Now that the nitrogen and snowy dessert places are booming and slowly twiddling. It’s too wintery-cold to think about dessert so let’s talk about other food trends. 😉 The Poké places are popular throughout North America and Vancouver is all about the Poké these days.
West Coast Poké opened three weeks ago and is an another new Poké place. Located at 463 West 8th Avenue in the Fairview area of Vancouver. It is a small place that seats 16 people at the very most. It wasn’t busy on a winter mid-week evening when we went and the service was great.
The staff are friendly and we had a good chat about food preparation and where they buy the food. And all the staff looked similar to us. It’s probably from all the restaurants we dined at over the years. 😉 We asked and they pointed a lot of restaurants/bars they’ve worked in the past. Mystery solved!
They have a passion for their work and it shows the creativity in the food. You can tell a lot about a place based on the food and service. All the food is fresh, which is great. Everything on the menu is gluten-free.
I like how they marinate and sear the tuna. I find that very few places offer fresh seafood in Poké. You know how everyone is so health conscious these days. I’m sure a new food-health term will be created soon. They also use fresh fruit and not sugar-induced (cheap) canned fruit so they are focusing on quality > quantity. It shows you that they look into the details and try to be different from all the Poké places circulating around.
I had the daily feature bowl, which contained the following delicous ingredients: blacken tegarashi salmon, coconut rice, edamame, cucumber, sweet onions, scallions, wakame, spicy crab, green apple, torche nori chili oil. I got the spicy wakame for that extra flavour and kick. I LOVE WAKAME.
The taro chips are a mix of taro and plantain and it came with a side of salsa. They had mango cucumber salsa that day.
The honey mango, green iced tea and broth drink is AMAZING and spot on! The broth of the day was a chicken bone marrow broth with rosemary and ginger … which is simply AMAZING and made to perfection! The soup base was clear and topped with loads of green onion.
I like how they have three size options: snack, regular and large. The snack size is good if you’re going on food crawls that day – HA. The large is good if you’re sharing. They switch their menu and sauces on a daily basis as well.