Steve’s Poké Bar (SFU): Build Your Own Bowls
As someone who’s always enjoyed the fresh and tasty poke that we’ve had in Hawaii, we were glad when the poke craze started to take root in Vancouver a couple of years ago. Steve’s Poké Bar, located in the SFU campus on top of Burnaby Mountain was one of the first dedicated poke places to open up in the area but it wasn’t until recently that we’ve tried them out.
Unfortunately, many of the so-called poke restaurants in Vancouver don’t live up to their Hawaiian counterparts so we’ve been a bit gun shy on trying new places. Fortunately, Poké Bar is actually a good option. While they’re not exactly like what you’d find in Hawaii, their poke bowl options and pre-marinated poke turns out quite well.
Instead of their signature bowls, we decided to build our own bowls with 2 scoops of poke with unlimited regular toppings. Their Spicy Salmon was their daily special poke (and was $1 extra) and we wound up with the Shoyu Salmon with Spicy Scallop as well as the Shoyu Ahi and Spicy Salmon.
Some of the regular toppings that we included in our bowls were wakame, corn, imitation crab, edamame, red onions, green onions, fried garlic chips, and pineapple. While you can get rice as your base, we picked quinoa which actually went really good with the poke. If you like your poke bowl a bit saucier, they have bottles of sauce on the side that you can use to kick up the flavour.
While the poke scoops aren’t huge, the flavours were well executed and I’d be happy to come back and revisit. Service was also top notch… we mentioned that this was our first time here and they gave us samples of all of the poke options before we picked.
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