New Vancouver poké spot has a signature 'super-crunch' option and epic seasonal desserts

Aug 31 2017, 6:01 pm

At this point, Vancouver is no stranger to the Hawaiian dish of poké.

The poké scene has clearly been exploding here, just one stroll down a street in Downtown Van and you’ll see multiple restaurants dedicated to providing us with this fresh and delicious cubed and marinated concoction.

Well, for those that can’t seem to get enough of this offering, you’ll be excited to learn there’s another new one – this time in the Point Grey/Kitsilano area – The PokéMan Kakigori Cafe & Poke Shop.

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The 771 sq-ft, 16-seat space opened its doors last week, and it will specialize in poké bowls and Kakigori (Japanese shaved ice dessert).

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Chef Tomoki Yamasaki (Royal Dinette, Hapa Izakaya) heads up the kitchen at this spot, so we don’t expect anything less than fresh, local, quality grub at PokéMan.

Customers can head to The PokéMan to get offerings such as the Kame-Hame-Ha Tuna bowl, the Spicy Tuna, and the local Wild Sockeye Salmon and Avocado Poké Bowl, along with a weekly rotating vegan option.

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For drinks, you can get Watermelon Lemonade (this spot’s signature drink), made with hand-squeezed lemons, vanilla bean, and pureed watermelon, along with a selection of imported Japanese beverages that are difficult to find in the city.

If you have room, desserts such as Matcha and Red Bean Kakigori, and seasonal flavours like the Strawberry Kakigori are also available for those who need something sweet to wash down all that killer poké. These guys are shaved fluffy and topped with house-made syrups.

We can’t forget to mention PokéMan’s secret weapon, the “super-crunch”, a crispy popped rice with garlic. This is something the eatery’s part-owner Mike Rae describes as a “game changer”, meaning we’ll definitely have to go try this out ourselves.

The PokéMan is open daily from 11 am to 10 pm (summer hours).

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The PokéMan

Address: 3735 West 10 Avenue, Vancouver
Instagram: @pokemanvancouver