Tori No Su is shaking things up at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers.
Did you know that the round end of chopsticks symbolises heaven? It seems apt considering Japanese food is nothing short of heavenly. And luckily for foodies across the capital, award-winning Japanese restaurant Tori No Su has reopened its doors under the culinary helm of Japan native Yosuke Matsuoka, translating to mouthwatering new dishes and refreshing drinks rooted in authenticity and accented with contemporary touches. Incidentally, Tori No Su translates to “bird of nest” and serves everything from sushi to teppanyaki, curating the best of what the country has to offer.
Located at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, the super stylish restaurant is open for dinner from Wednesday to Monday, dazzling diners with its grand open kitchen, where skilled chefs prepare chopstick-friendly bites such as Sea Urchin Wagyu Roll (Chef Matsuoka’s special), Grilled Beef Tongue Sendai Style (marinated in a special miso sauce over 72 hours) and more. Traditional flavours also make an appearance, whipped up in the form of BK Udon (cold udon noodles with tempura crumble, dashi sauce and a soft boiled egg) and Tori No Su Ramen, which is served with minced miso chicken, bok choy and bean sprouts.
For the main event, indulging in the Traditional Grilled Miso Black Cod – marinated in Saikyo miso for 72 hours – is a no-brainer. The MB 7 Wagyu Tenderloin Steak Foie Gras, meanwhile, is served with truffle ponzu and grated wasabi – and perfect for the carnivores amongst you. As for the grand finale? Sweet treats aplenty – a selection of mochi ice cream, Okinawan Brown Sugar Caramel Earl Grey and Japanese Chestnut Cream Tarts included. Cocktail enthusiasts can look forward to a grand selection of crafted mixology with an Asian twist, alongside a choice of premium wines, spirits and refreshing mocktails.
The mixology highlights at Tori No Su include the Hibari No Su, a Tenjaku whisky that captures all the key flavours of good Japanese whisky mixed with Frangelico and lemongrass, its finish lingering with oak, vanilla and hazelnut sweetness. And if something fresher is what you’re after, then the Roku Melon – a perfectly balanced gin combining six traditional and unique Japanese botanicals – is the best option as it’s mixed with melon and cucumber to result in an invigorating drink that’s sure to tingle the taste buds. Go forth and feast.