Returning to Taman Tun's Torii for more grilling & dramming. Earlier entry on Torii: March 16.
Start with a salad: Torii's combo of mixed seaweed with freshly ripe, sweetly juicy mangoes, mesclun, strawberries & croutons (RM22 before taxes) should work well to perk up the palate.
Foie's a favourite in Torii's kitchen: Folks will fall lustily in love with the signature Torii 'burger,' comprising house-made Wagyu mini-patties crowned with liver, spinach & caramelised onions, a melt-in-the-mouth stuffing in a sliced scone (RM36 for two).
Also worthwhile: Fried rice with morsels of foie gras, garlic chips & herbs (RM26).
Torii's take on devils on horseback is called 'Arabian Nights' (RM20), comprising Arabian dates wrapped in beef bacon. Succulent, sweet-savoury stuff, absolutely addictive.
Avocado De La Mer: Baked seafood in a hot, mushy mess with avocados, mushrooms, piquant miso & cheese (RM18).
Can't leave Torii without tasting some skewers; with nearly 40 to choose from, come hungry to try, say, the short ribs (RM12) ...
... or the bouncy-chewy squid tentacles with tangy salsa (RM6).
Desserts are not run-of-the-mill at Torii: The best bets are the lemon curd pavlova with mixed berries, kiwi fruit & strawberry compote with Forty Licks' exclusive whiskey raisin ice cream (RM20) ...
... & the raw lime cheese cake layered with apricot ice cream & honey crumble (RM22).
More whiskey cocktails: The signature Torii (Yamazaki 12, soda, yuzu juice, gomme) ...
... & Hakushu Rosewater (Hakushu 12, soda, rosewater, orange peels).
Or enjoy a glass of the Nikka Miyagikyo 12 Years for RM27.
Sake & wine are available too, by the carafe & glass/bottle respectively.
Torii Japanese Yakitori & Whisky Bar
18 Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Open daily, 5pm-late. Tel: 03-7733-9309
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