Monday, May 20, 2013

Tujo @ Ascott Kuala Lumpur

Seven's luckier than ever: Replacing Ascott's 7atenine, Tujo heralds a triumphant revamp of this venue, now branded a "bar-serrie" where customers can "eat, play & live."

It's been seven years since 7atenine first became a landmark in the city's nerve center; this space has since seen multiple face-lifts, but this name change & refurbishment constitute the sleekest polishing so far of the Soul Society Group's crown jewel.

Lit with Modo chandeliers, Tujo looks impressively even lovelier than 7atenine, thanks to the prowess of Poole Associates, which says that simple-but-stylish Danish designs of the 1960s inspired this vision of a comfortable metropolitan hangout.

Tujo's cuisine forges further with the East-meets-West playful flamboyance for which 7atenine became beloved. Patrons will have plenty of fun sharing this Chicken "Stinger" Satay, partnered with pineapple salsa, nuts & spicy shrimp paste for a sauce reminiscent of rojak.

Venison rolls (RM28++), a perilously addictive snack featuring minced deer meat marinated in fiery Indian spices & wrapped up in warm, fresh chapati bread.

Tujo's mushroom soup (RM18++) purees seven types of edible fungi, including enoki, shimeji, shiitake, oyster & button, topped with hot milk froth.

Liver terrine (RM23++), a fine, flavorsome blend of foie gras & chicken liver, mixed with sultanas & chives to impart extra texture.

Tujo's pizzas boast a twist: the crispy-thin crust is infused with either spinach or squid ink, then topped with the likes of more spinach & the runniest of eggs (RM25++).

Beef bourguignon (RM30++), an aromatic stew with braised grass-fed meat & shallot confit. 

Grilled seafood, steaks, lamb & chicken are a cornerstone of Tujo's menu. The affably efficient service team will probably push the lobster (RM160++ for 500 grams), rubbed with the customer's choice of Montreal salt, herb butter glaze or coriander lemongrass.

The top dessert's the salted caramel tart, hot & sticky-crumbly with apples, guava & dragon fruit (RM20++), coupled with Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream.

Tujo's cocktails are fun too: note the lit-cinnamon/cigarette flair/flare of The Funeral For Jack (bourbon, passion fruit puree, maple syrup, apple juice, basil), alongside The New Fashionista (tequila, watermelon juice, lime juice).

Fruity herbal concoctions: Eden Melon (gin, galliano, vanilla syrup, watermelon juice, thyme) & Assam Boi Mojito (with added apples). 

Rosemary Martini & Blueberry Margarita, each hovering over RM30 (inclusive of taxes).

White chocolate vodka shooters (RM45++), a wonderful way to bring this evening to a close. 

The "Play" component for Tujo comes in table games that are supposed to be offered here, including the likes of Five Stones, Bottle Caps & Pick Up Sticks. 

Tujo is touted to open everyday, 7am through late. Head here for a beer perhaps before work.



Tujo Bar-serrie & Grill,
Ascott The Residence, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2161-7789 or 03-2162-7789

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50 comments:

  1. What a lovely bright space! My friend and I was just discussing the other day about 7atenine, this looks like a good replacement for the former ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: you're right, the place is gorgeous during the daytime, flooded with natural light. and it's so spacious, quite a rarity for restaurants in this part of town =) i'm glad 7atenine's spirit lives on in tujo, heheh :D

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  2. Did I read that correctly? White chocolate vodka shots? I wonder how that tastes like. Milky yet relieving?

    Venison rolls reminds me of this kebab dish that Papa Carrie used to buy from the now-defunct shop. Can't remember the name, unfortunately.

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    1. Waverly: i love white chocolate, so these shots were a real pleasure for me. milky-creamy, with the zing of vodka and a finishing of caramel at the bottom of each glass :D
      oooh, that sounds like good kebabs. i really enjoyed the venison rolls here. they were very well-stuffed with lots of succulent meat! :D

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  3. oooo i want that pizza....yums..

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    1. Cindy: good pizza! the crust is healthily infused with spinach, then the whole thing is topped with lots of tender spinach and a flowing egg :D

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  4. White chocolate shots! I wonder if they taste something like the shots @ Tratorria Cuccina Italiana.

    Love Tujo's looks. I certainly wouldn't be there for a beer before work but a beer after work is definitely a good idea at Tujo.

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    1. Missyblurkit: ooo, I don't think I've tasted those shots at Trattoria before, but sounds like I should! Especially since I absolutely adore white chocolate, heheh :D I probably wouldn't want a beer before work either, but I wouldn't mind a glass of prosecco instead before heading into the office, heh! =)

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  5. A nice place to hangout during weekends for brunch, lunch n teatime I'll bet =)

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    1. Ulric: oh yeah, I like outlets that stay open all day long, without closing in between lunch and dinnertime! :D

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  6. This looks like a lovely place, Sean. I love your descriptions and photos. I really like thin crust pizza, but I would skip the squid ink. LOL! I love vegetarian pizza, especially.

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    1. Linda: the designers and builders of this place definitely deserve a pat on the back :D thanks. ooh, and it's not often i hear from someone who prefers vegetarian pizzas, but i guess it's a good way for us to get our fiber and vitamins in one tasty package :D

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  7. Interesting way of serving satay... The beef bourguignon looks very nicely done.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, that satay presentation could become a signature item for them :D the beef was OK for that price, and it was quite fragrant with herbs =)

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  8. bar-serrie - that's very clever. So this is what it is. I got a random SMS on the weekend saying, Tujo had opened but had no clue what it meant or where the message came from. Looks lovely. Your shots are beautiful.

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    1. The Yum List: heheh, here's looking forward to seeing more bar-serries in KL! we need and want them! :D thanks! this really is one of KL's most photogenic restaurants, especially in the daytime =)

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  9. Wow open so early and so near to my office, hahaha.

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    1. CK: heheh, maybe you can check out whether they serve any nice Eggs Benedict for breakfast :D

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  10. Beer before work?? We should check out its breakfast!

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    1. Footfringe: i am curious about their daytime menu! i realized too late that i was handed a "dinner" menu, so i assume there's a different menu for lunch and possibly brekkie! :D heheh, having a beer before work might ease the pangs and angst of having to trudge into our cubicles =)

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  11. Wah it looks promising! Now I must try the liver terrine and venison roll. :)

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    1. Bangsar Babe: yeah, that liver terrine tastes like a pretty successful combo of duck liver and chicken liver :D and the venison roll feels like an interesting upmarket interpretation of mamak fare =)

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  12. Yummmmmmmmm. I've never been to ascott myself but it sure looks good! And the white vodka shooters? totally my kinda thing ;)

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    1. TheJessicat.com: oh yeah, this is probably the best time to head to ascott, since tujo just opened. and yup, i could happily down a dozen of a shooters! totally delicious :D

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  13. This is a popular place or events so I guess I might be seeing the new Tujo soon! :) Same chefs?

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    1. TNG: oh ya, this is such a cool spot for private functions, especially since it's so spacious =) no idea who the current chefs are at tujo though, heh! :D

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  14. Soul Society really are good at doing restaurants, and that looks like it could be the pick of the bunch! plus the location is super. I need to try this out..

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: that's true, i do like their other outlets, Souled Out at hartamas/ampang and WIP at bangsar shopping center, but if i had to pick my favorite, it'd be 7atenine/tujo! :D

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  15. omg do you eat everything yourself? how come you always get to eat good food :(

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    1. YL&PW: ooh, the meals are usually shared among two or three people, but i do try to taste a little bit of everything =)

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    2. haha so is this like your job? writing food reviews?

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    3. YL&PW: it's just a hobby =)

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  16. nice environment and food~

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    1. bbit_41: yup, worth visiting for customers looking for a nice hangout in the city =)

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  17. Ahaa... they are open now! Gorgeous design, i must say! Beer before work would sound really good for some people, i think, LOL!

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    1. Pureglutton: yeah, the renovations took awhile, but it was worth the wait! =) heheh, i could definitely use some liquor to keep me going through the workday :D

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  18. huhu, i like the crab picture~ XD

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  19. wah...it's such a nice place! cantik cantik!!!

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    1. 女飞侠: yeah, really pleasing to the eyes! :D

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  20. Food, drinks and environment looks good. The food looks very rich and flavorful too.
    White chocolate vodka shooters; woahhh...

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    1. Melissa: yeah, i think the biggest attraction is the ambiance here, but the food and drinks are definitely worth exploring too :D

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  21. wow the interior looks really nice. What a shame that I haven't even been to 7atenine and now it's been replaced. huhuhu

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    1. Eiling: ooh, i guess the good news then is that tujo is just as good as 7atenine! and i think it'll be around for years to come (hopefully!) :D

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  22. lots of natural light there! :) Looks like another lovely place to hang out!

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    1. Fish: yeah, the light definitely brings a healthy glow to this place! :D

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  23. Lovely place to dine , however for food bloggers who happens to be there yesterday , please be considerate to other diners when you are snapping pictures in the future. My eyes was blinded for 20-30 min by your non stop flash during my entire dinner time.

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    1. Sync: unfortunately they probably won't see your comment here, so it'd be best for you to leave a comment on their blogs instead when their reviews are published. I understand your frustration, but there's no point leaving a comment on the blog of someone who posted this entry weeks ago, clearly wasn't in that offending group and doesn't use flash photography.

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  24. I do like their Chicken "Stinger" Satay with pineapple salsa a lots, will go to try other meals someday...

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    1. Oh yeah, it's an interesting way to make satay different than the usual =)

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