Torafuku makes enRoute’s 2016 Best Restaurants in Canada list and returns this fall with a new menu that’s as playful as it is flavorful.
Hot on the heels of a coveted 2016 Best Restaurants in Canada nomination by enRoute magazine, Torafuku has come up with a new fall menu that showcases Chef Clement Chan’s skills and love of Asian cuisine.
Sitting pretty on Main Street, Torafuku, which means lucky tiger in Japanese, debuted in summer 2015 and quickly became a favorite with lovers of both clean, minimalist interiors and flavorful Asian dishes meant to be shared. “What a journey it has been this past year,” says Chan, Torafuku chef and co-owner. “When Steve (Kuan) and I opened Torafuku last summer, all we wanted to do was bring playful and elevated modern-Asian food to the city. This nomination from enRoute is definitely icing on the cake, and we couldn’t be more proud.”
Not ones to rest on their laurels, Chan and his team have come up with a handful of new dishes that showcase the best of BC’s autumn bounty, sourced from local farmer’s markets and producers.
Here are a few we Like.
The World is Your Oyster is Chan’s take on the oyster motoyaki with shallot and ginger salsa, crispy tempura bites, and bonito flakes. It comes in a tiny glass container and when you unscrew and open the top a teensy bit of smoke billows out. Heaven in a jar.
Hickory smoked corn on the cob, miso butter, togorashi, and popcorn. If any dish on Torafuku’s new fall menu can give you a food-gasm, it’s Miso Corny.
So you got some dietary restrictions and shit? No worries, Torafuku’s got you covered with this kale salad mixed with gem tomatoes, Jinhua ham, and shaved parm. It comes lathered in an anchovy buttermilk dressing, which we found a bit too heavy. But we loved the crispy quinoa. This is the kind of dish a bunny could dig its big teeth into. We used a fork, cuz we cool like that.
Uni Corn is a housemade fettuccine, green uni, okanagan corn, sorrel, sungold tomatoes, and velouté. This dish packs a punch and can start and end your meal. You won’t leave hungry.
Go sample the fall menu now and make sure to cast your vote through EnRoute’s Eat & Vote campaign until September 30, 2016. The winner will be crowned people’s choice and will have the opportunity to attend the awards ceremony in Toronto.
File under: New fall menu
Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner, 5:30 pm till late.
Photos: Allison Kuhl, Celeste Moure