The Poké Shop

  Given that we couldn't get our proper fill of calories at the Gluten-free Expo, we resorted to eating elsewhere for lunch (one cannot subsist off of samples alone.)

  Having tried two poké shops in the past month alone (The Poké Guy and Poké Time) I was keen on seeing how the Poké Shop would stack up.

  Our last attempt at coming here was foiled in that they were closed for the day (despite it being a Saturday.) We held our breathe as we made the short walk from Canada Place, pleading that they would be open (we weren't feeling brunch that day.)

  One thing that was readily apparent was that they seemed to be quite stingy with their proteins (compared to the Poké Guy) and made up for that fact by piling your bowl with filler ingredients (in the form of carb-heavy rice and unlimited toppings.) We found the fish at the Poké Guy to be better marinated, but appreciated their usage of organic ingredients (in the form of organic 12 grain purple rice, organic mixed greens, and organic grilled chicken.) I be all about dat organic lyfe yo!

Super Large Bowl - 3 Proteins $15.95
Unagi, Wild Sockeye Salmon, Ahi Tuna, Tobiko, Imitation Crab, Corn, Garlic Chips, 
12 Grain Organic Purple Rice, Wasabi Mayo
Jeremy's Rating: 3/5 stars

  Jeremy was impressed upon initial consumption (hunger must have clouded his thinking) but his enthusiasm wavered when I inquired about the poke a few days later. "How many stars would you rate it?"

"3 out of 5."

"Didn't you say you liked it better than the Poké Guy?"

"Looking back, the Poké Shop was just okay."

  Nonetheless, he fancied the unagi, as it was characteristically sweet and buttery. The wasabi mayo wasn't all that bad either, in that it was creamy and spiked with some heat. I found it interesting how he preferred the plain rice to the seasoned vinegar rice at other poké shops.

Super Large Bowl - 3 Proteins $15.95
Ahi Tuna, Wild Sockeye Salmon, Grilled Organic Chicken, Organic Mixed Greens, Watermelon, Fried Onions, Corn, Seaweed, Half Japonica White Rice/12 Grain Organic Purple Rice, No Sauce

3.5/5 stars

  I was satisfied with my bowl, as evidenced by the fact that I polished off 90% of it (I only left a few spoonfuls of white rice. I wouldn't have left it if it hadn't been for the fact that I had eaten all of the toppings.)

  Whilst Jeremy shunned the organic mixed greens, I opted for a generous serving, with some organic grilled chicken to boot. I also ate my poke sans sauce (not going to get healthier than that!) For an interesting mix, I incorporated some watermelon bits, which made my poke decidingly fresh tasting.

Iced Matcha Green Tea w/ Honey $3.50
4/5 stars

  My refreshment of choice was the iced matcha green tea, and it was good in that the honey was apparent and purposely sweet. Green tea is always effective in appeasing me of my thirst.

 3 Berry & Lemon Soda $3.50
Jeremy's Rating: 2.5/5 stars

  The lemon soda was good in the generic sense, with hits of blueberry and lemon. We appreciated the the bits of fruit, as it made us feel like we got more of our money's worth.

Fill to your heart's content; unlimited toppings!

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