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, which has just announced the opening of its second site in the more central spot of Covent Garden.
They’ll be making 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’re bringing their head chef Shunta Matsubara with them, too.
And as the seating grows (now fitting 50), so will the menu, with a slew of large and small plates joining the yakitori, as inspired by the Dalston specials board – so you can expect to see 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’re converting the basement into a dedicated private karaoke room.
Singing for your supper never felt so good.
NOTE: Jidori Covent Garden is set to open in February 2018. We’ll be back with the full scoop when it does, but in the meantime you can check out their website here, or trial out the Dalston original here…
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