The Poke Guy is the latest newcomer to the poke scene. They are closer to Gastown on Richards and Hastings Street so if you work around here you don’t need to go as far for your poke fix now.
They’re right next to a barber shop. This also used to be a waffle place that flopped. I had considered trying them but I was just put off by their lack of ambiance and decor and based on the pictures of the food, they could’ve worked on presentation more. Anyway, I’m glad The Poke Guy took over!
The seafood options are written on a chalkboard. You can choose from ahi tuna, sockeye salmon, albacore tuna, shrimp or lomi lomi. According to the board, lomi lomi is similar to a ceviche. For some of the seafood, you can choose the type of marinade you want. Unlike other poke places in town, The Poke Guy marinates their seafood which makes it more similar to the poke you would get in Hawaii (not that I’ve been).
You pay at the counter and then you choose a size (Lil’ Guy or Big Guy), choose a base (white rice, brown rice or salad greens) and then choose a poke (ahi tuna, albacore tuna, wild sockeye salmon, tofu, hokkigai, cooked shrimp, cooked scallops or tako (octopus). There are lots of customization options. If you get the Big Guy you will get a bigger box and 2 scoops of rice and more of everything!
Then you choose your sides (seaweed salad, imitation crab, potato salad, avocado, cucumber, pineapple, mango, carrots,corn, edamame, green onions, cilantro, sprouts) . For the Lil’ Guy, which I ordered, you can choose 5 sides while for the Big Guy you get unlimited sides. Then you can add some crunch (crispy onions, wasabi peas, pork rinds, nori or macadamia nuts). Finally you can add some drizzle (wasabi mayo, spicy mayo, ponzu, seasame, shoyu). Anything that costs more has a $ sign next to it on the menu (like the avocado and macadamia nuts).
I went around 1pm and they were low on the poke but I’m sure it gets refilled after.
You add the drizzle yourself but I didn’t see all the options on the counter.
I had the Lil’ Guy with brown rice, sockeye salmon, corn, mango, imitation crab, cucumber, seaweed salad, wasabi peas and crispy onions. I also drizzled it with generous amounts of spicy mayo and ponzu sauce which was what was available on the counter at the time. When you choose your rice, they also give you the option of seasoning it with Japanese rice seasoning (e.g. furikake, a mixture of seaweed, sesame seeds, dried fish, salt).
I like that the fish was already marinated (I chose the mild sriracha mayo) and there was a good amount of it buried underneath all the toppings. All the ingredients tasted fresh and delicious! I enjoyed the seaweed salad and the sweetness of the mangoes. I also heard their potato salad is tasty so might get that next time! The only slightly down side was that it was hard to mix so I just poked around to get a bit of everything. Price wise The Poke Guy was a bit more expensive than Poke Time but their fish is Ocean Wise!