Torafuku

All photos by Leila Kwok

DETAILS

Hours

Wednesday – Sunday | 5:30pm – Close

GALLERY

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THE PEOPLE

Steve Kuan, Chef/Owner
Sous Chef, Jace Yun
Bartender, Wade Chou

ABOUT TORAFUKU


Meaning “lucky tiger” in Japanese, Torafuku is nestled on the border of Vancouver’s historic Chinatown at 958 Main Street, offering elevated Asian cuisine by Le Tigre food truck owner Steve Kuan. Designed for sharing, the casual and inventive menu explores the borders of pan-Asian food with classical French and Italian influences. Dishes are playful in spirit and serious in execution, delivering vibrant interpretations of flavours traditionally found in Japanese, Taiwanese, Korean, and Vietnamese cuisine. Every plate features seasonal ingredients sourced from the Farmers Market.

Steve designed a cocktail menu that is inspired by the Western classics with an Asian roots flavour profile. Wine and craft beers are carefully selected from local BC; sake and Whiskeys are complements to the Pan Asian flavours in each dish.

The 2,200 square feet, 50-seat restaurant is designed by local architects, Scott & Scott. The space features an open kitchen, a long communal concrete table, booth seating, and uses raw and utilitarian materials designed to wear-in with use.

ACCOLADES

“Spirited Torafuku kicks ass in Vancouver…As at the pair’s mobile kitchen, there’s not a bland morsel to be found here. Rather, creative dishes burst with character and flavour.” – Gail Johnson, Georgia Straight

“When owners of popular truck Le Tigre opened Torafuku, fans jumped (or rather, sat down) at the chance to eat chef Clement Chan’s take on Asian street food in an actual restaurant. Bold and colorful dishes… are served in a minimalist room styled in concrete, leather, and felt.” – Celeste Moure, Condé Nast Traveler

“Torafuku is the kind of place I’d take any visitor to Vancouver. It’s the right blend of explosive and calm, homey and refined, local and boldly everywhere.” – Timothy Taylor, Vancouver Magazine

“The stripped-down aesthetic allows the modern Asian dishes – a mash-up of Chan’s classical training and love of East and South-East Asian fare – to shine.” – David Paw, Wallpaper* Magazine

“Asian flair with a ‘pow’ factor. Well-known chef presents memorable dishes at new Main Street hot spot.” – Mia Stainsby, Vancouver Sun

“Even though Torafuku means “lucky tiger” in Japanese, it doesn’t seem like it’s luck they need, as locals are loving this latest venture…Torafuku’s pan-Asian cuisine, fantastic cocktails, and sleek space make for a great night out.” – Natasha John, USA Today 10 Best

“Clement Chan and Steve Kuan bring the bombastic Asian-inflected cooking of their Le Tigre food truck into a brick-and-mortar location on the edge of Chinatown. The setting is chic and minimalist; the cooking is scrappy and maximalist.” – enRoute Magazine | Canada’s Best New Restaurants