Steve’s Poke Bar is set to open in Abbotsford later this month. (Facebook)

Steve’s Poke Bar is set to open in Abbotsford later this month. (Facebook)

Steve’s Poke Bar opening in Abbotsford later this month

Hawaiian inspired cuisine arriving at West Oaks shopping mall in September

Abbotsford will soon be getting a taste of Native Hawaiian cuisine close to home.

Steve’s Poke Bar management confirmed to a reader of The News that the anticipated West Oaks location will be opening at the end of this month.

The restaurant spokesperson advised the reader to follow the company on Instagram for further updates.

For those unaware, traditional Hawaiian poke consists of sashimi (raw fish) and variations in North America may include avocado, ponzu sauce, teriyaki sauce, mushrooms, crispy onions, pickled jalapeño, sriracha sauce, cilantro, pineapple, or cucumber.

Steve’s Poke Bar serves a variety of bases, different seafood, flavours and toppings. Customers can choose from seven signature bowls or build their own. There are also vegetarian options available.

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"The dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately." -@lorigreinershark 📸 We dreamt three years ago that we would feed all of the Lower Mainland with all of our Aloha. Three years later, the hustle is what got us to bring that dream to a reality. We're that crazy family with amazingly loyal leaders who's also grinding hard with us and experiencing our crazy growing pains, holding the fort down while we developed our systems so we can give franchisees who join the family, all the tools needed to spread Aloha with us. If you have always been an avid fan of our poké and have thought about being in business for yourself, but not by yourself, email us! We have locations open and available now! . . . #stevespokebar #stevespokebarfranchise #franchise #franchiseopportunity #canadianfranchise #franchisewithus #ohanameansfamily #spreadaloha #dreambig #hustlehard #surreyeats #langleyeats #coquitlameats #burnabyeats #yelpvancouver #yelptop10canada #pokebowls #pokefranchise

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The company opened its first location in 2017, and now has locations in Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Surrey and Langley.

According to the company’s website, Steve’s Poke Bar was born when Steve and his wife Camy, wanted to share their love of Hawaiian poke with fellow Vancouverites. Their love story began in Hawaii in 2010. Prior to that trip, Camy did not eat raw fish because of an embarrassing childhood experience. Steve wanted to introduce Camy to the local Hawaiian lifestyle, including poke – the must-try Hawaiian staple, which was their first stop off the plane. From that moment, Camy not only started eating raw fish again, but loving and craving poke.

Steve wanted to preserve the method and traditional way of serving authentic Hawaiian poke, the way he grew up with poke, with the option of adding various toppings to complete a healthy meal.

An exact opening date has not yet been confirmed.