Think of it like sushi…but deconstructed. Poké—a traditional Hawaiian dish made up of raw fish, sesame oil and soy-based poké sauce, scallions, and sesame seeds served on rice—has been creating all of the craze in Vancouver’s and Toronto’s food scene for a while. Now Calgary is jumping on the poké wave, big time.
From the bowls you can load up at poké shops to some fun poké dishes on restaurant menus, here are nine places to get poké in Calgary.
Po-ké is offering four types of signature poké bowls as well as a build-your-own bowl option where you choose from seven different proteins (like special scallop, marinated ahi tuna, and even tofu), a carb or veg base, veggie mixers and toppings, along with sauces and garnishes. They also serve up sushi burritos and poké dogs. The hardest part will be making a decision.
Address: 908A Centre Street NE
Salmon poké taco from Jinya Ramen
This Japanese remix of poké uses crispy wonton wrappers as the ‘taco’ that is filled with chunks of tender salmon, green onion, and cherry tomato. It is drizzled with an in-house made poké sauce, garnished with cilantro, and served with a wedge of lime.
Address: #180- 1800 4th Street SW
Poké-chos from Paper St
This is not-cho average spin off of poké as fresh ahi tuna is piled onto crispy wonton chips topped with edamame beans, nori, and dressed in volcano sauce.
Address: 102- 630 8 Avenue SW
Customize your bowl by choosing from four styles of bases (including a creative option like tortilla chips alongside rice and greens) to hold up any two to three scoops of six poké protein options (like spicy ahi tuna, octopus, long fin tuna, and a vegan option is available also). With plenty of sides (like crab salad or avocado), sauces, and toppings to add into your bowl this can easily become a summer lunch favourite you won’t get bored of.
Address: 520 5th Avenue SW
Address: 939 10th Avenue SW
Ahi tuna poké from Wurst
Germans don’t use rice as a carb. Served on a bed of creamy potato salad made with tangy gherkins, bell pepper, and cucumber, this version of potato supported poké is loaded with raw marinated tuna and lime chili soy dressing topped with tobiko.
Address: 2437- 4th Street SW
Packed with fresh veg like tomato, cucumber along with buttery avocado and sweet mango you can choose from different bases and from shrimp, salmon, longfin or ahi tuna poké.
Address: 10- 1420 40th Avenue NE
At Crossroads Market, Eats of Asia is serving up salmon poké bowls loaded with crisp cucumber, radish, and seaweed salad with plenty of sesame seeds and fish roe to top it off.
Address: Crossroads Farmer’s Market, 1235 26 Avenue SE
Gochujang albacore tuna poké from Foreign Concept
This colourful bowl is packed with sweet and spicy gochujang albacore tuna chunks, fresh perilla leaves, avocado, and soy cured fish roe.
Address: 1011 1st Street SW
These newly launched poké bowls will change the way you lunch as you’ll be able to get a fresh omega-fats rich bowls at three different Edo Japan locations in Calgary.