Torafuku Tonkatsu (Dose of Vitamin P) [CLOSED]

Japanese Food Los Angeles

In Japanese, “fuku” means “good luck” or “good fortune,” and it was indeed fortunate when TOMOSTYLE founder and friend Tomo Kurokawa continued her guided tour of L.A.’s best Japanese restaurants. This was Stop #2 for me, Tomo and Street Gourmet LA founder Bill Esparza, following a successful foray to Kiriko. Torafuku is a restaurant she’s familiar with from her home “town” of Tokyo, and Tetsuya Harikawa now owns a branch in the shadow of the Westside Pavilion, which debuted in 2004. Torafuku is perhaps best known for their rice dishes, but they offer a number of comforting alternatives, including Tonkatsu ($12).

The thick-cut Kurobuta pork cutlet appeared on a metal rack, shrouded in a thick, crispy sheathe of deep-fried panko, which locked in the premium pig’s natural juices. It appears with a savory dipping sauce that resembles motor oil but tastes much better, involving soy sauce, sugar and a host of other ingredients. On the side, we received a shredded salad topped with tangy dressing, a nice complement to a hearty dish.

Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.


Joshua Lurie

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I noticed Torafuku recently while driving by, but didn’t know if it was worth a visit. Now I know!


Torafuku is worth a visit, and the tonkatsu wasn’t even their best dish; it was just the best pork related dish during our visit.

Always pass this place, but have never gone in! Thanks for the article. I’ll have to check it out next time.

I’ve been looking for a place with good Tonkatsu. Its not too close but not too far from me. I’ll definitely have to check out this place when I’m near west LA

i haven’t had a good tonkatsu (at least when dining out) in a looooong time. must be great with their signature stone pot rice…

Glad to see Torafuku getting some attention. That place never seems to be that busy whenever I go, but it’s a go-to place for us so I hope it stays in business. Did you try their tamagoyaki?


The tamagoyaki will have to wait until next time. Is that your favorite dish?

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