Takenaka is officially launching a food truck in Vancouver and we got a first glimpse at the vehicle and — more importantly — the grub it’ll be serving up.
Up until now, this purveyor has been operating as a delivery and pickup concept. Takenaka works out of the Coho Collective’s new state-of-the-art commissary at 1370 East Georgia Street, just off McLean Drive.
Chef-owner Shogo Takenaka (previously Kingyo Izakaya, Raisu) and Sous Chef Daiki Ishikawa have been dishing up Japanese bentos, rice bowls, and appetizers made with fresh and interesting ingredients since first launching earlier this year.
Now, it’s almost time for the truck to hit the streets with these colourful, flavourful, and eye-catching eats.
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The truck will be officially launching at the end of July, and it’s going to be all around town.
During the day from Monday to Wednesday it will be parked in Olympic Village near The Birds sculpture and Thursday and Friday you’ll find it in front of Coho Commissary during lunchtime.
When it comes to evenings, Takenaka is planning on setting up shop around some popular neighbourhood breweries like East Van Brewery, Powell Street Brewery, and Bomber Brewing to name a few.
So now that you know when and where you’ll be able to find the truck, let’s talk about the food.
It’s going to be hard to resist the Aburi Sushi and Temaki Hand Rolls once the truck’s refrigerated case is full and on display, so these offerings are a no-brainer for those looking for a quick bite or folks trying Takenaka’s food for the first time.
Takenaka will offer 10-to-15 different kinds of Temaki Sushi, including a Salmon Ikura variety made with Kinshi-Egg, Yuzu-Kosho Mayo, Atlantic Salmon, Ikura, and shredded Shiso Leaf.
In addition to easy-to-share appetizers like Chicken Karaage, Ebi Mayo, Tonkatsu, and daily features, Takenaka’s show-stopping Bento Boxes will also be up for order, and it’s one of the most Insta-worthy bites around if you ask us.
This stunning offering features nine kinds of omakase tapas from Chef Takenaka.
Other highlights on the truck’s menu to keep an eye out for include the Mini Seafood Bara Chirashi Bowl, made from sashimi cubes, snow crab, scallop, salmon roe, sweet egg omelet, radish sprouts, shiso marinated kelp, and tobiko on original sushi rice.
You can also get a full-size version of this dish, which is double the amount.
When it comes to udon, expect a changing daily special. Takenaka says Wagyu Shabu Shabu, Pork Tonkatsu Curry, and Uni and Snowcrab will all be in the rotation.
For a sweet finish, there will be options like Matcha Roll Cakes, Cheesecake, Panna Cotta, and Almond Tofu. These will be added to the truck’s offerings at a later date.
If you’re in need of a pick-me-up post-meal or a coffee for the road on Thursday and Friday during lunch, be sure to walk a few steps from the truck to Coho Coffee, because it’s never a bad time for a matcha latte.
We’ll keep you posted on an exact launch date for Takenaka’s food truck. In the meantime, you can satisfy your cravings by ordering online for pickup and delivery.
Takenaka Food Truck
Address: Location varies