Tori is a southwest Zagreb temple of noodles, buns, and amazing ramen
Tori is hidden in the back of a housing block, on a small green patch between two buildings in the southwest corner of Zagreb, Špansko. Their space used to be an old neighborhood bar that is currently filled with 4 tables, 3 tall seats at the bar, and 3 tall seats in the window.
The Interior is covered with smiling ramen bowls and manga and anime characters. The cutlery is not set, guests get it themselves out of a small wooden box containing wooden chopsticks and a spoon. Glasses and cups are plastic, and bowls and plates are porcelain with classic-looking Japanese illustrations.
There are no waiters, you are served by the chefs. If you like experiencing the preparation of your food up close, we recommend sitting at the bar.
What is served
The menu consists of 3 starters, 4 rice bowl dishes, 2 types of noodles, 2 ramen, and 2 kinds of dessert.
For starters, you can get two kinds of gyoza, or a lobster steamed bun. Rice bowls come with katsu chicken, tuna and lobster poke, Korean fried chicken, and a Kung Pao. Noodles come in Beef Teriyaki and Dan Dan style.
Ramens are TanTanMen and Shrimp Laksa. Flavors are well balanced and out of this world. The desserts are a selection of local artisan patisserie Le Kolač, or a selection of mochi ice creams made in-house.
The drinks list is short and efficient. 4 local craft beers by Zmajsko and Varionica, ranging in style from pale ale to stout. Singha, Sapporo for the traditionalists, Heineken and Belje Graševina, and Merlot for the wines, served in small bottles.
If you crave Asian street food delivered to your door Tori is available on Wolt.
What our chefs had
We decided on a lobster bun filled with surimi mayo, tobiko, black sesame cucumbers, and onion crumble on top. Balanced, full of flavors, and large by Asian food standards.
Next, we tried TUNA & LOBSTER POKE, a colorful bowl of pickled vegetables, marinated raw tuna, sushi rice, edamame beans, Goma wakame seaweed, spring onions, pickled ginger, daikon radish, and sriracha mayo. It is as colorful, as it is tasty, and you get to mix them and enjoy the dish your way.
We had Yuzu Cheesecake was a surprise cloud of cheese and citrus. Cheesecakes are usually milder in flavor, but with yuzu, or Japanese lemon, results were on the tart citrusy side ranging from tangy lemon to bitter grapefruit and sweet orange. Surprisingly refreshing and aromatic.
We had one Singha Thai beer and one Heineken from Holland.
The bill for one person with drinks came to 29 euros