The owners of the popular Le Tigre food truck have opened their new restaurant, Torafuku, at 958 Main Street.
This Friday (July 24) is the official grand opening of the 48-seat modern Asian restaurant.
Torafuku means "lucky tiger" in Japanese, and the restaurant's dishes will play on flavours traditionally found in Japanese, Taiwanese, Korean, and Vietnamese cuisines.
Chef Clement Chan and co-owner Steve Kuan are focusing on seasonal ingredients and aim to put local products on every plate.
The menu is designed for sharing with dishes from $8 to $15 each. These include ramen with braised duck leg, bean sprouts, tonkotsu broth, and a fried egg; "dirty birdy" fried rice with chicken liver, prawns, tofu, chili, egg, and brown rice; chicken wings with a rye and gochujang marinade, and a veggie risotto with mushrooms and a 64.5-degree egg.
It also boasts calamari "done the right way" made with Humboldt squid, onion, tomato, lychee, arugula, and sweet chili dressing. (If that means fried to glorious perfection like Le Tigre's Fricken Chicken, this dish is a good bet.)
Max Borrowman, formerly of Fairmont Pacific Rim, heads the bar. Drinks include the Spiced Watermelon Margarita, Gold Buttered Rum, and monsoon and typhoon-inspired A Storm is A’Brewing.
Scott and Scott Architectss—who also designed Kin Kao on Commercial Drive—are behind the minamalist room.
The back of the restaurant houses a commissary and the Le Tigre food truck, along with other food vendors. Clement has said that he eventually plans to give customers the option of ordering items from the food truck in addition to Torafuku’s menu. Further down the line, he hopes the food carts will open at lunch.
Torafuku is open from Tuesday to Sunday for dinner, starting at 5:30 p.m. The restaurant does not accept reservations.