Written by Victor Yu on 09.01.18

Located next to Jean-Talon market finds Ok Poké, the newest poké shop run by Marina and Beaver Sheppard (Dinette Triple Crown, Dépanneur Pick-Up, Benthlem XXX). Their newest venture focuses on making healthier pokés with sustainability in mind. Poké originates from Hawaii, and it has gained popularity in recent years in Montreal. It is best described as a hybrid of ceviche and sashimi. Basically, it consists of marinated chunks of raw fish mixed with a variety of fresh ingredients served over rice.

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The basic poké here costs $9, served either on white or brown rice. It comes all-dressed: edamame, cucumber, pineapple, onions, rice krispies, furikake, green papaya, sesame, and coriander. You can add proteins such as shoyu tofu, Nordic shrimp, ponzu salmon, and/or fermented chili tuna. Then choose your sauces – wasabi ginger, coconut-lemongrass-turmeric, spicy szechuan, etc. A free ‘soup of the day’ comes with your order of poké.

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For a warmer option, go for congee, a type of rice porridge popular in East Asia. It is known to strengthen digestion and it is the best remedy for colds and flu. The congee here is made of rice cooked in a vegan broth for at least an hour. It is served with soy-marinated mushrooms, crispy garlic, habanero-sesame-ginger sauce, and ginger-garlic oil.

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If you love Dinette Triple Crown pies, you will find similar ones here. This is one of our favourites: pumpkin pies from Ok Poké. Here they use a Hubbard squash  – a giant pale-bluish bumpy pumpkin (shown in the background of the photo below). It provides a richer pumpkin flavour than the orange kind. And the crust is light and flaky!

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Enjoy your pie with a latté or their signature cocotto (belgian chocolate, coffee, and coconut milk).

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Ok Poké has a boutique stocked with local artisanal goods and natural products, a foodie grocery, and an art gallery of chef Beaver’s work.

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Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

75 avenue Samrock, Montreal, QC, H2S 1A5
(438) 476-3900

Photos by Victor Yu (@randomcuisine)

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