Calgary, AB – In landlocked Alberta, demand for fresh fish has been a boon for fast-casual authentic Hawaiian poke restaurant, Ono Poke Co. After being in business for only a few years, the Alberta-born chef-driven, fast-casual eatery has announced a move forward on its journey of ‘bringing poke to the prairies.’ The company’s second location is now open in Calgary’s Deerfoot City.
“When we began seeing lineups at our first location in Edmonton and were serving hundreds of poke bowls a day, we knew our fresh poke concept was really catching on. People are eager for diverse foods, and they want healthier fast options,” says founder Lawrence Hui who is a red seal chef and graduate of the NAIT culinary program.
The new location in Deerfoot City is part of the mall’s newly completed Food Lodge. The modernized food hall, is helping to redefine the traditional food court.
The menu features chef curated poke bowls – including their popular flagship menu items such as The Ono Poke and the Uncle Thom’s Poke. Customers can select various bases for bowls including furikake rice (white and brown), quinoa, and spring mix salad, along with vegetables, seasonings and protein options such as The Torched Miso Salmon Poke, the Albacore Tuna and the Spicy Thai Salmon Poke, or they can build their own bowls.
“freshness is a top priority for us along with flavour. Poke is most often eaten with hunks of raw tuna over rice and vegetables but our menu dreams up so many delicious and unique ways to serve it,” says Chef Lawrence Hui who received specialized training in Hawaii to learn how to make the state’s signature dish.
“‘Ono in Hawaiian means ‘delicious’ and that is absolutely fitting for us. Just try it for yourself,” he adds.
Ono Poke Co. Deerfoot City (901 64 Avenue NE) is located just south of Calgary International Airport and approximately 15 minutes away from Calgary’s downtown core.
Hui has high expectation for this location and is proud to see his family grow. Head Chef Vicky Ngyuyen, a NAIT graduate and long time friend, has flourished under Chef Lawrences direction. She looks forward to sharing the same level of dedication to this amazing dish as Hui has.
Join us for our grand opening celebration June 21st and 22nd 2019
Friday: BOGO 11am-7pm as well as a free small Poke 3pm to 7pm *no purchase necessary.
Saturday: BOGO 11am-7pm