Launching in Dalston on the 8th of December 2015, Jidori is a new Japanese yakitori restaurant founded by Brett Redman (who recently opened The Richmond in Hackney to great acclaim) and Natalie Lee-Joe.
At hundreds of yakitori joints across Tokyo – especially down the notorious Memory Lane in Shinjuku – chicken skewers are traditionally grilled over open coals, and Jidori brings the hugely popular Japanese street food from Tokyo to east London for the first time.
Serving lunch and dinner, the menu at Jidori focuses on a selection of yakitori skewers – using all parts of the chicken – served alongside inventive Japanese small plates and rice dishes. .
The open kitchen is the heart of Jidori, centred upon its Kama-Asa Shoten grill, a century-old, artisanal grill maker Lee-Joe met whilst travelling across Japan. Kama-Asa also supplies Tokyo’s three Michelin starred Kojyu, Hong Kong’s Yardbird and Page in Paris.
Redman continues his four-year relationship with the London Log Company to source a sustainable charcoal that shares similar properties to traditional Binchotan. The restaurant’s grill and charcoal sees Jidori passionately create an experience as close to a Japanese yakitori-ya as possible.
Jidori seats 40, including those around the open kitchen and custom made grill. With creative branding and concepts by Lee-Joe, the space is designed by Giles Reid, with a minimalist approach yet intimate feel, accented by wood, neat lines and brass trim. Reid’s commercial portfolio includes the Shard and Louis T Blouin Foundation.