There’s a lot to like about Yardbird, a lot, and it has got the right attitude of being a really good izakaya. The place looks cool - it looks more New York then Hong Kong - it offers nose-to-tail eating of a chicken (which almost seems to be the most politically correct foodie way to eat) and it has got a kickass drink list that will keep many happy. Even the name seems right. Yardbird, perhaps implying the happy carefree life that the local chickens that are sourced and used for the yakitori or that it will like to be the local chicken joint where people gravitate to for some comfort food. So it really is no surprise that the once the media got a whiff of this place, it fell in love with it too.
The big BUT for me on this place is that …
The yakitori for me unfortunately did not live up to all that expectations. The yardstick where it fell really short was the chicken wings (tebasaki). The tebasaki wasn’t stretched out to its full potential on the skewer, so instead of getting that really crisp skin that I was hoping for, it was unfortunately still a little flabby because not enough fat was rendered out. It was seasoned well and it was topped off with in-house blended Shichimi Togarashi but that didn’t save it. The non-yakitori items fared better. The KFC – Korean Fried Cauliflower – is great. It is a fabulous way to get children to eat cauliflower (or any vegetable) - lightly fried to a crisp and then coated with a sweet spicy glaze.
33-35 Bridges Street