Thursday, February 23, 2017

2017 Menu: Torii @ Batai, Damansara Heights

Torii has unveiled its new dinner menu, jazzing up modern Japanese cuisine with intriguing creations & combinations; start with chef Nizam's refashioning of a sashimi platter, with toro, kampachi, salmon, amaebi, scallop & uni elegantly unified in a bowl, their sweet, fresh flavours & pristine succulence buoyed by the uplift of yuzu foam - it tastes as lovely as it looks, making for a memorable way to enjoy sashimi (RM42).

It's also well worth whetting the appetite with Torii's chilled soup of blended peas & edamame, beautifully textured & enhanced with a tinge of green tea, poured over salmon tartare & a quail's egg yolk, accented with a little lime, salt & extra virgin olive oil, for bursts of brininess soothed by mellow vegetarian notes - very tasty (RM19).

Bone marrow is forever a treat, but Torii ups the ante by using wagyu bone marrow, buttery & beefy to the max, made even more hedonistic with morsels of foie gras & quail's yolk on each fragment, for the ultimate diet-be-damned indulgence (RM29).

 Fish takes on a twist with Torii's pan-seared tuna paired with honeycomb, which may be an acquired taste for its strange mix of seafood & sweet, complemented by zucchini & curry mayo (RM29). For a safer selection, the baked halibut is impeccably executed, moist & tender, well-matched with mashed halibut & caviar (RM29).

Vegetarians are not neglected - the house salad channels vivid flavours & vibrant textures, with the main components of rocket leaves, cubed apples, a whole mozzarella cheese ball & garlic drizzle working terrifically in tandem, their sum more satisfying than their parts (RM26). And in a nod to wisely curated produce, zucchini flowers should always merit an order on any menu, battered here & stuffed with mixed truffled mushrooms, set over balsamic-laced dashi in a playful revision of tempura (RM25).

Battle of the bowls: Torii's stone bowl rice is built to be a crowd-pleaser, brimming with unagi, shrimp, Japanese scallop, seaweed, tobiko & onsen tamago, layered over firm, hot & crackling rice (RM39). It has plenty of ingredients that a lot of people will relish, but our vote is for the Beef Donburi, which offers mouthful after mouthful of pleasure, with medium-rare beef slices, foie gras, white truffles & a soft-cooked egg, full of flavour & fragrance (RM58). And there's still much more to try - scallop uni ravioli, a smoked duck steak, & wagyu scone sliders, to name a few. Many thanks to Torii for having us back.

Torii Malaysia
Lot 8, Batai Village, Jalan Batai, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur. Open Mon-Fri, lunch & dinner; Sat-Sun, dinner only. Tel: 03-2011-3798

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8 comments:

  1. The food looks good and pretty! I seldom order beef, but with foie gras and white truffle, maybe I should give it a try. :D

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    1. CK: ya, the donburi was delicious! the mix of ingredients worked quite well, and the kitchen prepared it nicely :)

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  2. If there's one thing I've not had before and would like to try is bone marrow! ^_~ And what's with this serving plate (that looks like a black tile) that seems to be the rage these days. It does make the food look pretty sitting on it but it isn't very practical in my opinion. I was once served a steak on this and it was rather annoying when it made a lot of noise (when cutting the steak) because of the uneven surface (it's ok if you just need to pick something off it with chopsticks)...lol! >_<

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    1. Contact.ewew: if you like the taste and texture of beef fat, there's a good chance you'll like bone marrow! :) good point about using that plate for steaks ... i think for the dishes here, such as the fish, it wasn't much of a problem, but yeah, a regular plate would work better for something that takes more effort to slice through :)

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  3. Wow! Someone told me to hop over to see this beautiful food presentation. I like them because I love these edible flowers.

    I am so familiar with this area yet I am unaware of this place. Thanks & I will head there soon!!

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    1. Twilight Man: yeah, those flowers do add a lovely, vibrant flourish to the dishes :) hope you enjoy torii - yeah, it's a restaurant that can't be seen from the main road if you're driving around :)

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  4. The food is so beautifully presented!

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    1. Phong Hong: yep, kudos to the kitchen! :)

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