If poke is your jam, then you are gonna want to make your way to the Drive where Poke Five is going to set your heart on fire. That is, right after they set your fish on fire with their uniquely flame seared Signature Bowls.
Full Disclosure is the only way I want to live my life so two things:
1.) I don’t really “GET” poke because why wouldn’t I just eat sushi if I want raw fish and rice.
2.) This poke was given to us for free by the kind people behind Poke Five as part of a tasting.
That being said, while I cannot fully commit to the bowl and jump on that poke bandwagon, I can appreciate why poke has taken the people by storm. In all of its fresh and healthy glory and build your own bowl to suit your individual needs mentality, everyone leaves happy.
It must be some sort of unwritten rule somewhere that anyone who works in a poke bar must be especially bubbly and chipper with the type of patience I thought impossible because I have never encountered a poke bar staff that hasn’t fit this mould.
Two signature bowls for us today – The Drive and Akuma Tuna (which bee tee dubs, won 3rd place in Best Poke Challenge). Flame seared is new to me but I am here for it because that sear really brings out the flavour in the fish, especially when it comes to The Drive.
Both priced at $14.50, The Drive was my top contender with generous portions of aburi salmon, shrimp, crab, and then a plethora of toppings like edamame, avocado, cucumber, radish, masago, wakame, jalapeno, and teri-mayo sauce.
Akuma Tuna was the only Sig Bowl with a Shoyu Egg so there was no question – this was a bowl we were getting. Also delicious with plenty of ahi tuna, kimchi, avo, tobiko, masago, and sweetness from the perfectly cooked and chilled soft boiled shoyu egg, this came second to The Drive.
So many toppings, and one might even go as far as to say too many toppings, but I obviously had to add three more of the free toppings because she offiered and I hate saying no. Fried shallots, nori, and Sriracha peas on both and I’m going to maintain that they were a nice touch even if I can’t tell one ingredient from another once everything’s said and done and the entire bowl is one happy family.
Don’t forget about smoothies and who could forget about them because who woulda thought that they actually pair very nicely together with a poke bowl.
Acai Berry Blast ($5) was calling my name with its mix of acai, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, and pomegranate that is right up my alley but colour me shocked when Tropical Kale ($5) was my golden ticket with its magical medley of pineapple, mango, and apple.
Classically PNW – would I return again?
By now you know my feelings on poke but if ever I find myself in want of a beautiful poke bowl filled to brimming with fresh toppings – this is the top contender, my number one.
Listen to my advice though because I think it’s worthwhile – order The Drive, add a Shoyu Egg, and then split with another person because one bowl is too much to finish on your own and then two can dine for less than $20 and if you’re saving money, you’re making money.