Poke—Hawaii’s mar­i­nated raw-fish salad—has caught a wave, sweep­ing across the city and leav­ing Poly­ne­sian-in­spired flavour in its wake

Get ready to hang ten. Poke—Hawaii’s mar­i­nated raw-fish salad—has caught a wave, sweep­ing across the city and leav­ing Poly­ne­sian-in­spired flavour in its wake. The is­land sta­ple is pro­nounced “poh-kay,” which means “to cut or slice.” An apt de­scrip­tion, as poke’s main in­gre­di­ent is cubed raw fish, which is then topped with fresh in­gre­di­ents. Of course, sushi-lov­ing Van­cou­verites wasted no time say­ing aloha to the dish, and menus here fea­ture both clas­sic and cre­ative ver­sions. Here’s where to take the plunge.

DOWN­TOWN

WHERE Pokér­rito WHY Hawai­ian and Ja­panese tastes col­lide in poke bowls and hand­held sea­weed­wrapped bur­ri­tos (no chop­sticks re­quired). FIND IT 558 Dun­smuir St. or 991 Hornby St. www.pok­er­rito.ca

WHERE Poké Time WHY The ad­ven­tur­ous try the Su­per Cruncheritto, a poke bur­rito stuffed with mar­i­nated fish, man­darin or­anges, na­cho crumbs, corn flakes and more. FIND IT 1258 Rob­son St. www.poke­time.ca

WHERE Hooked Poke Bar WHY Hawai­ian poke with a side of feel­good flavour, owing to the gluten- and dairy-free menu, house-made sauces and sus­tain­able seafood choices. FIND IT 995 Hornby St. www.hooked­poke­bar.com

KIT­SI­LANO

WHERE Hoké Poké WHY Cus­tom­ize a bowl or choose from house cre­ations, tor­tilla-wrapped bur­ri­tos or tuna-and-gua­camo­le­topped poke na­chos. FIND IT 1834 W. 4th Ave. www.the­hoke­poke.ca

GAS­TOWN

WHERE Poké Guy WHY Clas­sic poke dishes with plenty of is­land flavour, thanks to au­then­tic Hawai­ian salts and sus­tain­able Ocean Wise seafood. FIND IT 420 Richards St. www.the­p­okeguy.ca

WHERE The Poké Shop WHY Cus­tom­iz­a­ble poke bowls can be packed with un­lim­ited out-of-thebento-box top­pings that range from pineap­ple to gua­camole. FIND IT 306 Wa­ter St. www.the­p­okeshop.ca

MAIN STREET

WHERE Pa­cific Poke WHY Add a dash of the West Coast to sig­na­ture or build-your-own bowls with top­pings like av­o­cado nori and jalapeño salsa. FIND IT 625 Main St. www.thep­aci­ficpoke.com

CAMBIE VIL­LAGE

WHERE West­coast Poké WHY Cu­ri­ous but non-com­mit­tal? These poke bowls come in a snack size—the per­fect way to test the wa­ters. FIND IT 463 W. 8th Ave. www.west­coast­poke.com

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