“Eat, Drink & Play” – that’s the tagline of Tujo, a bar-sserie and grill restaurant located on the ground floor of Ascott Residences. And now when you step into their rejuvenated premises, you would be more than enticed to practise just exactly what their tagline preaches.
Looking very much like a tropical glasshouse with tropical foliage covering its nooks and corners, there’s a sense of green calm about the place. Despite being surrounded by skyscrapers all around, Tujo feels like a playful oasis filled with the elements of food, drinks and just generally chilling out.
With its recent facelift, Tujo now showcases a new repertoire in its kitchen and bar. I’m told that there’s a new selection of premium cuts from the grill – the Tomahawk, a glorious Sanchoku Wagyu from Australia weighing in at a resounding 1.3kg! It’s incomparable especially when topped with Burnt Raclette, another new item on their menu.
There are new dishes like the Lemon Pepper Halibut, Black Miso Haddock, Kuro Squid Ink Pasta, Teriyaki Chicken Pizza, Basil Walnut Chicken Pasta and the ever-popular Short Rib Nasi Lemak.
Kuro Squid Ink Pasta – tossed squid ink spaghetti with crab meat, sliced geoduck and salmon roe
Teriyaki Chicken Pizza – a thin-crust pizza topped with grilled chicken, white radish, bonito flakes with teriyaki sauce and wasabi mayo
Basil Walnut Chicken Pasta – another popular pasta dish using fettucine tossed in a creamy nutty sauce with grilled chicken
Short Rib Nasi Lemak – a deluxe take on nasi lemak, served with grilled spicy short ribs
There’s also fresh succulent oysters from the Oyster Bar serving fine Irish, Dutch or French oysters.
The Bar at Tujo has crafted a range of new cocktails named “Hometown Hooch” showcasing 16 new “Malaysiana” drinks with alcoholic twists. Don’t miss out their boozy interpretations of Malaysian favourites like the “Hang Li Mau” (rum, calamansi, lime juice and gula melaka) or “Mat Kool” – my favourite concoction of tequila, orange liqueur, elderflower syrup, lemon juice, sea coconut, longan and orange liqueur jelly! Check out also their devilish ice lollies like the Mystic Manggis and the Naughty Nangka – it’s love at first lick!
Ascott Kuala Lumpur
No.9 Jalan Pinang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Open: Mondays-Sundays: 7am till closing