Thursday, March 28, 2019

Lucky Tora, KL: Modern Japanese & Cocktails

Be a cool cat and visit Lucky Tora, a fun-dining, modern Japanese restaurant and bar showcasing innovative cuisine and delicious cocktails.

Located on Jalan Mesui, the casual restaurant which translates to "lucky tiger" oozes cool vibes, with its Insta-worthy neon sign and chic al fresco dining area. The menu features an interesting array of Japanese fusion dishes, injected with an Asian twist - such as Sarawak umai somen and Thai tomyum udon.

Lucky Tora KL

Lucky Tora KL

For lunch, Lucky Tora offers lunch sets (available everyday!) which come with miso soup - choose from various rice bowls, fried rice or ramen, with prices starting from RM22. We had the Beef Katsu Curry Rice (RM32), deep fried breaded beef with Japanese curry (with potato and carrot), egg and rice. Comfort in a bowl!

Beef Katsu Curry Rice, Lucky Tora KL

Beef Katsu Curry Rice, Lucky Tora KL

Come evening, there will also be makimono (sushi rolls), okonomiyaki, salads, yakitori and delightful sharing platters. We highly recommend the vibrant Sashimi Ceviche (RM22), perfect for whetting your appetite. A selection of raw fish such as tuna and octopus is cured in lime juice and then served with Tora-style salsa and deep fried crispy wantan skin.

Sashimi Ceviche, Lucky Tora KL

Cheong fun is usually filled with shrimp or char siew. However, here at Lucky Tora, cheong fun (rice rolls) gets a fun makeover, and is filled with raw salmon, crab meat, foie gras, lady's finger and dried shrimp, served with homemade sweet chilli sauce.

Foie gras salmon cheong fun (RM28)
Food, Lucky Tora KL

Foie gras salmon cheong fun, Lucky Tora KL

Juicy gyozas, anyone? - Yes please! Diners can opt for either prawn or chicken dumplings, which are deep fried and served with a sour-spicy dip.

Szechuan-style gyoza (RM24)
Gyoza, Lucky Tora KL

Restaurant manager and mixologist, Haniff, sets the bar alight with his creative, crafted cocktails. Haniff enjoys infusing local ingredients such as pandan and assam boi into his creations. He surprised us with his delicious cocktails, namely Mr. Miyagi, Lucky Tora Whisky Sour, Tora! Tora! Tora! and Zen Garden.

Mixologist Haniff Yon

My personal favourite was Mr. Miyagi (RM24), a refreshing sake cocktail with assam seed. Coming in a close second is his version of Whisky Sour (RM42), which uses a blend of Suntory and Jameson whisky along with sugar, honey, lemon, egg white and finished with some Himalayan sea salt. Absolutely fantastic!

Sake cocktails, Lucky Tora

Tora! Tora! Tora! (RM39) - featuring Plantation Dark, Plantation O.F.T.D, gin, amaro, cassis, honey, bitters, served with a cool, branded ice cube.
Branded ice cube, Lucky Tora

Lucky Tora

Lucky Tora Neon Sign

Lucky Tora Whisky Sour (RM42) and Zen Garden (RM36), a floral, gin-infused lavender tea with lemon, elderflower, rose and egg white.
Crafted cocktails, Lucky Tora

Asian girl with cocktail, KL

Order some yakitori, which will pair perfectly with your drink. A selection of grilled meats and vegetables are available - such as chicken, lady's fingers, mushroom truffle, tsukune, lamb, saba fish, unagi and Wagyu beef.

Yakitori, Japanese Food, Lucky Tora

Yakitori, Lucky Tora

A scoop of luscious rum and raisin ice cream will ensure you end your meal on a sweet note.

Rum and raisin ice cream, Lucky Tora

Lucky Tora

Lucky Tora KL

Lucky Tora KL

Reservations are highly recommended, as it gets exceptionally busy for weekday lunches and on weekends. Book your table online here:


Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, 5pm - late. Sat-Su 12pm - late.

Location: Lucky Tora, 25, Jalan Mesui, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2859 0489

Nearest MRT: Bukit Bintang.

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1 comment:

  1. The curry sure has an odd colour. Gyozas look perfect!


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