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The latest venture from Aussie chef Brett Redman, Jidori is a Japanese yakitori (grilled skewers) joint. Juicy Goosnargh chicken – thighs with spring onion; wings with shiso and grilled lemon; hearts and bacon – forms the meat of the fairly priced menu, though there’s a couple of vegetarian choices. The aubergine doused in miso butter is memorable, as is tsukune (tender minced chicken skewers with egg-yolk dip). An additional short selection of small plates occasionally veers into fusion street-food territory, including runny Scotch egg in katsu curry sauce, and koji-fried chicken perfectly seasoned with nori salt and lemon juice. The brief yet brilliant cocktail menu also uses Japanese flavours to great effect, with beer and saké providing back-up. Filled with local trendies, Jidori’s interior is a bright functional box of a room with chefs preparing food in full view – comfortable, no, but ideal for a bite before heading to the Rio Cinema.