KL’s yen for yakitori is burning brighter than ever, with a slew of skewer-serving chicken specialists launching this year.

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Toridoki is the newest in the seemingly never-ending parade of grilled chicken bars that have invaded Desa Sri Hartamas in recent months. This casual restaurant scores points for sheer comprehensiveness – expect everything from signature sticks of chicken thigh & breast wrapped in skin (RM8) to ‘seseri’ neck meat (RM6), chicken-leek combos (RM5) to juicy skin, tail, cartilage, liver, gizzard & heart (RM5 each), ‘sasami’ tenderloin with wasabi or plum (RM5) to ‘tsukune’ meatballs (RM11) to Nagoya-inspired ‘tebasaki’ crispy wings (RM9) – effectively executed, easy to enjoy. Bonus: Service here is friendly & efficient.

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The Offal Selection

Our favourite orders here however might hail from the offal selection – soul food of sizzling liver with onions, creamy & powerfully flavourful (RM16), & a steaming-hot, murky intestine stew that might warm the most frozen of hearts (RM18).

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The Chicken Menu

The rest of the all-about-chicken menu might work for mindless munching, though most items leave only a fleeting impression. It should be safe to skip the miso-marinated boneless thigh platter (RM16; served chilled), boiled skin with ponzu sauce (RM12), fillet that’s been grilled, dried & pulled (RM14), basic karaage (RM17) & spicy-sweet fried sesame wings (RM10).

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Chicken-and-Egg Okaya Don and Chicken Ramen

Need a heartier meal? There’s the classic chicken-&-egg okaya don (RM25) & chicken ramen (RM20), both inoffensive.

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Beverages

Won’t whine since wine is available (RM19 by the worthwhile glass). But if you prefer more authentically Japanese routes to inebriation, try the house mix of a nearly non-alcoholic, beer-flavoured Hoppy beverage with shochu (RM24) or other blends of shochu with soda & a choice of tomato (it works!), green tea, grapefruit or lime (RM19-RM22).

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Location and Contact Details

Toridoki

40, Jalan 24/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas

Tel: +603-6206-4676

Daily, 530pm-12am

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