Eat: Calii Love

Ah, another poké joint. Except, this place does more than poké bowls; they do smoothies and coffee too.

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Calii Love is inspired by Hawaiian food a la poké with Californian vibes. It’s all about eat good and feel good here. The chef, Joe Friday has practically brought a piece of Hawaii to Toronto after working in the island. It’s only appropriate that he knows how poké should be; it is the only place so far where I found the fish to be marinated.

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Signature pokes are named after feelings: humble, confident, hopeful… positive feelings. If you’re feeling creative, you get the build your own, which is what I did.

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Zucchini and sweet potato noodles, kimchi, cucumber, tobiko, tuna, nori and wasabi aioli. I thought the choices for the base is different, more on the health-conscious side when you have quinoa and black rice. The zucchini and sweet potato noodles gives it a nice fresh crunch. However, they put so much aioli that it was more saucy than I would prefer. Also, it’s pricey; $10.95 for a small, and it’s tiny.

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My brother got the signature Hopeful poké bowl: salmon, avocado, wakame, sweet onions, jalapeños, sriracha aioli, pickled ginger, cherry tomatoes with black rice. This was a regular size for $14.95. You do get more food with the regular size compared to the small.

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There also seemed to be some kinks that need to be worked out from communication of orders to the assembly line. My brother’s poké was remade from a small to a regular, with the content from the erroneous small dumped in the garbage. I get that there’s presentation, but I felt a little pang in my chest seeing the food go to waste.

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Overall, decent poké but for the price, it’s not quite worth it. Spacious with ample seating. Vegan and vegetarian-friendly.

Calii Love
367 King St. West
Toronto, ON
M5V 1K1

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