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Its location near the KL City Centre means that it attracts diners that range from tourists and families to office crowds from morning until late night. Designed as a chilled and laidback place for diners to enjoy good food and drinks with a seamless indoor/al fresco vibe, Tujo is great as a place to celebrate special occasions with your loved ones as its warm and welcoming ambiance and fantastic service will help you make good memories.
The menu at Tujo has a huge variety but everything is organised methodically to help you decide your mains, be it for your lunch or dinner. Comfort food is a huge selling point here, with selections like pastas, pizzas, soups and salads which will be sure to please anybody in a large group of patrons. What Tujo does brilliantly is give all-time favourite dishes in its menu a creative twist to localise their flavours.
For instance, a must-try appetiser is the Tujo stinger satay, a delightful six-stick chicken skewers with pineapple salsa, nuts and spicy shrimp paste. The tartness and sweetness of the pineapple complements the shrimp paste and well-marinated satay meat. There’s regular satay here as well, but why go for normal when you can be different? Other sharing snacks to consider include the chicken tikka, spiced chicken Kerala and the cheekily named Monkey Platter, consisting of chicken lobak, fried wantan, crab claw, mini chicken pandan and fried seafood tofu.
Soup lovers will not be disappointed by its comforting Tujo mushroom soup, made from seven types of mushroom, or its oxtail soup for a more Malaysian zing. Balance the rich tatse of the meaty appetisers and flavourful soups with a light spinach, melon and feta salad.
When it comes to mains, look no further than ordering off the grills. The Dinosaur Ribs are heaven-sent, 500gm prime rib on the bone, best to share if there’s two or three of you. Go for black pepper crust and indulge in sides of creamy spinach and garlic mash in order to have a well-balanced trio of textures and flavours. Crispy from the grill on the outside but tender on the inside, you can taste the quality of the meat from the first bite. If you are not a big eater, the tenderloin is a good recommendation.
Aomething else to check off your eat list at Tujo is the pizza, just for its unique infused crust. The choice is between squid ink or spinach crust; the latter is good for vegetarians. Try the Quattro Formagio pizza with four types of cheese: brie, emmenthal, parmesan and mozzarella. The crust is flavourful from infused squid ink, and the use of rocket salad leaves baked into the cheese also gives the decadent pizza a nice bite and soothe the guilt factor in a carb overloaded slice.
Fancy a gourmet spin to local cuisine? There is curry laksa and nasi lemak in Tujo’s main course choices as well, alongside Western favourites like lamb shank and parmesan seabass.
Last but not least, round up your tastebuds with desserts here. The tropical fruit pavlova is a heavenly concoction that just melts in the mouth. The restaurant generously loads fruits like grapes, mangoes, mata kucing and strawberries as toppings to give a natural sweetness to the pavlova. The salted caramel apple guava tart is served fresh off the oven with an apple dragonfruit sauce and a scoop of Haagen Dazs vanilla ice-cream.
Like its food menu, Tujo’s drinks menu is extensive, and covers cocktails, wines and liquors. Localised cocktails are highly recommended here, be it its asam boi or the mango lychee. It also boasts three award-winning cocktails exclusive to the restaurant, one of which is the masculine Funeral for Jack made with bourbon, passion fruit puree, maple syrup, apple juice and basil leaves. Also popular are the sweet white wine sangrias, especially its watermelon flavoured one.
Service is prompt and friendly as well as enthusiastic. Sharing plates are promptly cleared with attention and the staff especially look like they have a lot of fun working there. The wait staff are knowledgeable on what to try and offer their opinions and suggestions with professional discretion.
It’s definitely better to come to Tujo in groups because it’s the best way for diners to try many things from its extensive food and drinks menu without being too full at one sitting. Tujo regularly offers happy hour and drinks promotions that will give even more bang for your buck.