Thursday, August 25, 2016

Premium Japanese Steaks @ Torii, Damansara Heights

Steak devotees might like to consider Torii for their next splurge - premium Japanese beef is now available for dinner at this Damansara Heights restaurant, with Kobe & Matsusaka beef for a distinctively heightened encounter with sheer succulence.

We tried three cuts - our favourite is the A5-grade Kobe Zabuton (RM250 per 100 grammes), a somewhat cushion-shaped slab of chuck tail flap that's supremely smooth & fatty, as much buttery as beefy. Chef Nizam & his team pay proper respect to the meat, with careful cooking that results in a crisp, caramelised bite that succumbs to a compellingly luscious chew. To boost the pleasure factor even further, order the sides of perfectly pan-seared foie gras (RM29) & grilled Japanese scallop (RM19).

 Matsusaka beef (RM310 per 100 grammes) is also an experience to reckon with - the coveted meat from the city of the same name in Mie Prefecture is achingly juicy too, with a more full-bodied bovine flavour than the Kobe. No sauces needed for both.

Other cuts offered comprise Kobe sirloin in grades of F1 (RM120 for 100 grammes), A3 (RM150) & A4 (RM180). We sampled the latter, which holds its own for medium-rare glory, making a successful impression that might well haunt us for some time.

Don't skip the sides - the team has created memorable companions for your steak meal. The cream of spinach is captivating, its rich taste & texture elevated with a runny egg (RM18), while the cured egg yolk croquettes are unique enough to merit a trip here even without the beef (RM19). In fact, the first silken-soft spoonful of truffled mashed parsnip (RM25) proves so irresistibly delicious, the realisation soon dawns that it can easily be enjoyed on its own. Thanks to Torii for having us back.

Torii
Lot 8-6, Jalan Batai, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur. 
Open 11:30am to 2:30 pm (Weekdays only); 5.00 pm to late (Daily). Tel: 03-2011-3798 or 019-203-7093

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15 comments:

  1. I would love those croquettes, look really nice.

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    1. Suituapui: i think i'd happily snack on a dozen of those cured egg croquettes :D

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  2. Great photos Sean. I like the creamed spinach and especially how it's been made very Malaysian with the soft egg on top. ;-)

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    1. The Yum List: thanks! that egg took the creamed spinach to the next level - pure perfection for a side dish! :D

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  3. That first photo...I already went wow!! Stop tempting me, Sean....now I'm looking enviously at your steak. Am I right to say that first plate costs close to RM300 already? Even the side dishes aren't cheap...RM19 for just one scallop? I know premium ingredients don't come cheap but.....>_<

    I think you could probably finish all the (small portions of) food by yourself...hehe! :D I've been wanting to try Kobe beef but it's so darn expensive...I must wait for special, special occasion...haha! ;D

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, this was quite a wow kind of meal! you're right, the first steak (kobe zabuton complete with the foie and scallop would have been RM300). the slightly more wallet-friendly option would be the kobe sirloin - we tried the A4 grade which was RM180, and it was an excellent steak in its own right ;)
      the good thing about kobe and matsusaka beef is they're really decadent in taste and texture, so you don't actually need a large 250-gramme cut - 100 grammes is actually just right, or 150 grammes at the most ;)

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  4. Those are really some beautiful prepared steaks. Great set of photos as well!

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    1. Choi Yen: yes, this was definitely one of my favorite steak meals of 2016 :D thanks!

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  5. I am swooning at those pink centers and fainting over the prices LOL! I do want to have a taste of premium beef but ah well, maybe like Kris, I wait for a super special occasion like my 50th birthday hah..hah...

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    1. Phong Hong: heheh, swooning and fainting - i guess that's what great food does to us! :) and yeah, i guess a fabulous steak dinner would be the way to go for a landmark occasion!

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  6. Foie gras + Kobe, very luxurious! :P

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    1. CK: heheh, yes, very, very ;)

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  7. Japanese Beef are considered non-halal in Malaysia and is smuggled in illegally.

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  8. Awesome meal Sean! Just my kind too - all protein and fats :P

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  9. Kobe is extremely rare even the US gets only a small % of it from Japan every year. I just came back from Hokkaido and thr's hardly anywhere that serves authentic Kobe (you should have a cert to prove it's authentic). The best was Shiraoi and Furano wagyu and to me those are already beyond amazing and far from any wagyu I've tasted in KL/SG. Not sure if that would be the feeling I get when I taste Torii's supposedly Kobe as there are alot of fake ones out there.

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