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The Poke Shop in Gastown: Bowls and Drinks

Foodology November 8, 2016 Gastown, Kid Friendly, Seafood, Three Beakers

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The Poke Shop is the latest restaurant to open serving delicious poké to Vancouverites. Located in Gastown across from the steam clock, this restaurant is a bit hidden, so look out for the Poke Shop sign outside. With many poké stores opening in Vancouver, I wanted to see how it compares to the other shops in town.

Poke bowls typically feature seasoned sushi-grade seafood on top of rice and garnished with various ingredients like seaweed salad, green onions and sesame seeds. The Poke Shop offers their own fresh take on poke with a variety of bases, proteins, toppings, and signature sauces.

Interior

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The interior is small, but they have a few tables for seating. Since there will be a mix of people eating in and doing take out, it shouldn’t be too bad.

I liked the little hints of Hawaiian decor. They also have a mural on one side of the restaurant with a large wave.

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Ordering

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They have 2 sizes for their bowl – super large and large. Both are good sizes, but generally large is a good size unless you are super super hungry. Price is on par with the other poke stores in Vancouver.

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Step 1: Pick your base

  • Japonica White Rice
  • 12 Grain Organic Purple Rice
  • Organic Mix Greens
  • Baby Spinach
  • Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles)

You can choose more than one. I got a mix of purple rice, spinach and zoodles.

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Step 2: Pick your proteins

  • Ahi Tuna
  • Albacore Tuna
  • Atlantic Salmon
  • Wild Sockeye Salmon
  • Baby Scallop
  • BBQ Unagi
  • Oven Roasted Organic Chicken
  • Grilled Organic Chicken

You choose 2 proteins and any more is $2 extra. I went with the ahi tuna and the spicy wild sockeye salmon.

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Step 3: Pick your toppings

  • Macaroni Salad
  • Red Onion
  • Fried Onion
  • Green Onion
  • Garlic Chips
  • Pickled Ginger
  • Red Radish
  • Beets
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Peaches
  • Strawberry
  • Watermelon
  • Oranges
  • Pomegranate
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Carrot
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Edamame
  • Organic Avocado ($1 extra)
  • Poached Organic Free range Egg ($1 extra)
  • Imitation Crab Meat
  • Tobiko
  • Wakame Seaweed Salad
  • Furikake
  • Nori

The toppings are unlimited, so you can pack your bowl with your favourite ingredients. Just make sure you get fried onions, red radish, beets, pineapple, watermelon, cucumber, seaweed salad, nori and imitation crab meat!

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Step 4: Pick Your Sauce

  • Signature
  • Horseradish Aioli
  • Sweet Chilli
  • BBQ Shoyu
  • Miso
  • Wasabi
  • Spicy

You can’t go wrong with their signature sauce thats top secret. I also liked the wasabi sauce to add a kick to the meal.

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Thats all the steps to put together your poke bowl. They have a few pre-constructed bowls, but I found that it was better customizing it to cater to your own taste buds.

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The Taste

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Depending on how many toppings you add to your bowl, it could either be enormous or the same size as the bowl. Being me, I loaded up the bowl with my favourite toppings and 2 sauces. The poke was good and had lots of marinade on it. It was delicious and healthy fast food.

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Specialty Drinks

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For $2 extra, you can adda  drink to your poke bowl. Or it’s $3.50 for just the drink. A  pretty good deal!

They have:

  • Roasted Macadamia Milk Tea
  • Pineapple Plantation Iced Tea
  • 3 Berry & Lemon Soda
  • Cucumber Agave Lemon Water
  • Hawaiian Chocolate & Coffee Milk Tea
  • Iced Matcha Green Tea with Honey

We didn’t try them all but we gave a few of them a try.

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Roasted Macadamia Milk Tea had a strong milky tea taste with bits of macadamia nuts at the bottom. I liked the texture from the bits of nuts but it didn’t add a lot of flavour to it, just texture. Not too sweet, which I liked.

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Hawaiian Chocolate & Coffee Milk Tea is good for those who love chocolate. A good balance of the chocolate and coffee. There are also cookie crumb bits at the top of the drinks, so its nice added texture.

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Pineapple Plantation Ice Tea was our favourite. It’s light and refreshing to go with the poke.

Final Thoughts

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It’s a great option for something fresh and healthy if you’re in the Gastown area. They only have poke bowls and drinks for now. I love their unlimited toppings and their specialty drinks menu. SO much better. Soon they will be working on some dessert selections. I’ve been to a majority of the poké restaurants in Vancouver and find that each one varies slightly and it all comes down to personal preferences.

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We Rate The Poke Shop35rating

Address:
306 Water Street, Vancouver, BC

Website:
http://thepokeshop.ca/

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About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.

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