Nanaimo finally got a dedicated Poke Bowl restaurant! It opened just earlier this week. When we heard about it we knew we would have to try it out ASAP! Poke when done right is super delicious with fresh ingredients.
Poke traditionally has raw fish, but does not need to have it if you aren’t into that sort of things. At Poke Page they give you the option to BYOB (build your own bowl) or pick from a selection of six already created options.
If you do BYOB it is a four step process:
Step 1: Pick Your Base & Size
There are two sizes regular $14 or large $17. The size will factor in to the number of protein and mix in choices you can select before there is an additional charge. Some add ons are an additional charge regardless.
Base options include: white rice, brown rice, sushi rice, mixed, and greens. Mixed is not settling on just one of the bases. Justin did a mix of brown and white rice with his Honolulu Dream bowl today.
Step 2: Pick Your Protein
Based on the size of your bowl you can pick 2 proteins for a regular and 3 for a large.
Protein potions include: salmon (regular, marinated, or spicy), tuna (regular, marinated, or spicy), ahi tuna, bbq eel, real crab, scallops, smoked salmon, tofu, tako (octopus), and shrimp.
Step 3: Pick Your Mix In
Based on the size of your bowl you can pick 5 mix ins for a regular and 6 for a large.
Mix ins include: cucumber, carrot, onion, wakame (seaweed), crabmeat, corn, shitake mushroom, cabbage, spinach, jalapeño, tamago (egg), masago (capelin roe), tomato, tobiko (flying fish roe), kale, oshinko, kimchi, pineapple, edamame, bell pepper, ramen egg (+$1), and avocado (+$2).
Step 4: Pick Your Sauce & Topping
Sauces include: garlic umami, spicy mayo, miso aioli, unagi sauce, spicy chojang, and ponzu.
Toppings include: nori flake, crunch, furikake (nori & sesame seed mix), and green onion.
We both decided to try the Honolulu Dream bowl and added masago. The Honolulu Dream consists of: marinated salmon, ahi tuna, crabmeat, cucumber, avocado, carrot, tamago, green onion, furikake, spicy mayo, unagi sauce, and sesame seeds. The cost of this poke bowl is $15.
The poke bowls were delicious! We will definitely be going back to try the other predetermined options as well as making our own. Everything tasted fresh with bold flavours. The greens were crunchy, the rice was warm, and the veggies were crisp. There are labels so that it is easy to see the different options when adding to or creating your own poke bowl.
We did not try any of their beverages or ice creams. I do want to try their smoothies eventually as I like coconut jellies and not everywhere has those. Will review hopefully on our next trip to Poke Page.
The restaurant is clean and has glass between customers and the food area. Employees were wearing masks as per Covid regulations. There was an in door and an out door so that people would not be crossing paths while entering or leaving the establishment.
508-6581 Aulds Road
Nanaimo, BC V9T 6J6
Monday – Saturday 11a.m. – 8p.m.