10079 109 street NW, Edmonton
Earlier today I had the chance to go to Splash Poke’s grand opening! Edmonton’s first poke restaurant (with Ono Poke on 104th street coming right behind). There was a line up by 4:30PM, and by 5:00PM, it had started wrapping around the building. I decided to check it out myself, since I live so close, and ran into my friends, Victor, and Lydia, and new-found friend, Olivia.
The venue itself is relatively small, fitting only about 15-20 people at a time. You can pre-order and pick up your order. We were maybe 50th or so in line, so we had to wait a little bit, but it wasn’t too bad. The interior is pretty simple, and for ordering your food, think Subway. You can build your own, or get one of their “favourites” (which are 2-scoops of protein). Basically, you choose your base (white rice, brown rice, vermicelli, or salad), then your protein (salmon, tuna, ahi, scallop, shrimp, chicken. or tofu), sauces, mix-ins, and toppings/garnish.
I opted to go with the works, which has tuna, salmon, shoyu sauce, all the mix-ins, all the toppings, all garnishes, with splash aioli and sriracha aioli, and of course I opted to get mine with a white rice base.
Overall first impressions were just so so. Pretty decent for Edmonton, but I’ve had so much better poke in Hawaii, although what can I expect. There was a bit of disorganization with the layout of ingredients. There’s a tall glass panel that acts as a sneeze guard, but makes it impossible to communicate effectively. It was pretty loud and hard to order, and believe me, I am a loud person.
Other comments are that Victor thought the rice was way too sour (for the most part, mine was okay, but I did get some areas were it was overly sour, so inconsistent). Lydia’s salmon was really fishy. She said that she wasn’t upset with the bowl, but not too overly ecstatic about it either. And Olivia didn’t have much to say because she literally ordered the most expensive bowl possible, with all the extras, and all the proteins so she was a bit pre-occupied.
Anyways, great alternative to downtown, since there are so many options nearby. I’d definitely recommend giving this place a try. Maybe when the hype dies down a bit, and maybe when Ono Poke opens up so you have a place to compare it to if you’ve never had poke! Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area though!