Pokey Okey is Central Richmond’s (and now Central Burnaby’s) first poke shop. We all love poke here and felt the struggle of not being able to get a quick and clean bite close to home. We recognized that this was a perfect chance to realize our dreams of opening a restaurant. After Richmond did “okey”, we decided to go for broke and try Burnaby as well!
We at Pokey Okey believe that take-out can be both delicious and nutritious, so here’s “a fresh take” on poke!
Using high quality ingredients, our three signature Pokey Bowls are inspired by cuisine types that Greater Vancouver residents already love. The creativity and experimentation doesn’t stop there either, as more original bowls are being released all the time!
Japanese influenced, featuring ingredients such as Wasabi Peas and wakame (seaweed) salad. This blend of ingredients appeals to more conservative pallets, creating a distinctly Japanese flavour profile.
A nod to poke’s Hawaiian roots. There are various sweet and tangy ingredients in this dish, with the highlight being the Pineapple Salsa. Though raw fruit is fairly common in poke bowls, creating a salsa allows the flavours to blend seamlessly with the rest of the bowl.
Designed for customers who love heat. The marinades for the seafood ingredients are spicy and Kimchi is a defining element in the bowl. It is topped off with special Spicy Mayo which adds an element of creaminess to balance out the spice.
Who said that eating clean couldn’t be satisfying? This low-carb bowl gives you a healthy dose of protein and veggies in a surprisingly hearty bowl. The medium size comes in at less than 350 calories with over 26 grams of protein and almost zero carbs. Keto friendly.
Sometimes simple is best. This is exactly like your favourite sushi roll, just in bowl form.
Our take on gyudon, a Japanese comfort food classic. Loaded with simmered beef, this is the perfect choice if you feel like something meaty!
For those who are up for it, there are over a hundred thousand possible combinations of poke to cater to your unique tastes, with our Build-A-Bowl option.
Get creative yourself and design your own special Pokey Bowl!
Pokey Okey started as a partnership between two middle school friends, Victor (middle) and Jonathan (right). The Pokey family grew when they found Keni (left) and he ended up getting dragged along for the ride!
Jonathan is a graduate of the International Business and Economics program at Tokyo’s Sophia University. Following graduation, he returned to Vancouver to work with a Japanese food supplier where he learned about the inner workings of the local seafood market.
Victor is an alumnus of Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver, where he discovered his passion for cooking. He worked in various restaurants locally before migrating to Asia to explore different culinary styles. He spent two years in Seoul’s fast-paced restaurant environment before moving on to Shanghai, where he was able to work under “The Demon Chef” Alvin Leung at a Michelin Star establishment.
Keni is a renaissance man, having a background in interior design and store development for a large corporation. Deciding that corporate wasn’t for him, he pivoted toward the restaurant business and completed the culinary program at VCC. His experience now makes him an invaluable asset to the Pokey Okey Team.