Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Torii @ Batai Village, Damansara Heights

Acclaimed yakitori-&-whisky specialist Torii spreads its wings from Taman Tun Dr Ismail to Damansara Heights this week, launching a second outpost to sizzle up the new Batai Village development.

 If you like Torii in TTDI, you'll probably love this new branch - the laid-back, welcoming vibe remains entirely intact, representative of a friendly neighbourhood hangout. The look here showcases an increasingly mature & confident restaurant, with Torii's unmistakable markers transposed into a warmer, more intimate setting with beautiful flourishes.

 This branch also features a calm & cosy bar upstairs, ideal for snacking & sipping. Spacious private rooms are available too.

The food is still distinctively Torii, with a lust-at-first-bite skewer selection that's enormously extensive, spanning sticks of crispy chicken thigh meat with sansho pepper, duck breast with sea salt, ox tripe with salsa, baby cuttlefish with BBQ sauce & more.

Torii's repertoire is constantly evolving, so there's always something new to sample. We're instant fans of the escargot, which offers a juicy chew, well-flavoured with garlic miso & scallions (RM10++). Rock lobster with garlic chilli sauce (RM10++) is a sterling bet with a fleshy heft, while the Wagyu Seven (RM20++), seasoned simply with sea salt & black pepper, showcases the kitchen's expertise with choice cuts of meat.

Torii fans know that some of the restaurant's tastiest temptations extend beyond skewers, across an inventive spectrum of starters & salads. Chef Nizam & his team do full justice to fish, with highlights like salmon crudo with scallions, garlic chips, pesto & ponzu (RM25) & tuna with mango, cilantro, saffron & balsamic dressing (RM22), shining with complex, lively flavours.

Gyoza is given a fresh twist, filled with beef & foie gras & pan-fried with ponzu & herbs (RM22) for a treat that remains respectful to Japanese flavours while infusing well-thought-out new nuances to surprise the taste buds.

It's also worth asking for Torii's off-menu specials: Steak devotees might worship the miso short rib & wagyu sirloin, partnered in a platter that's a show-stopping sacrament of succulence. RM120++.

Torii takes plenty of pride in its whisky, with a top-flight range that goes beyond the call of duty for both quantity & quality. Sullivan's Cove, named the world's best single-malt at the 2014 World Whiskies Award, makes for an enjoyable enticement with its smooth, simple elegance.

It's a testament to a triumphantly rounded restaurant that every section of its menu is well worth sampling. Cocktails are not to be skipped either, with unique specialities like the Lemongrass Potion (RM36++; a ravishingly balanced blend of whisky, soda, lemongrass & lemon zest) complementing the food. Many thanks to Torii's team for hosting this visit.

Torii @ Damansara Heights
Jalan Batai, Damansara Heights. Same row as Sitka. Open daily, 5pm through late. Tel: 03-2011-3798


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21 comments:

  1. Ahh...I see a lot of grilled stuff...baby cuttlefish...yumsss!! I can just imagine what that show-stopping RM120 pc of short rib and wagyu stirloin would taste like...heavenly, I'm sure :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: heh, dinners at torii always satisfy! they're consistently very good at what they do :)

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  2. Looks like a club/lounge. Interesting way of serving gyozas.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, the upper floor has a bit of a loungey feel ... and yeah, it's a nice change from the regular pork/chicken gyozas :)

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  3. I am getting hungry, Sean. :) I love the booths.

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    1. Linda: heh, i hope you managed to satisfy your hunger with a good meal :) and yeah, those booths look kinda comfy :)

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  4. I spy, with my little eye bottles upon bottles of Yamazaki. *hic*

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    1. Unka: heheh, observant! i'm actually an idiot when it comes to whiskies though, :D

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  5. We tried once at TTDI, I like their wide selection of skewers!

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    1. CK: ya, and this damansara heights branch is nearer in location to us, heheh :D

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  6. Ooh, this one looks a tad fancier than the first. Whisky cocktails - yes please!

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, i think i kinda prefer this batai branch ... i like the extra touches here :) and nobody does whisky cocktails in kl like torii does :)

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  7. The decor looks mighty fine, swanky. And food looks good too!

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, some parts of it do look sorta posh, but it really has a casual vibe. and i'm always happy with the food at torii :)

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  8. gyoza with foie gras sounds dangerously tempting!

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    1. Ken: it's definitely worth the risk! :D

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  9. Yay...the crowd will be distributed between 2 places...for me tats a good thing =)

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    1. Ulric: heheh, yeah, either that, or there'll be a flood of new fans for torii to crowd BOTH outlets! :D

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  10. the food looks nice despite i still can't eat beef~ >.<

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    1. Happy walker: ooo, no worries, they do a lot of chicken and fish here too :D

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  11. Looks swanky, chic and set to be a big hit. Cheers Torii @ damansara heights and its crew...

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