a not-your-average asian diner. but then again, torafuku was never conceptualized to be one. situated on the edge of vancouver's lively chinatown district, it presents an elongated space in which concrete plays a key part. the material literally anchors the design by scott & scott architects, as is evident by the flooring, a cast communal table and kitchen bar. but that's so far as the boldness of the aesthetic goes since most other additions exude a balancing refinement. the benches, tables, a strikingly sleek linear pendant lighting and hardware were all specifically produced by the architect’s studio for the project, using range grade harness leather, canvas trucking tarpaulin and red oxide shop primer painted metal work. the wall-mounted panels, made from quilted cargo pad and denim cotton, may look as matching understated wall decoration, they're actually functional in the first place, regulating the overall acoustics. led by steve kuan and clement chan, two hospitality entrepreneurs who initially made a name for themselves with an award-winning food truck, torafuku demonstrates the duo's bigger aspirations in the hospitality field. so, what's cooking? more of the good stuff that locals have come to appreciate at the food truck. the menu has drastically been expanded, featuring traditional pan-asian dishes, but tweaked in a contemporary way by using locally sourced seasonal ingredients, sustainable seafood and organic meats. location: 958 main street [chinatown].