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Torigo

Japanese Modern Japanese

196 Jericho Turnpike, Floral Park, NY 11001
Tel: 516-352-1116
www.torigorestaurant.com
Lunch, Mon-Fri: 11:30am-3pm
Dinner, Mon-Thurs: 5pm-10pm, Fri: 5pm-10:30pm
Sat: 2:30pm-10:30pm, Sun: 5pm-9:30pm

Crisply starched tablecloths and an open kitchen are a warm sight when entering Torigo, a welcoming place, just as owner Aki Hirahata wanted. The unique menu features Japanese items with a twist, and Hirahata’s roots in western style cooking are evident. The main house rule is to avoid chemical additives, like MSG, as much as possible. Based on a desire to have customers eat food as close to its natural form as possible, sauce preparation starts in the morning and the vegetable broths that make the base of the sauces slowly simmer throughout the day. One of the fruits of this labor is the popular menu item “tropical chicken teriyaki.” The teriyaki sauce is made with pineapple, apple, and vegetables that have been simmered till they disintegrate and form a silky sauce. Since the fruit naturally sweetens the sauce, it tastes light, without any of the sweetness that tends to characterize teriyaki sauce. Hirahata, who wanted to be a photographer in his youth, says that in both photography and food, the key is pursuing the unique appeal of the ingredients you work with. This philosophy is apparent in each of his dishes, and turns the act of eating them into a small joyful experience.

TROPICAL CHICKEN TERIYAKI

Browned chicken is slathered with a homemade sauce
made with fruits and vegetables for depth of flavor ($13.90). Perfect with a side of rice.

The most popular dish among Japanese customers BEST 3!

(1)Gindara & Shrimp Teriyaki ($17.95)
(2)Pork Teriyaki Ginger ($14.95)
(3)Salmon Teriyaki ($15.90)