Jidori Restaurant, Dalston


One of Dalston’s newest and darn right coolest resident eateries, Jidori has managed to hatch a new sense of “egg-sitement” among the lovers of the traditional Japanese dish, Yakitori.


Dare I say, perhaps too many poultry puns in one sentence?


Located off of Kingsland High Street, Jidori first opened its doors to the public back in December 2015 to rave reviews from high brow publications such Harpers Bazaar, Another Magazine and The Evening Standard.  Even more impressively The Evening Standards official restaurant critic Faye Maschler, crowned Jidori’s “Ginger ice-cream with miso caramel, Sweet Potato crisps and black sesame” her “Dessert of the Year”!

Luckily for the green but au fait restaurant, the outpour of positive reviews have yet to cease for the New Year as Time Out London, Mitchelin Guide and BBC Lifestyle Director of Good Food, LuLu Grimes have all praised Jidori’s perfection in the Yakitori tradition.

For those who are not familiar with the term “Jidori”, it loosely translates from Japanese to English as “from the ground”. The term derives from a common Japanese custom whereby premium grade, free-range and mixed-bred chickens are slaughtered, then quickly transported to chefs where they are then served to customers all within a mere 24 hours. As the chickens are fed on a meticulous all-vegetarian non chemical diet, this particular process is said to make the birds leaner thus improving the freshness and taste of the meat; an ethos which founders Brett Redman and Natalie Lee-Joe swear by.


When the worlds of art, business and food collide, ultimately deciding to create abreast; something pretty special is bound to emerge. This is precisely what arose for founders Redman and Lee-Joe, who used their respective fields of expertise to their advantage when developing Jidori.

Redman, the entrepreneur responsible for The Richmond, and Lee-Joe, a former creative strategist for Saatchi and Saatchi, elected to merge their differing culinary and creative arts backgrounds; birthing a restaurant bursting with the “impeccable freshness” of Japanese culture meanwhile encompassing an esthetical interior that is none too dissimilar to a intricately staged page from an IKEA catalogue.


An interior which, I might add, was unsurprisingly voted as “Interior of the Week” by ELLE Decoration team back in January. Many a swoon was chiefly in response to Redman and Lee’s love of minimalism and their clean lines, pale woods and pastel themed décor.


Staying true to the Japanese custom, the intimately constructed 40 diner capacity with open kitchen acts as a nice feature for fastidious British diners. This feature allows punters to witness their skewered Yakitori freshly prepared right before their eyes on an impressive Kama-Asa charcoal grill sourced directly from Tokyo, Japan.


While most may agree that a menu primarily centred around “chicken skewers” is perhaps a tad bit uninspiring, I however feel that Jidori’s founders have truly excelled in putting their own unique stamp on a customary dish.

Which ultimately rouses my belief that if Redman and Lee have managed to transform a relatively simplistic but popular Japanese street food into a trendy dish within a incredibly saturated and gentrified area such as Dalston, (which sees restaurants come and go faster than a newly recruited Destiny Child’s member), then there is no doubt that this intimate restaurant may just be around for quite some time.

– Discreet Muse xo

Originally written for JPR MEDIA GROUP.