Torafuku

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CAN$30 and under
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Pan-Asian
Nestled on the border of historic Chinatown, Torafuku invites you to experience simple, yet adventurous interpretations of pan Asian flavours. Explore contemporary dishes crafted with local ingredients sourced from local farms complemented by carefully selected wines, local craft beers, and a fashionable cocktail list. Diners are encouraged to enjoy innovative, yet affordable shared plates where east meets west, in a dynamic open concept space.

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Sun - Thu 5:30PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 9:30PM
Fri - Sat 5:30PM - 5:45PM 9:15PM - 10:00PM

What 148 People Are Saying
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Vancouver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the 10 course tasting menu. It was worth it and given how hungry we were it was perfect. If you’re not starving then the 7 course tasting menu is a better option. Our favourite is the Wagu beef, fried vegetables and tender steak.

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CM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, tasty cocktails, excellent service, I'll definitely go again when the need arises for a delicious high end Japanese eating out experience. There's not much else to say when something is done right, it's done right.

I only have one complaint. I wish they did their branding on the take out bags differently. Certainly this isn't the kind of place that necessitates doggie bags, but this was a special need. What was wrong? There was a large ink blob on the corner of the logo which left an inky mess on my date's fingers and mine when we held the bag going home. Why even have the logo on the bag? It seems unnecessary. I know where I just went. The food is tasty enough I won't need the bag for long. Though, thankfully, the bag and the food box were all compostable. So, kudos for that.

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OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice place to chill except i find the food a bit cold and roll have quite alot of source...overall experience good. Service good

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L
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

I had dined in this restaurant a few times before. Food was delicious. I hv not been there for a yr. Now half of the menu is deep fry. Most of the food r salty. This restaurant is out of my dining list.

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A
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

service was outstanding, martinis just right, food was delicious, fresh tasting, calamari with just a hint of breading, steak tataki unusual but excellent flavor and texture, absolutely a repeat!

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LW
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was just okay. We had much higher expectations having heard such great things about the restaurant.

Ambience was very loud - especially sitting next to a couple of woman that talked our ears off.

Overall, quite disappointing - probably won't go back unfortunately...

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TK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Everything we ate was beautifully presented and tasted delicious. The flavours were so distinct. The tasting menu was perfect to try different options.

I like a bit more visits from service staff. I would have liked an offer of a second drink and some of our plates to be cleared quicker.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Torafuku never disappoints!!

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AF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I absolutely love the food at Torafuku. It's a little pricey but it's a worthwhile treat! I'd highly recommend going. So many delicious items! Service is pretty darn good too. We'll be back for sure!

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F
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Great service and deliciously creative food, decor & plates. I'd come back just for the "every day I'm brusselin" brussel sprouts & green Lamborghini! Nice big bathrooms too!! Thank you for hosting us

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BC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great. Angry Tiger Balls and the wagu beef were my faves. Cocktails were nice too.
Will be back.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was ok - good. Thought there would be more depths in the flavours but that was not the case.

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OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff and very tasty food

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was celebrating both my parents’ birthdays - all of us were dining for the very first time. Torafuku did not disappoint! From the attentive service to the amazingly flavourful dishes, I had a great experience there. Plus, when dessert was brought out (candles and all), the restaurant suddenly got louder with 50 Cent’s iconic “In Da Club” for 30 seconds commemorating the birthdays we were celebrating. Will definitely be back!

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R
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Definitely designed for family style sharing..food was flavorful and unique (in a good way)

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great start to finish, nice touch with 50 cent in da club 😜

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OT
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

Had dinner here with a GF and we were really looking forward to a fabulous evening!
Well let’s start... Seevice was terrible!! Really awful. Unfortunately the staff at the restaurant don’t quite comprehend what it means to make sure your customers happy and customer service! Didn’t ask us how our meal was, waited 40mins for one of our main dishes even through we inquired x3 about the dish and the waitress didn’t wipe down our table after our meal was done!
Lack of attentive service and just lack of customer service in a restaurant.

But the meal was lovely: kale, Brussel sprouts, large prawns and the veggie dumplings. The calamari/squid was terrible as they serve you deep fried batter! And the worst dish and biggest rip off was their pieces of ‘brioche’ with various toppings. First off, it was the tiniest piece of white toasted bread and not brioche and we chose avocado with tomatoes... I think this tiny, piece (2cmx1cm) square piece of bread fit maybe a 1/3tsp of avocado and 1/4tsp of tomatoes... for a whopping $3/piece!!! Huge rip off!!!

Cocktail : green Lamborghini was fabulous!!

Value for meal: $$$; pricey and honestly the if you take the whole meal plus service and ‘false advertising’ of the brioche on the menu...I would say this place is pricey and won’t go back!! Doubt this place will survive as a business.

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DM
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Need to bring back some of the older dishes like the mushrooms with rice rolls.

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved the delicious offerings!

Left feeling a little hungry after splitting five appetizers and a large noodle dish with a table of four. Maybe we needed to order a little more?

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CF
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was great and service was attentive and quick. Overall enjoyed the meal.

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HP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Like always, even if the bill is a bit steep, the food at Torafuku is awesome! You can feel that there is real work and care to serve tasty food and complex textures.
The waitress was really nice, helpful, not too intrusive.
I highly appreciated that the level of noise was not too heavy, unlike a lots of places in Vancouver, so I was able to talk freely with my partner.
The only remark I would have to point out to Torafuku is the ambiance of the restaurant that could be better. I understand the style of the place is minimalist, but it feels really cold. I think the stripped down mood could be there without the austerity part. Fortunately the lighting is subdued but the choice of the few decoratives item is strange. I am not sure if it's actually a choice or if it's just a way to dull the resonnance of the room, but there was a big ugly panel hung on the wall that looked like dusty asbestos half wrapped with tarp...

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AC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service are all excellent. The accoustics are at the high end of the decibel scale. so, conversation with your companion(s) is challenging.

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SK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting food, we wanted to move tables and it was immediately accommodated. Friendly service from staff. Will definitely come again.

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HM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing and a great value for what you get! Drink service was really slow and we would have liked to had a drink while we waited for our food but it all came out at the same time. However, we didn’t eat much of one dish because it wasn’t too great and they took it off our bill! We didn’t even complain about they just asked us how come we didn’t eat very much of it. They really care about the service and the customer experience.

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OT
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails, attentive & friendly service and very creative & delicious food. Favourite dishes were the beef tataki, anything on a stick, and the dragon balls. Cool interior too with a good vibe.

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DC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great vibe, great food, friendly and accomodating staff.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was pretty bad.. I know it was Valentine’s Day and busy but no one came to talk to us for a long time, no one explained the menu. It was our first time there. No one asked how our food was and if we wanted to order another drink or dessert. The couple next to us ordered immediately despite us being seated for a good 5-10 minutes before them. They forgot our dumplings and then we tried to cancel they said no it’s coming, long story short they never came and then we asked for the bill with not much apology. We were not the only ones waiting around for service either. Food is average. Skewers were cold when they arrived. Overpriced. If this is on your list to try...hopefully it’s a long list.

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a
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The saving grace was that the price is right, many cheap shareplates to choose from. We are vegetarian and ordered the veggie dumplings...pork dumplings came after they'd been announced as veggie - not a nice surprise to bite into. Also, the waiter really didn't seem to care. On top of that, the veggie dumplings weren't hot when they did finally arrive.
We were seated at the long communal table, which isn't really ideal when you want to share 4 or 5 dishes, there just isn't enough room. And we were extra cramped with all the dirty dishes that sat in front of us for the remainder of the meal.
Its too bad about the service because the food is really tasty and interesting, and the flavours are layered very well.

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JY
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Torafuku is underrated. This place is the best. It's the secret gem

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N
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Came while dine out Vancouver was on and they couldn’t serve us any vegan dishes that were normally on the menu

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H
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Torafuku has an innovative menu and amazing cocktails. The service was on point. Everything on every plate was purposeful, delicious and visually stunning.

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CM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

First time at Torafuku and Dineout experience was incredibly disappointing.

In our group, two of us were vegetarian and the descriptions of the menu options looked amazing. Unfortunately their flare for writing did not translate into their dishes. We paid well over 150$ for 2ppl to eat a plate of raw green beans covered in mayo and half a raw red cabbage, covered in mayo with puffed rice on top! It wasn't even warmed....just cold raw cabbage, covered in mayonnaise. We were shocked and laughed thinking there must have been a mistake, but when it became clear this is what they had intended to serve us, we just felt insulted. I don't care if as a vegetarian I can't be accommodated everywhere and had I known this is what was going to happen, I would have gladly chosen another restaurant. It's been three weeks since we had this meal and I am still angry about the money we wasted. The chef must have been laughing from the kitchen at us suckers who paid 150$+for raw cabbage, green beans and mayo.

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SP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They dont scrimp on the ingredients especially the meat. 45 bucks for the dine out menu was super worth it.

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m
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing! We ordered 4 Dineout sets for the 3 of us and they were all delicious!

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L
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was very interesting, but different from what we expected. We ordered from the dine out menu so the meal was very random and did not pair together well from one course to the next.

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R
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a delicious meal for great value during dine out! Went for lunch with my friend and thoroughly enjoyed it!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dine out last week, food was amazing!! We didn’t wait long and it was the perfect amount. Definitely will be back to try out the menu.

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EG
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Fairly disappointed in our Dine Out experience.

We ordered all of the vegetarian options after clarifying that scallops were not, in fact, vegetarian!, but were surprised to find that the two middle courses (Not a Has Bean and A Wedgie) were basically raw veggies tossed in mayo. The Bean dish was meant to have a mustard seed vinaigrette, but was dressed in mayo for some reason. So not only were the veggies tough to eat, they both were overdressed in unflavourful mayo.

The main course - ravioli - was over cooked to the point that the filling was spilling out.

The cocktails were good.

Our total for two dine out meals and two cocktails and tip was $150+. We felt like we didn’t get our money’s worth.

I loved my meal and experience at Torafuku previously, but won’t be back for Dine Out.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks here are always solid, as is the ambiance. The Dine Out menu selections were not necessarily their best offerings but were still great nonetheless. We went with the duck salad, chicken wings, tiger balls, and beef entree. The stand out dishes for us were the tiger balls and the mango panna cotta dessert. Will definitely be back (just maybe not for Dine Out).

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AA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service was not good - waited outside until very last minute of reservation time and then server said I cannot seat at a table because I'm bu myself (friend was sick) - so she offered to put me into the most uncomfortable spot, next to cashier and kitchen. Also both servers were not paying attention, did their best not to smile or be nice, formally attentive and eager to kick you out and get some new customers. The quality of food - nothing impressive or worth mentioning. Just wondering: why would you open your business to Dine Out for lunch when you're not trying to appeal to customers or make a good impression?! Felt like everyone is there to formally fill up and be out right away.... Would NOT recommend it to folks interested in trying out new places!!!

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