After a recent trip to Tokyo, I rediscovered my love of Japanese food which in fairness, hasn't been best represented in London. It can often be difficult to find Japanese food which is both affordable, delicious and isn't just katsu.
A friend recommended Jidori to me and so with cravings in mind off we went, not to the original site in Dalston but to Covent Garden where Jidori takes on a four-storey Georgian town house with an accompanying karaoke room in the basement.
The restaurant is stylish and very minimal we're talking; charcoal and navy walls, large bay windows, light-oak furniture and pastel pink detailing making the space feel cosy and relaxed plus wonderfully chosen crockery – a food stylists dream.
Offering delicious Japanese small plates ideal for sharing with prices eminently suited to casual dining, however the bill will likely exceed once you get a mouthful of their fantastic cocktails and sake selection.
We started with a plate of pickled vegetables before preceding onto the delicious and very instagrammable katsu curry scotch egg, the perfect twist on a pub classic and executed perfectly. Salmon sashimi don was very rich, with a smooth taste perfectly complimented with daikon pickled ginger, egg yolk and a wasabi dressing delivering just the right amount of kick.
Grilled prawns in roasted nori butter offered flavours of the sea which perfectly harmonised with the sweet flesh of the slightly charred prawns. With so many great choices of Yakitori to choose from, you really should visit in a group. We opted for ‘hatsu' (hearts and bacon) and a delicious ‘nasu' miso-glazed aubergine skewers.
Those with a sweet-tooth will find comfort in a ginger ice cream with miso caramel, sweet potato crisps and black sesame praline which was moreish and not for sharing.
Exclusively available at Jidori Covent Garden, you can enjoy their new Omakase menu, meaning ‘chefs choice' in Japanese, the menu beautifully showcases the freshest seasonal ingredients and skills by Head Chef Shunta Matsubara. We will be going back to sample Matsubara's fondest food memories taken from his childhood in Tokyo, Japan.
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