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Gauri Khan’s First Restaurant ‘Torii’ – Redefines the Fine Dining Experience

Celebrity Interior Designer Gauri Khan has launched her first restaurant, Torii. A progressive Asian restaurant that seamlessly blends global Asian influences, Torii is designed to be an immersive, experiential space with an exciting menu and a technique-driven, yet playful bar program. Gauri has launched the restaurant along with restaurateur Abhayraj Kohli (Director of the Pritam Group) and entrepreneur Tanaaz Bhatia (Founder and Managing Director of Bottomline Media Pvt. Ltd.).

Gauri Khan, Abhayraj Kohli and Tanaaz Bhatia at Torii

Having designed several restaurants in Mumbai and Pune, Gauri has now effortlessly forayed into her first hospitality venture with this distinctive new space. The restaurant, aptly named ‘Torii,’ whose actual meaning in Japanese is a ‘traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of a Shinto shrine,’ now serves as the doorway to a culinary haven in its new avatar. The design reflects a forward-thinking approach to Asian cuisine, creating a contemporary and dynamic atmosphere that caters to diverse tastes.

Says Gauri, Once I began designing restaurants it got me thinking how I could be more involved in this industry which I find exciting. With Torii, Abhayraj, Tanaaz and I wanted to create a sophisticated, and glamourous restaurant & bar where quality is seen in everything from the food to the drinks and of course, the design.”

Striking Design

Gauri Khans design ingeniously balances the indoor and outdoor spaces found at Torii, creating a seamless fluidity that enhances the overall dining experience. Her distinctive design aesthetic shines through in the restaurant’s color palette. A combination of gold, black, and white, accented with touches of red and green, creates a visually stunning space. Her signature style is that of restrained glamour, creating highly sophisticated interiors which are welcoming and warm.

As guests arrive, they are greeted by a large, statement door in dark green, framed in backlit black and white onyx. This sets the tone for the high-octane glamour that awaits. A dedicated bar, complete in back-painted green glass with brass accents and a back-lit onyx floor is destined to become the city’s newest hot spot. The al fresco dining area features seating in black and grey print fabric, back-painted green glass table tops, and brushed brass accents that add an additional element of sophistication. An abundance of greenery and large mirrors strategically placed in the al fresco courtyard and beyond, add a touch of elegance while reflecting the beauty of the surroundings.

Inside, the restaurant features banquettes in red houndstooth, which perfectly complement the back-painted red dining tables. The interiors feel like a perfectly crafted jewel box, with a mirrored ceiling, fluted glass windows, brushed bronze accents and shiny red and green tables and bar fronts. Custom-made, abstract art completes the look. A meticulously crafted sushi counter (designed to seat five guests) has pride of place, and allows diners to witness the culinary artistry up close. The design of the sushi counter reflects Gauris commitment to creating immersive dining spaces that elevate the overall experience for guests.

An additional element of fun has been woven into the dining experience – as guests are seated, they’re presented with tarot cards, designed to ‘predict the future of the meal’ based on what card they pick. This lends an element of engagement and interactivity from the get-go, allowing guests to get more involved in their dining experience.

A Culinary Adventure

Torii’s exciting new menu is crafted by Chef Stefan Gadit, offering dishes influenced by his Canadian roots, Indian-Jewish heritage and thoroughly global approach to cuisine. Chef Gadit and his team take diners on a culinary adventure, treating taste buds to a smorgasbord of flavours. Here, ingredients are the hero: a selection of fresh Nigiri Sushi & Sashimi including Chu Toro; and Saba (mackerel); Maki Rolls featuring the Dirty Truffle (avocado, crispy shimeji and truffle mayo); and the Dirty Torii (tuna, salmon, Hamachi, mirin, truffle mayo); and Signature Cold Dishes offering a number of carpaccio’s, begin the meal on a high note. Salads and Snacks & Tempura like the indulgent Jacket Potato with truffle, crisps and shiso butter; flavourful Tenderloin Sliders, aged cheddar, truffled mayo, bao bun; and Enoki Mushroom Tempura, seaweed wrap, spicy mayo, bang bang dip are an ideal complement and serve as great sharing plates.

From the Charcoal Grill, guests can sample dishes like Yakiniku Baby Corn, whipped feta, pickled onions, truffle popcorn; the rich flavours of Caramelized PorkBelly, char sui sauce, leeks and Nam Jim; and Shrimp Kushiyaki, gochujang, furikake and shrimp chips.

Torii’s Signature Dishes offer picks like Yakinuku Lobster, herbed seaweed butter and charred Italian lemon; the comforting Truffle Mushroom Ramen, bamboo shoots, bok choy and corn; and for those looking for a heartier option, Torii Steak & Chips, 8 oz tenderloin (buff), black garlic butter, and chimichurri.

A variety of Dim Sum, including some unusual picks such as Jalapeno Cottage Cheese Mushi Gyoza with coriander and fresh red chillies; and Thai ChickenMyushi Gyoza with lemon grass, galangal, red chili and basil, is ideal to snack on and share. A hearty range of Wok offerings includes Torii Hand-MadeNoodles with bell peppers, Chinese cabbage, carrot and bok choy; Sea Bass with XO sauce, wood ear mushrooms and scallions; and Cottage Cheese & Snow Pea with Thai chili, spinach and coriander.

A delectable selection of Desserts offers options like Yuzu Mielle Feuille, orange cream, orange salad and puff pastry; Shibuya Toast, creme Chantilly, honey ice cream and macerated berries; and The Tropics, coconut panna cotta, mango jelly, pineapple and passion fruit sorbet.

Curated Cocktails

An extraordinary bar program features cocktails that are inspired by the rich culinary heritage of various Asian countries. The skilled bar team of mixologists have pushed the boundaries of mixology utilizing modern techniques like distilling and clarification, as well as innovative processes like fat washing. Truly unique flavor profiles seamlessly meld together into drinks that are balanced and refined, while serving as a perfect complement to the food. Diners can enjoy a Simmered Shiitake-infused cocktail, reminiscent of umami-rich Japanese food; the spicy and aromatic Tom-Yum Soup-inspired cocktail; the Matcha Tea Ceremony cocktail that offers a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation; and the luscious Mango Sticky Rice-inspired cocktail where the sweetness of mangoes meets the creamy richness of coconut milk in liquid form. The mixologists don’t stop just at the drinks – even the garnishes are given special attention, creating drinks that are as delightful to look at as they are to sip on. Mushroom-shaped meringue; delicate, matcha flavoured tuile; and even crispy, batter-fried seaweed garnish for an extra touch of crunch add to the playfulness and greatly add to the visual appeal of the cocktails.

Torii, co-owned and designed by Gauri Khan, is not just a restaurant; its a symphony of design elements that come together to create a harmonious space. With its progressive Asian cuisine, versatile layout, and signature aesthetic, Torii stands as a testament to Gauri Khans ability to transform spaces into unforgettable experiences.

Torii

21, Pali Hill Road

Union Park

Khar (West)

Mumbai – 400052

Hours of Operation: 7:00 pm to 1:00 am, Tuesday – Sunday

Mondays Closed

Telephone number: +91 98333 73888 / +91 98205 67679

Instagram: @torimumbai

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