Japanese tonkatsu house Saku opened in Vancouver’s West End in June 2018 to specialize in deep-fried breaded pork cutlets.
Amid the bustling ramen district, it debuted to instant popularity, drawing lineups that still continue to form outside the petite dining room on Robson near Denman.
The good news is that, one year later, they have opened up a second and larger location.
The new location is at 548 West Broadway, near Cambie Street, in the former location of Honolulu Coffee.
However, be warned that lineups are also forming at this spot, proving the restaurant definitely has struck a chord with local diners.
Katsu options (ranging from $15.50 to $19) include rosu (pork loin) or hire (pork fillet) katsu (also available with curry) or cheese (mozzarella wrapped around pork loin) katsu.
For seafood lovers, there is ebi hotate katsu (jumbo-sized prawns and scallops) or curry, and for vegetarians, there’s vegetable katsu or curry (featuring tofu and seasonal vegetables).
Special dishes include black miso katsu as well as potato croquettes.
Part of the draw is that dishes are served as a set meal, which includes tonjiru (pork miso soup), rice, and shredded cabbage—all of which is refillable.
Unlike the Robson Street spot, this location doesn't offer udon on the menu.
The Georgia Straight has contacted Saku for more information.