735 Denman Street, Vancouver, BC, V6G 2L6
A Japanese Tapas and wine bar, Toratatsu is the latest creation from the owners of Chopstick Café Shiru-Bay.
|Cuisine Type |||Japanese, Sushi, Tapas|
|Ambiance |||Casual, Trendy|
|Meals Served |||Dinner|
|Amenities |||Full Bar, Great Wine List, Beer & Wine, Notable Chef, Wheelchair Accessible|
|Pricing |||$21 - $30|
|Payment |||Visa, Cash|
|Cross Street |||Alberni|
|Mon- Sat 6PM- 2AM|
Profile Last Updated: March 03, 2008
From its funky digs on Denman Street, Toratatsu offers the flavours of Japan— tapas-style. Intriguing dishes like spicy ebi-chili-mayo prawns, a buta shabu salad with gathered organic greens and barley-fed pork and green onion sesame ponzu fill the menu. You’ll also find the highest grade fresh sashimi and traditionally flavoured favourites like the grilled miso sablefish wrapped in wine soaked Japanese cedar. The restaurant also features a full bar and an expertly chosen wine list.
The Uno Family
Toratatsu, which literally means tiger-dragon in Japanese, is the brainchild of Executive Chef Kodai Uno. In addition to running Yaletown’s Chopstick Café Shiru Bay, Uno’s family owns over twenty successful restaurants throughout Tokyo. All the Uno owned properties promise good food, friendly staff and reasonable prices and Toratatsu offers more of the same in a relaxed lounge-style atmosphere. Uno himself visits Japan three times a year looking for ideas and inspiration to bring back to Vancouver.
Tradition with a Twist
Open for dinner only Monday to Saturday, the crowds come for the food, but also the experience. While there are some traditional Japanese touches, they come with a bit of a twist. Even the hot towel that greets you at most Japanese haunts is done with Toratatsu style as guests are surprised to see a small pill sized object placed in front of them that expands into a hot towel when doused with hot water. A unique experience, great food and a style all its own, Toratatsu has to be considered among the coolest Japanese restaurants in the city.