If you’re interested in trying Hawaii’s much-loved chopped raw seafood salad–poké–you’re in luck, as a handful of dedicated restaurants and eateries are emerging in Vancouver.
Owned and operated by husband and wife duo Johnny Ung and Sandra Kwon, Poké Time (located at 1258 Robson Street) is slated to open mid-July and will offer traditional style poké as well as inventive takes on the island classic.
“We will have changing menu items based on what is in season, as we want to offer our customers the freshest ingredients,” says Ung. For those that can’t eat raw seafood, we will also be offering alternatives such as tofu and cooked shrimp,” Ung adds.
In terms of ordering, customers will be able to choose from a range of bases, sauces, and toppings.
“Our poké is entirely customized. Every customer will be able to create their own poke. We will be offering monthly featured creations with special ingredients as well,” remarks Ung.
Becoming hooked on this global food trend (after eating copious amounts of poké in Hawaii and LA), the couple were shocked by the lack of poké bars in Vancouver. To rectify this situation the pair took matters into their own hands and thus Poké Time was born.
“Vancouver is a city that loves raw seafood, is health conscious, and current with the food trends. We have no doubt that Vancouver will share our love for poké. And with numerous poké shops opening this year, we now know we’re right.”
At 900 square feet, Poké Time will offer inside bar-style seating for 16 and will be open for both lunch and dinner.
For further developments stayed tuned to Poké Time’s Facebook page.
Address: 1258 Robson Street, Vancouver