Torii Japanese Yakitori & Whisky Bar

The Husband and I caught up with my cousin and her boyfriend at Torii Japanese Yakitori & Whisky Bar when we were in Malaysia last week. She gave me a choice of three places to dine in, and being on a bit of a Japanese whisky bent, I was sold the minute I saw the whisky list this restaurant boasts. 

According to its website, Torii is a Japanese-accented gastro-bar, dedicated to the twin pleasures of 'yakitori and divine whisky'. Japanese whisky lovers will be happy to learn that Torii has the largest range of Japanese single malt whiskies on offer in Kuala Lumpur! They're definitely not cheap, but at least you now know where to head to if you've a sudden hankering for some Yamazaki or Hakushu! Yes, James B. I'm looking at you!



I loved the look and concept of the restaurant right away. It is sexy, chic and modern with interesting diagrams on the dark walls and a wall of whisky bottles that graces the bar and back wall. Not quite what I was expecting to find in the midst a suburban neighborhood, but definitely worth checking out whenever you're in the area. 

The yakitori menu featured all sorts of grilled skewered meats, seafood and different vegetables as well as a range of unique Japanese-inspired dishes.



We ordered and shared heaps of little platters among the four of us. Most of the food we had were really good, with some exceptional ones like the ultra-smooth, silky Trifecta Mushi made from Ikura, Foie Gras, and Shrimp in a Steamed Duck Egg Custard, as well as the Rack of Lamb with sea salt and black pepper, which was moist, smoky and utterly delicious.

We also really enjoyed the fresh and beautifully presented Sashimi Platter as well as the Bonded Unagi and Foie Gras, which were little bites of melt-in-your-mouth concoctions that packed a punch of meaty, earthy flavours and with a lovely, soft texture.

Trifecta Mushi
Bonded Unagi and Foie Gras
Sashimi Platter
Escargot
There were a couple of misses like the Escargot cooked in garlic miso and scallions, which were a little tough and chewy. I also wasn't too impressed by the Crispy Cheesy Beef, which is a new addition to the menu. Again, I thought the meat was way too tough and dry, although the cheese did its best to add some flavor and texture to the dish.

Sweet Corn
Okra
The grilled vegetables were cooked well here. We really enjoyed the Sweet Corn with sea salt and butter, as well as the soft and flavorsome Okra in a shoyu sauce. The Sweet Potato was really tender, well seasoned and tasted a treat too. However, my personal favorite was the Aubergine also cooked in shoyu sauce and topped with bonito flakes. They were moist, delicious and utterly addictive!

Rock Lobster
Wings
The Chicken Wings were a little on the salty side, but I loved the crispy skin and it went down a treat with our sake. We also enjoyed the Rock Lobster topped with scallion and a garlic chilli sauce.

Aubergine
Rack of Lamb
It is easy to spend hours whiling the night away here, munching on delicious yakitoris and drinking whisky, and I can see why this place is such a hit amongst locals. The price doesn't come cheap, but with some further tweaking to the menu, it is worthwhile to head here for a fun night out with friends as the food, whisky and atmosphere does make for a memorable experience!

Crispy Cheese Beef
Sweet Potato
Torii Japanese Yakitori & Whisky Bar
18 Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 7733 9309

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