Please note, Jidori Covent Garden has now closed. If you are looking for a Japanese in Covent Garden however Machiya is a good shout.
Yakitori is a classic Japanese dish of skewered, chargrilled chicken.
And yes, restaurants dedicated to the stuff can get a lot of stick.
But not so for Jidori, the lauded Dalston joint that has proved so unquestionably popular, it’s opened a second site in the more central spot of Covent Garden.
They’ve made their home across three stories of a terraced townhouse, borrowing the same minimalist pale wood and pastels aesthetic from Dalston – and that’s not the only thing, because they’ve brought their head chef Shunta Matsubara with them, too.
And as the seating grows (now fitting 50), so has the menu, with a slew of large and small plates joining the yakitori, as inspired by the Dalston specials board – so you can chow down on tsukune (minced chicken with egg yolk), katsu curry scotch egg, ‘okra-nomiyaki’ and their famed ginger ice cream with miso caramel and sweet potato crisps.
And the best part? They’ve converted the basement into a dedicated private karaoke room.
Singing for your supper never felt so good.
NOTE:Jidori Covent Garden has now closed. If you are looking for a Japanese in Covent Garden however Machiya is a good shout.
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