Poke Station is the newest addition to poke restaurants in Vancouver. It is located on Broadway and Cambie (across from Whole Foods). It is where Big Smoke Burger used to be. The space is bright and open with lots of white table and seating – perfect for the taking that coveted Instagram photo.
Last week, I was super excited for a new poke shop located right next to my hair salon. I could finally get a decent meal before getting haircuts after work. Instead I found myself disappointed today for various reasons.
- The poke (marinated raw fish) were not marinated. Simply chopped and presented like sashimi. I might as well order a legit Chirashi Don (sashimi rice bowl) at a Japanese restaurant.
- Tiny portions: The portions were a quarter of other poke shops in town. They used scoops the size of cherry pitters. Do your market research guys…
- Lack of Flavors: It was quite bland. I ordered wasabi mayo and there was no kick. Plus the obvious reason, they barely put any on my bowl.
- High Glass Wall: The glass wall above the counter was too high. It was a nuisance to order since they couldn’t hear me and I couldn’t hear them. I can’t imagine when it gets busy!
Given it is still really new, I do hope the iron out their kinks and do better. If you don’t give it your best in Vancouver, you really can’t expect to survive. There are simply too many outstanding restaurants and options than to settle for mediocre.
Cuisine: Japanese, Poke, Sushi Bar
Wednesday 6:30AM – 9:00PM
Thursday 6:30AM – 9:00PM
Friday 6:30AM – 9:00PM
Saturday 6:30AM – 9:00PM
Sunday 7:00AM – 8:00PM
Monday 6:30AM – 9:00PM
Tuesday 6:30AM – 9:00PM
500 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6J 4Z6