Just around the corner from the stretch of classy looking Japanese restaurants, Tori Doki at Desa Sri Hartamas aims for something a little more cheerful and joyous. The brightly lit dining room with a grill bar has a polished, contemporary feel, attracting a more mature clientele looking for a drink or two to go with a lineup of standard options like yakitori and tempura, as well as of the luxe ingredients and seasonal items.
From the grill bar occupying almost half the restaurant came well prepared skewers- all made with very fresh quality ingredients. Much of the action takes place on full show at the bar and must have is their signature of course. I recommend the most popular dish, Toridoki (RM 8). A skewer of thigh and breast wrapped in skin, with every bite tender and juicy to the last bit.
The rest of the skewers are fantastic and the options were never boring. I’ve ordered the Renkon (RM 5) because I’ve always love lotus root. A random pick of Shitake (RM 5) and Ginnan (RM 4) caught me by surprise. Both the soft and juicy mushroom and chewy textured ginko were such a delight to nibble.
Tori Doki isn’t all about the grilled skewers. Peckish clientele can order plenty of attractive dishes from the menu. Being Asians, we must have our rice. Hence the Camembert Cheese Yaki onigiri (RM 12). This Camembert cheese with grilled rice ball is tasty with mild flavour on its own but when topped with rich bonito flakes becomes a wonderful burst of texture and flavour.
Proteins ala carte dishes are extensive- Tori Nanban Age (RM 15) served enough of a fried chicken portion with Japanese sweet and sour sauce and tartar sauce that’s sprinkled with toasted sesame, and served with a fresh pile of shredded white cabbage. Also, Motsu Ni (RM 18) would appeal to offal lovers. This chicken intestinal stew comes with soft tofu that’ll easily melt in your mouth along with the piping hot broth.
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Tori Doki is located at :
No40, Jalan 24/70a,
Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 KL
Phone: +60 3-6206 4676
Business Hour: 12–2:30PM, 5:30–11PM daily