Ever been to a Yakitori restaurant? Nor had we until last week, and it did not disappoint.
This traditional Japanese restaurant have got it right, so right that we were visiting the second Jidori after the first one was set up in Dalston. Jidori take their name from the special breed of free-range chickens renowned for their robust flavour and impeccable freshness in Japan. Staying true to this ethos, they use only the freshest free-range birds, utilising every part of the chicken – whether it’s on a stick, flavouring the broth or enhancing the tare.
My lunch date and I hit up Jidori on a blustery August Friday. The Covent Garden Jidori is centrally located on Catherine Street, with fresh simplistic interiors and high tables dotted around. After having a stalk of Jidori's mouth-watering Instagram page there were already a few must-haves to be ordered!
Having recently become a scotch egg lover I am not let down by Jidori's version. This is a scotch egg is unlike any I have come across, albeit on my short quest of trying scotch eggs around London. This scotch egg has a twist, the twist, katsu sauce. The outside of the egg is deliciously crisp whilst the soft gooey inside of the egg combined with the katsu sauce melts in your mouth. We could have both be done there, five stars from us already. But we'd ordered a selection of bits to try from the menu and as our next dish arrived we were glad we hadn't finished there. We tucked into a crispy white cabbage, avocado and tofu salad, a recipe I will be taking home with me for sure! The sauces added to this salad really brought it to life making it incredibly moreish.
The delicious food is down to not only the exquisite work of the chef but also aided by their custom made Kama-Asa Shoten grills, sourced directly from Tokyo whilst the owners were on their travels collecting inspiration. For our main we opted for the rice bowls that all come with rice, seaweed, kimchee, spinach and onsen egg; top this with your choice of Yakitori or Kushiyaki for the perfect lunchtime rice bowl. We were extremely saytisfied and full to the brim, ready to take on the August gales.
Jidori isn't just known for their delicious Japanese cuisine but also their cocktails and find yourself sinking a few on a Friday or a Saturday you can head to the downstairs of Jidori, grab a mike and light up the karaoke room! Our favourite cocktails were the Ginger Ninja, Akita and Tomu Margarita - I'm not sure how we didn't end up in the karaoke room ourselves!
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