Popular neighbourhood yakitori restaurant & bar relocates to larger space in Sheung Wan
February 12th, 2018
Yardbird, Hong Kong’s beloved modern izakaya restaurant has moved to a new roost. A must-visit fixture on Hong Kong’s culinary scene since opening in 2011, Yardbird has garnered an almost cult following amongst both local residents and in-the-know visitors. Combining yakitori grill cuisine and the vibrant drinking culture of Japan’s izakaya establishments, Yardbird has excelled with its focus on charcoal-grilled chicken (featuring every edible part of the locally-raised birds) and an expertly curated selection of Japanese small-producer whiskies and sake. And Yardbird’s original trendsetting policy of “no reservations + no service charge” – continues to underscore an ethos of fun, friendly and professional service.
Late in 2017, Yardbird relocated from its original Bridges Street location to a significantly bigger space on Wing Lok Street in the heart of Sheung Wan. At the new space, chef/owner Matt Abergel has collaborated with local designer Sean Dix to recreate the contemporary industrial-chic aesthetic of the original Yardbird – enhanced with original artwork and expanded seating and dining options. An expansive front bar and casual dining area of high tables and counter seats overlook the Wing Lok Street neighbourhood through the full height glass facade. Further inside the main dining room offers table and booth dining settings, while the gleaming open kitchen showcases the custom-built binchotan charcoal grills, and Yardbird kitchen team.
Diners can expect expanded menus for both food and drinks – with daily specials highlighted on wall-mounted menu boards – all fresh produce items are available nightly in limited quantities. Favourite signature dishes from the original Yardbird remain prominent on the new menu – Chicken Meatball Yakitori; Korean Fried Cauliflower; and Fried Chicken. Other specialties from the kitchen include udon and rice dishes, and char-grilled fresh seasonal vegetables. At the large stainless steel bar, Yardbird bartenders serve up traditional cocktails like Whisky Highballs, plus their own creative combinations. Highlights from the extensive beverages list include house-brand sake and aged Japanese whisky from small-producer distilleries.
Yardbird opens Monday to Saturday from 6:00 pm till midnight – and closed on Sundays. No reservations.
(Images courtesy Yardbird)