More Japanese restaurants are opening in the south and Tori Ichi Yakitori and Bar is a must try!
My husband and I love Japanese food. Whenever we would have a chance to eat out, it’s almost always in a Japanese restaurant. So when we discovered that there’s a new Japanese place in Festival Mall called Tori Ichi Yakitori and Bar, we were more than thrilled to check it out (beside the fact that it was Brian’s birthday).
Tori Ichi Yakitori and Bar is located at the ground floor of Festival Mall’s newest wing. The restaurant has a modern yet cozy vibe which I really like. I was already expecting that their menu would be limited to rice meals and grilled meat and veggies but to my surprise, they also have sashimi, sushi, maki, ramen and noodles.
Brian and I ordered food right away because we were so hungry. It was a bit difficult to choose from their menu since it was our first time in their restaurant. I felt like I wanted to try everything! But Brian warned me not to go overboard because we might end up not eating everything. Hehe. After taking our order, our server gave us some hot towels to sanitize our hands with. This was also such a nice plus for this restaurant.
While waiting for our food, our server also gave us some dried anchovies for our appetizer. It was for free! Brian and I each got a small plate of this sweet and spicy treat. I also asked for their free hot tea.
Our food was served right away and we didn’t have to wait that long. I really wasn’t able to take track of the time because I was busy looking at the interiors while munching on the free dried anchovies. Then, our Tuna Sashimi came! I got so excited! Maybe it’s because I was craving for sashimi for how many days already.
My craving was making my mouth water with so much excitement. I like my sashimi with a little wasabi and dipped in soy sauce. I gobbled one piece right away. But I must say that I’ve had better tuna sashimi in other restaurants. Tori Ichi’s Tuna Sashimi was just okay. It did not really satisfy my sashimi cravings. I guess it’s because it lacked that melt-in-your-mouth sensation I was looking for in sashimi.
Brian’s Yakitori Set Meal came next. Tori Ichi’s Yakitori meal included an egg rice bowl, miso soup, and 4 Yakitori sticks – butabara (grilled pork belly), hasami, uzura tamago (quail eggs), and asparagus bacon. It also came with matcha ice cream which we shared after our meal. Brian really enjoyed his meal except for the half-cooked egg. Hehe. He doesn’t really like half-cooked eggs. I told him to just mix it with the hot rice to help it cook further.
My order came next. I got Tori Ichi’s Tonkotsu Ramen. I finished the big bowl so fast because I was so hungry! Their Tonkotsu Ramen was a bit spicy which made it taste even better. I like how the spice cuts through the creamy and rich soup. Their noodles were also very filling and I like the smoky taste of the sliced pork.
We also ordered Tori Ichi’s Tebasaki (grilled chicken wings). They had a Buy 1 Take 1 promo on all yakitori so we got two sticks for the price of one 🙂 I recommend you get the yakitori in Tare Sauce. It gave the yakitori that nice balance of sweet, salty and savory.
Then for dessert, Brian and I shared a scoop of matcha ice cream which came with the Yakitori Set Meal. It was the perfect ending to our filling meal.
Overall, we really enjoyed eating at Tori Ichi Yakitori and Bar. Aside from their good food, the service was also amazing. I love how our server was very attentive to our needs. He also knows the menu well and was able to answer our questions about the food. We will be eating here again and we will bring Owen next time. I’m sure Owen would love to try out their food as well.