Buok Fresh Korean Kitchen
Taste the crunch of the carrots and there’s no denying how fresh the bibimbap at Buok Fresh Korean Kitchen is. That’s why Downtowners in the know come back again and again to build their own customized bowl. Choose your base from white rice, barley brown rice, Buddha rice, ramen noodles and sweet potato noodles. Then start adding your toppings – there are more than nine to choose from. And finally, pick your protein (chicken, pork, beef and tofu) before adding your the sauce of your liking. Not sure what to ordered? Pick from three delicious pre-designed bowls. One trip to bite of you bibimbap bowl and you’ll understand why this is Korea’s much-loved dish. 10707 100 Avenue
Ono Poke Co.
Haven’t tried poke yet? Ono Poke Co. is the real deal. Chef Lawrence Hui travelled extensively across Hawaii learning from the state’s best chefs to come up with a dozen signature bowls, such as spicy Thai salmon and Musubi tuna. 10142 104 Street
If you’ve never tried Filipino and southeast Asian cuisine Filistix is the place to start. Fill up for less with a bowl of pork adobo, considered to the national dish of the Philippines. It’s meat (usually chicken or pork) braised in vinegary flavourful sauce heaped on a bed of steaming rice. Other best best are the longsilog, a traditional Filipino dish consisting of a sweet spicy longanisa sausage and garlic fried rice topped with a fried egg. 10621 100 Avenue
Canadian quick-casual Copper Branch will satisfy committed vegans with its approachable menu that might even fool meat eaters. But make no mistake the power bowls are 100 percent plant-based. The General Copper is a hearty affair with broccoli, fresh avocado, organic brown rice, sesame seeds, sriracha coleslaw. Customize it how you want with your choice of base (organic brown rice, quinoa, Konjac noodles or lettuce) and a protein pick (organic tempeh, smoked tofu, shiitake teriyaki or carrot keftedes). 101316 Jasper Avenue