The city gets a little taste of aloha with this island staple.

Vancouver, a city with more than a passing familiarity with raw fish, has gone gaga for poke. The Hawaiian staple (it’s pronounced poe-kay, not poe-kee), a largely improvised raw fish salad that may feature soy sauce, sesame oil and green onion, is served as a starter, and here it’s being slung in the properly unpretentious manner by no less than four spots: there’s Pacific Poke on Main Street, Pokérrito on Dunsmuir and Poké Time on Robson. But it’s the Poke Guy on Richards where you can run the gamut from affordable lomi-lomi (sockeye) to the haole fave, fresh shrimp. And if you want to best approximate a short jaunt to Kona, go with the classic: two scoops of ahi with shoyu, white rice, green onions and potato salad ($13.95)—a little taste of aloha.

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The Poke Guy

420 Richards Street 778-379-8455 thepokeguy.com Hours:  Monday to Friday: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. ( or when sold out) Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (or when sold out) Closed on Sundays