The laid-back sister to Momiji, the chic fine-dining space one floor up, Torii is focused on Japanese street food, with head chef Christi Semczyszyn turning out colourful, flavour-packed plates inspired by her adventures in Tokyo.
The bento and sando boxes are ideal for a quick brunch but the real magic comes after noon, when diners are spoilt for choice. The ramen bowls are a must, here featuring home-made noodles in a long-simmering broth rich in flavour. Shio mushroom and miso chicken options are offered alongside the classic pork tonkotsu.
If you’re in a crowd the plates of ‘Bites’ are perfect for sharing. Steamed buns of sticky pork belly and katsu chicken are standouts, especially when paired with a few succulent yakitori skewers. The chicken thigh with spring onion sounds pedestrian but is a sucker-punch of flavour. Also don’t miss the Atsui Dog, a long-term favourite in the kitchen – the combo of milk bread, kimchi, kewpie mayo and hot sauce is superb.
Working with everything from matcha to mochi, pastry chef Adri Morel conjures up wonderful Japanese-inspired sweet creations well worth a try. The Japanese cheesecake with miso caramel is a hit.
No shortage of options, from imported sake to Japanese craft beer. While the house wines by David and Nadia Sadie are excellent, and well priced, the wine list offers a range of boutique cellars at accessible prices.
Brisk and efficient, just like the menu.
A colourful, quirky space where kazaridaru sake barrels top the bar and the walls are filled with manga-inspired artworks and buzzy neon lights.
Discovering Japanese food beyond sushi.
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This place never lets me down! Always consistently great service followed by amazingly crafted delicious Japanese inspired delights.
If you've never eaten here and you like Asian cuisine - do yourself a favour and go here now! Go here today!
Have you ever stepped into a place and completely forgotten where you were? Like it sent you into a alternative city and time zone? Well this is what it's like when you step into Tjing Tjing and more specifically Torii. We arranged a staff lunch here last Friday, and not for one second were we sorry.
The menu boasts various Japanese street foods and everything I placed in my mouth was delicious. From the pork steamed buns, to the hot wings, to the pork ribs, to the chicken yakitori, to the dumplings, to the miso butter for the roasted corn...(yup I ordered all of those), you can't go wrong.
Do yourself a favour, stop ordering average asian takeaways, and treat yourself to something delicious and authentic.
Food is amazing here. Japanese flavors and the best cocktails in Cape Town. The one thing that did not work well, is that the food came out in stages. Some people in our group had 3 bites before them and were done with 2 before one of the other peoples food came out and she only ordered 1 bite. Still good service otherwise and really enjoyed the ambience
Wow wow wow
What an amazing restaurant! The food was out of this world!!! The trout tempura hand roll was my favorite!!! I wanted to cry of joy while I was eating! The flavors was magical!!! The desert we had was the cheese cake... wow wow wow! I was super impressed and never had such a wonderful experience at a restaurant! Can’t stop talking about the food!! Thank you all for the awesome and friendly service
What a spot!
Torii was recommended by a friend with very high standards and I am so glad we took her advice.
The best dishes of the night were triple fried hot wings, the pork belly hirata and the Atsui Dog but everything we ate was excellent.
The service was great, and the reasonably priced house wine, the Red Blend from David & Nadia, was delicious.
I suspect this little spot will become a bit of a regular for me.