What’s on the menu at North Poke, a Hawaiian-style poke place that serves Spam musubi
Toronto’s newest poke shop (now open in an old Kensington Market dispensary) sets itself apart from the pack by being traditional. “Just about every other place is doing California-style poke, but we’re making the Hawaiian kind,” says North Poké owner Linda Dang. The main difference between the two approaches? Time. Hawaiian poke is marinated for at least a few hours before it’s ready, whereas California-style bowls get sauced right before they’re consumed. According to Dang, the Hawaiian take on the raw fish dish is much more flavourful. While many poke shops have gone the Chipotle route, letting customers build their own bowls, North Poke only offers already prepared recipes. Also on the menu: Hawaiaan shave ice and Spam musubi, a classic Hawaiian snack made with grilled Spam, rice and dried seaweed.
179 Baldwin St., 416-599-7653, northpoke.com