I was fortunate enough to be invited by my good friend Naomi (constantcravings.ca) to participate in a media tasting at The Poké Shop in Gastown.
I’ve been here previously, and I will say my experiences were very similar, so I will say that there was no “preferential” treatment in terms of service and portion size.
In terms of value, of all the Poké shops that I have been to in Downtown, they definitely have the best value here. Personally I prefer the poké here over Pokeritto and The Poke Guy.
I love the rice here. Hands down the best base ever. For my unlimited toppings I went with pickled ginger, lemon, cilantro, pomegranate, cucumber, orange segments, edamame, imitation crab meat, tobiko, seaweed salad, nori and for my sauce I had their signature sauce and wasabi mayo.
Visually not the most appealing (very green!), but I really enjoyed this! I probably wouldn’t ask for pomegranate seeds only because the texture was really odd, but it was a nice touch of colour!
This is a new menu item that they haven’t introduced yet. It’s Poké on top of avocado topped with pea sprouts and curly beets and carrots(I think). Personally I loved everything on top of the toast, but the toast itself was kind of weird. I don’t think it really works with the heavy toppings. Maybe they need to toast the bread a bit longer, because it was definitely soggy. Good idea, lacking just a little bit in execution.
Overall I had a great time here. I can see myself here quite often as it is very close to my office and the flavours here are really good (especially that signature sauce!)