Toriyoshi Yakitori Bar, Damansara Uptown

June 17, 2019

Toriyoshi stands out among the Klang Valley's kushiyaki bars by serving up specialities with Malaysian influences: Try the nasi lemak yakitori don, unmistakably aromatic, accompanied by all the familiar anchovies, peanuts, cucumber and sambal, plus a runny egg and slices of smoky chicken meat, skin, heart and gizzard (a fair RM15 with radish soup, pickles and ocha).

Several chicken skewers also channel local inflections, such as sambal-slathered chicken breast (RM6) and buttermilk-bathed thigh (RM7). Other unconventional grilled offerings span freshwater lobster (RM15; skip this, since there's not much flesh beneath its exterior) and textured otak-otak (RM8), washed down with green tea (RM6) or a Japanese whisky highball (RM20).

Toriyoshi Yakitori

23G, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Open Mon-Fri, 12pm-3pm, 6pm-12am; Sat, 6pm-12am.

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