The latest foodie trend in Montreal are traditional poke bowls which is a Hawaiian method of seafood preparation. Similar to deconstructed sushi bowls, poke bowls are customarily filled with raw fish in a soy sauce marinade with vegetables and rice. Now trending in Los Angeles, it has inched its way to Montreal and become popular amongst the healthy eating hipster 20-something year olds.
Le Poké Bar is on Crescent Street in downtown Montreal and is more of a lunch counter for students, the office lunch crowd, and those shopping around the area. You can order amongst their signature poke bowls or you can create your own. Diva #1 and Whitey love to escape the office and go on a nice leisurely lunch, when we heard about Le Poké Bar we were intrigued by something new and healthy that wasn’t boring!
To optimize freshness they construct your poke bowl right it in front of you. You can even take it to go as we did! Some of their signature bowls included the Maui bowl with salmon, mango, avocado, onions and lettuce, or the Mahalo bowl with tuna, avocado, kale, edamame, onions and pumpkin seeds. Le Poké Bar also has vegan options for those so inclined, your poke bowl can be made up of just veggies or you can add some tofu. If raw seafood isn’t your thing, they even have a poke bowl with teriyaki chicken.
All the poke bowls range from 12.99$ to 15.99$ depending on your protein and they allow you to add and substitute ingredients as you see fit. Your base can be either white rice, brown rice, vermicelli or couscous. Whitey had white rice and Diva #1 tried the vermicelli so we had a taste of both worlds!
Diva #1 opted for the salmon as her protein but other options included tuna, shrimp, chicken or smoked tofu. Sauces included either the classic sauce, which is a soya sauce with sesame oil, but there were other options like their spicy mayo, teriyaki sauce and a yuzu miso sauce. We opted for the classic sauce which they recommended to us, and Le Poké Bar put enough to coat the vermicelli noodles underneath the fresh ingredients.
Besides the raw salmon, Diva #1 added seaweed salad, coriander, avocado, edamame beans, wasabi peas, mango and sesame seeds to her vermicelli poke bowl. They didn’t skimp out on any of the ingredients! Bursting with freshness it made for a great lunch on a hot summer day. Whitey went vegan and ordered the kale, seaweed salad, green onions, cucumbers and mango poke bowl on a bed of white rice. Both poke bowls were delicious, we loved the combination of fruit and raw fish. Although we’ll leave the vegan options to picky Whitey!
If you work or go to school in downtown Montreal, or perhaps you’re doing some shopping, definitely stop by Le Poké Bar’s counter for a refreshing lunch that’s both healthy and delicious. We’ll definitely be back!
Our Rating: Splendid