Poke bowls have become widely popular in cities across North America, including Toronto. A dish that’s been around for centuries, the traditional native Hawaiian dish consists primarily of diced raw fish; however, Western influences have paired poke bowls with a variety of toppings and ingredients.
The nutrient-rich bowls can now be found opting in tofu, seed toppings, and a variety of flavorful sauce combinations. It’s a perfect dish that packs a punch on flavours and texture, and is easy to customize to one’s preferences.
If you’re looking for some of the best poke bowl locations in Toronto, here are five to start!
Located in the heart of downtown, Pokito blends both modern and traditional styles of poke bowls. Expect to find signature bowls such as the Citrus Shrimp Ceviche Bowl, which includes shrimp ceviche, crab salad, and cucumber chow. The Queen St. West spot also includes equally satisfying side dishes, such as Trinidadian Pineapple Chow and Hawaiian Slaw.
Poke Eats is located in the centre of North York and offers poke bowls with a Japanese twist. Managed by executive chef Raymond Choo, Poke Eats offers highly customizable bowls with bases such as kale and lettuce. Their signature bowls include Spicy Bird, which contains ingredients like spicy unagi sauce, spicy seaweed salad, and pineapple.
ONO Poké Bar
With locations in Liberty Village, Bay Street, Georgetown, and Yonge Street, Ono Poké Bar offers generous serving sizes with high-quality ingredients. Ono Poké Bar offers 12 signature bowls, so there is a dish that is sure to suit anyone’s preferences. The bar also offers two sizes – snack size and regular size. Feature items include the Tarnisher Meal, which contains ingredients like AAA Sirloin steak, chicken breast, fried wonton, and unagi tare sauce
Umami Poke pays tribute to traditional Hawaiian poke bowls while adding a twist influenced by the diversity of Toronto. The Yonge Street location incorporates typical Korean flavours and Middle Eastern sauces to their bowls, featuring unique ingredients such as tahini sauces and Korean chili garlic. The customizable menu also offers a variety of innovative mix-ins like pumpkin seeds and Enoki mushrooms.
Offering locations both in downtown Toronto and Markham, Hoki Poke offers flexible build your own bowl and signature bowl options. Their downtown location also offers unique signature poke burrito, with five burrito options to choose from. The establishment also offers vegetarian options, such as their Veggie Burrito and Veggie Bowl that incorporates organic tofu, sweet potato, and rice cracker bits. Dish sizing include both regular and large options.
There are plenty of locations in Toronto that offers unique, flavorful, and satiating poke bowls. These bowls are extremely satisfying and can be customized with different textures and flavors unimaginable. If you’re looking to try some of the best poke bowls that Toronto can offer, try one of the locations above!
Published by HOLR Magazine.