Following in the footsteps of pop-up maestro Carl Clarke (who opened oriental-influenced chicken spot Chick’n’Sours earlier this year) chef Brett Redman has launched a new yakitori restaurant on Dalston’s Kingsland Road. Jidori – a 40-cover venture named after premium-grade Japanese poultry â€’ opened on Friday 4 December with a 50% off food soft launch (dinner only).
Specialising in Japanese chicken yakitori skewers grilled over hot coals, which are popular as a post-work snack across Tokyo, Jidori features a custom-made artisanal-style Kama Asa grill, and uses sustainable charcoal from the London Log Company.
It’s the fifth venue from chef Brett Redman who first appeared on the London restaurant scene in 2006 when he launched Elliot’s on Bethnal Green Road. He then went to set up Pavilion in Hackney’s Victoria Park, the “ambitious” but “funky” Elliot’s Café which “truly takes on the atmosphere of Borough Market”, and most recently The Richmond – a new breed of gastropub which vaunts Hackney’s only raw bar.
On the menu: Yakitori skewers (obvs); selection of Japanese small plates and rice dishes including Goosnargh chicken, ike jime fish, Spanish yuzu and Japanese herbs and vegetables from Nama Yasai. Meanwhile the bar will serve a number of Japanese spirits, craft beers, whiskies and sakes.
Jidori will be open for dinner 6-11.30 pm Fri & Sat. There’s no ressies (natch) so follow them @jidoriuk for more info.