Ever since the super fresh Hawaiian dish poké entered Vancouver’s food scene, it has left a lasting impression.
We’re talking about the kind of impression that makes you consider ordering a delicious bowl for lunch every week. But this is simply a dream for most Vancouverites.
However, one local poké purveyor is saying thank you to the community by giving away free poké — to three people — for an entire year.
With a location at West 8th and Cambie and another at Ironwood Plaza in Richmond, Westcoast Poké specializes in innovative eats, including house-made sauces packed with chef-inspired flavours.
Westcoast Poké first opened its doors in November 2016, when three high school buddies turned their love for food into their passion.
Since then, it has won numerous awards, including Vancouver’s #1 Poké. Everything on the menu is made fresh and prepared from scratch daily. You won’t find any canned fruits or sauces at Westcoast Poké locations.
Now, the poké spot is giving each contest winner one regular-sized Westcoast Classic bowl per week for a year. Let that sink in for a moment. Bowls do not accumulate, so winners must order one weekly. However, we don’t anticipate that being a problem when you take a look at what’s on offer at Westcoast Poké.
Customers can choose from a selection of equally delicious set bowls, like the Aloha with ahi tuna, the Pacific loaded with albacore tuna and crab salad, the Chief (featuring flame-seared aburi sockeye salmon), or the Tidal bowl with prawns.
Another option is to build your own bowl as you desire. Pick one or more proteins, mix-ins like spicy shoyu, toppings, premiums (hello, avocado), sauces, and finishes like crispy fried onions, sesame seeds, or masago.
Westcoast Poké is blazing a trail in the poké realm — not just in Vancouver, but globally. It offers different chef-built feature bowls every month, and it became the first poké joint in the world to serve up a Gindara Sablefish bowl (a previous feature).
For gluten-free options, the Vancouver spot uses tamari for its house-made shoyu. It also has a tasty vegan tuna option with Ahimi — Westcoast Poké was the first in Canada to serve this to the public.
Being a waste-free restaurant with sustainable practices is important to the restaurant. Everything is served in compostable packaging, including bowls, cutlery, cups, and straws. In terms of food, the eatery is working towards a waste-free goal. It has even produced unique ingredients to get there.
For example, the Kimchi Cucumber is made using the end of scallions from the kitchen. The Burnt Miso Chili oil is another must-try. It’s made using lemongrass, chilli flakes, miso paste, kaffir lime leaves, ginger, garlic, and shiitake mushrooms that are repurposed from the house-made, gluten-free shoyu recipe.
To perfect every poké option on the menu, an all-star team is required. Westcoast Poké understands that everyone needs to start somewhere with work experience, and its owners have hired employees as young as those in Grade 9.
By offering a structured, organized, and comfortable workplace environment, the restaurant helps instill a proper work ethic and good work culture for staff. The team not only works in-store, but they also do catering. To date, Westcoast Poké has catered for everything from birthdays to large corporate events, including a TED conference.
The restaurant also maintains a connection to its customers through a loyalty program. You can sign up in-store or online. And when you do, you can enjoy perks like free food, birthday deals, monthly feature bowl Friday discounts, and other exclusive promotions.
To celebrate being voted the top choice for poké in Vancouver, Westcoast Poké is giving locals the chance to win free poké for a full year — and get 15% off regular Classic Bowls with their entry.
Before you start planning your next visit to Westcoast Poké, click here to enter the contest and claim your offer. Remember to follow the poké spot on Instagram, where it will be announcing the winners!
- West 8th and Cambie — 463 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver (11 am to 8 pm daily)
- Ironwood Plaza — 3030 – 11666 Steveston Highway, Richmond (11 am to 8 pm daily)