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Yardbird, Sheung wan, Hong Kong

Yardbird, the new talk of town, it was even mentioned in the SMH paper. Located in Sheung Wan, this new place offers diners a neck-to-feet chicken yakitori amongst other things. No reservation, queues are long but there is a bar in which you can wait and have a drink or two. Opened by former Zuma chef Matt Abergel, this place has great service and a very relaxed atmosphere.

I was catching up two of my dearest friends in Hong Kong (and boy have I missed them) and R suggested this place. Thankfully we got there relatively early at 6.30pm and probably took the last table for three! We were all starving and were ready for a good meal.

The menu consists of a couple of sections, you start with the ‘Smaller’ dishes, then ‘Yakitori’ dishes which is the neck-to-toe chicken – everything on the yakitori dishes is chicken and if you are still hungry, then to the bigger and rice section.

We started with the corn tempura with salt and pepper (HKD85) – four perfectly round corn balls, it was deliciously crunchy,  incredibly sweet and frigging juicy! It was probably one of our favourites for the evening.

I noticed ‘KFC’ – first thought was Korean Fried Chicken, alas it wasn’t. It actually stood for Korean Fried Cauliflower (HKD75) with yuzu and chilli. It was melt-in-your-mouth perfection, and quite crispy. It was a little disappointing I thought, I think fried chicken with yuzu and chilli would definitely have been better!

Now, the yakitori bit – we wanted one of each. The thigh (HKD38 per skewer) was deliciously tender and juicy but nothing special I thought.

The meatball (HKD42) which was served with this tangy sauce and raw egg yolk was incredible. Perfectly cooked chicken breast which was slightly crumbed and dipped in the sauce was absolutely delicious.

The oyster (HKD42) which is the dark meat near the thigh or as the waiter described ‘love handles’ were definitely our favourite skewer of the night. Two round pieces of dark meat, incredibly tender, ridiculously fantastic.

We wanted a taste of the liver, heart and gizzard just to see what it was all about. All were smoky, salty, and juicy. The liver (HKD38) creamy inside. (these were so unattractive to photo!)

The heart (HK38) was sprinkled with ginger and spring onion and it was also quite tasty, but not as good as the oyster.

The gizzard (HK38) which was cooked with olive oil and garlic was nice but nothing special I thought.

Overall, the three hungry girls were STILL hungry, but we didn’t really want to try anything else. Overall, it was good, I understand all the hype but it didn’t really satisfy us – we all wanted to eat more, and in hindsight we could have ordered more, but wanted something different, think we were all ‘chicken-out’. Total bill came to HKD860 which is about AUD$125, which was ok, but didn’t blow our minds off. However, the service was friendly and tentative.

So where did three hungry girls roam after an unfulfilling meal? Paisano’s Pizzeria to get one of the biggest slice of pizza I have ever seen. It was seriously bigger than my head and for (HKD30 – which is less than $5) it was well worth it! Not to mention we got some ice cream and chatted the night away.

I have definitely missed you guys and am looking forward to making the move next year!

As for Yardbird, it was good and am glad that we tried it, not sure if I would go back but it was fun, and if you like chicken, then definitely give it ago. I love yakitori, but I think prefer the vast variety of meat (ie chicken, pork, seafood) and not just chicken. Just remember to rock up early, when we left at 8pm, it was busy and a wait of more than an hour!

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10

Yardbird

33 – 35 Bridge Street

Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2547 9273

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  1. November 26, 2011 at 12:38 am

    man! chicken! i am so there…. hurry boo, get some teeth…we can go visit auntie GA… oh wait, you forgot who she is already huh?… heheh…

    • November 26, 2011 at 9:02 am

      you should try it uncle, next time you are in HK! boo will never forget her gorgeous aunty who always cuddle and kiss him! lol

  2. November 26, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Such a shame that Yardbird didn’t quite hit the spot, as the loved the look of the corn fritters, and lol to the KFC I would have thought it was chicken too. Sounds like you’re having a great time 🙂

    • November 26, 2011 at 9:02 am

      hey dumpling girl, its a shame, but the corn fritters was delish! i know right? considering they have everything chicken, you would think KFC would be chicken!

  3. November 27, 2011 at 10:25 am

    The corn fritters look awesome! Love yakitori, head to toe just like in Japan, delicious.

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