In a pioneering move, Around the Block unveils its innovative dual concept as it transforms into the vibrant and Japaneasy-inspired eatery, TŌRI, every evening from 5 pm onward. This unique blend provides diners with an unparalleled experience, where the cozy cafe charm gracefully transitions into a modern Japanese sanctuary, crafting an enchanting ambiance that evolves effortlessly as day turns to night.
TŌRI, translating to the passage, marks the evolution of Around the Block, introducing a contemporary izakaya-style dining experience. The moment patrons step inside TŌRI, they are greeted with a live sushi station, where skilled chefs showcase their culinary prowess in a theatrical cooking show, dishing out a plethora of Japanese delicacies.
The TŌRI menu reflects a dedication to Japanese-inspired cuisine with a modern twist, embodying an unpretentious, real, and approachable approach. Featuring a diverse selection ranging from robatas and innovative sushi rolls to meticulously crafted mains and a Raw Bar,
Embark on your culinary journey with an array of delectable starters at TŌRI, where each dish is a work of art. The Crab Salad, a true masterpiece, features a luscious crab salad base. What makes this starter truly unique is the presentation and preparation: it arrives at your table with a crunchy tortilla and a layer of finely sliced avocado. The skilled team brings the experience to life by presenting the dish and then allowing you to partake in the final creation. Witness the spectacle as the tortilla is crushed and mixed right at your table, ensuring that every bite is a harmonious blend of flavors and textures. Dive into the Goma Salad, a refreshing mix of baby spinach, enoki, and truffle goma dressing. For a taste of the sea, try the Rock Shrimp with spicy mayo and wasabi peas, offering a perfect blend of textures and flavors.
As you venture into the Tori Ramen Bar, exclusive to the Wasl 51 location, prepare your taste buds for an explosion of flavors. The Spicy Beef Ramen boasts tenderloin, enoki, ajitama eggs, and datterino tomatoes, creating a symphony of savory goodness. For those craving a plant-based option, the Brothless Goma Ramen with plant-based meat, ajitama eggs, and bok choy is a delightful alternative.
Raw & Rolls showcase the artistry of TŌRI’s chefs with offerings like the Salmon Carpaccio featuring sesame ponzu and chives or the Wagyu Roll adorned with truffle carpaccio and teriyaki glaze. These dishes exemplify TŌRI’s dedication to presenting traditional Japanese flavors with a contemporary twist.
Sharing Mains take center stage with standout dishes such as the Spicy Tenderloin, Mushroom Rice Hot Stone, and the indulgent Wagyu Burger with house sauce and yellow cheddar. Each dish is meticulously crafted to elevate the dining experience, offering a perfect balance of flavors and textures.
Cap off your culinary journey with a visit to the TŌRI Bar, where expert mixologists craft signature cocktails like the Berry Smash, Kyoto Nigori, and the Godfather, providing the ideal complement to your TŌRI experience.
TŌRI’s dual concept is now available at both locations in Wasl 51 and Khawaneej Walk. Embrace the passage to a new era of dining as Around the Block seamlessly transforms into TŌRI, offering an unparalleled fusion of a cafe coziness and a vibrant Japaneasy-inspired eatery.