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Jidori Dalston

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SquareMeal Review of Jidori Dalston

Bronze Award

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.

 

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Japanese
Ambience
Cool, Quiet conversation
People
Dates, Group dining [8+]
Food Hygiene Rating

Location

89 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2PB
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Opening Times

Sat-Sun 12N-4pm Tues-Sat 6-11pm (Fri-Sat -12M)

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Vi Vian

05 March 2016  
Food & Drink 3
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 3
Jidori, name of a bird.
Jidori was fresh - to the restaurant scene in Dalston, as they had just opened in December 2015 - and bright. The good lighting condition meant that we could read the menu properly but the bonus came in photographing food. In any case, Jidori needed that lighting. Because without an obvious front sign, it was quite tricky to find. You would want to look out for an eatery with a mixture of white to cream coloured interior of stools and bar seat. And of course, the obvious bar area. Jidori prides themselves on their poultry (Jidori is a special breed of free-range chicken) hence the menu has a spectrum of chicken dishes from eggs, breast, thighs to parson's nose! Yup, you read it right; even parson's nose! Dishes were priced in the range of £3.00 - £6.00, so expect tapas like portions. The distinction of starters to the yakitoris (skewer food) was mainly because Jidori specialises in skewer food. It adopts the casual and free style of serving food as and when it was ready. Jidori is perfectly good as a casual midweek dinner. Larger groups are also welcomed but an odd number of people would make it difficult to split the dishes evenly. We didn't book a table, taking for granted that as it was midweek there would be no problem, and we were early. The evening turned out to be busy but not packed so it had a good buzz. It is not everyday that I let someone else take full authority in ordering but with Tamsin, being a food devotee and enthusiast I knew I would be in good hands. I did silently pray she was going to save some room for dessert. And, she did, good girl! The easy part of the dessert was that there was only one choice.

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