Worldwide icon-chevron-right Europe icon-chevron-right United Kingdom icon-chevron-right England icon-chevron-right London icon-chevron-right Jidori


Restaurants, Japanese Dalston
5 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(17user reviews)

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

A Japanese yakitori restaurant from Brett Redman, the man behind Elliot's Café in Borough Market and The Richmond, in Haggerston.

We’ve all done it: had two too many beers and found ourselves wiping the chicken grease from our lips, regretting the wings even as we stuff them in. What is it about alcohol that makes you crave chicken? Well, as a far more advanced civilisation, Japan recognises this. Its izakayas – like pubs, but with better food and worse beer – serve up almost anything chicken-related on a stick. Juicy chicken hearts, chicken intestines (said to be wonderful for your skin) and chicken skin, are all given the skewer-plus-grill treatment. Essentially there to mop up the saké, they just happen to be really great bar snacks. Jidori, the new yakitori restaurant from Brett Redman has taken izakaya cooking and put it front and centre.

‘Yakitori’ literally translates as ‘fry chicken’ but there’s nothing Dixie about it. The chickens are free-range Goosnargh, hailing from Swainson House Farm in Lancashire. The closest you’ll get to yakitori’s Deep South cousin is the koji chicken – deep-fried chunks of thigh. It’s indulgent, to be sure, but the coating is dry and crisp – this is undoubtedly the best karaage I’ve had in London. Each skewer is very different; the wing with shiso and lemon was crisp, pleasantly sweet and a little sharp. The moreish tsukune skewers – packed full of chives – came with a raw egg to dip the meat into. There’s also a nice twist on English pub grub with a katsu curry scotch egg – the yolk runny, the coating crisp, the meat juicy: it was great. The negima brought back memories of Japanese festivals: the best thing about Jidori is how evocative the flavours are – everything tastes just as it would in Japan.

With a nice selection of craft beers – local and Japanese – plus a well-curated cocktail menu, the drinking element is more than taken care of. We really enjoyed our ‘Shiso into you’ (with a name like that, how could you not?), a spin on a classic sour: it was sharp and frothy, while the delicate shiso held its own against the alcohol.

Go with a group of friends, try as many dishes and drinks as humanly possible, and give Morley’s a miss on the way home.


Address: 89 Kingsland High St
E8 2PB
Transport: Dalston Kingsland Overground
Do you own this business?

Users say (17)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:7
  • 4 star:4
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:2
2 people listening
1 of 1 found helpful

Great night out !!!

My favourite dished were:

Katsu Curry Scoth Egg

Chilled Udon and onsen egg was new and interesting !!!

Tsukune Yakitori

MUST HAVE - Ginger ice cream with miso caramel, sweet potato crisps

We had a few Jidori pickle backs which were great, I haven't had a Japanese version one of these before.

1 of 1 found helpful

Great for a night out in Dalston, I went with 4 people we shared a load of small plates. I liked the mix of getting the small plates and skewers and our favourite was the Katsu Curry Scotch egg. It was great that we got to try lots of small dishes and there was a great selection of the cocktails. I really liked the taspo and my partner liked the natural sake. 

The interior was nice and modern and didn't play to any Japanese stereotypes. 

The bill was reasonable and is better quality than the other food that is on offer in Dalston.

1 of 1 found helpful

As a lover of this style of food I was excited to read about Jidori's opening, but perhaps I set my expectations too high. While there was nothing notable bad about the experience, it left me feeling a bit 'meh'. 

Food was OK, but there were no stand-out dishes which left me wanting more. The mackerel tartare was probably my favourite the dishes I tried, but the portion was small for what is the most expensive dish on the menu.

I associate this style of food with cosy little venues, sitting close to the grill and picking and choosing new dishes as you go. The environment here felt a little sterile and took some of the soul away from the classic 'izakaya' experience.

A venue I wanted to love, but unfortunately not one I'll be rushing back to.


You know I love a scotch egg and was excited to try the katsu one at Jidori... But felt a bit cheated that the katsu was just a side sauce. The egg was actually really nice though.

Wheelchair access ✔️


In Japan, you can sit at a tiny yakitori bar and choose as much yakitori as you shake a stick at (#sorrynotsorry), watch them cook it in front of you and drink beer on tap. It’s a great atmosphere and bound to give you rosy cheeks, so I was pretty excited to try Jidori.

What we had: 

• Omakase: Negima, Tebasaki, Tsukune plus pickles, sesame & chilli cucumbers, green, rice & an onsen egg

• Katsu curry scotch egg

The curry scotch egg was tasty and the egg yolk runny (a must), though it may be slightly on the pricier side for one serving (£6). Definitely get a serving of rice to go with your yakitori as it can be a little salty and the rice balances things out. The Negima (chicken and spring onion) was quite salty but tender and the spring onion sweet - perfect with a bowl of rice. The Tebasaki (chicken wings) were also tender and the meat well cooked, coming off the bone easily. The Tsukune (a chicken meatball or in this case, shaped into a sausage) was flavoursome and had good colour. The pickles and rice helped cut through the saltiness of the yakitori and were good accompaniments. For the brave and adventurous, try the “hāto" or "hatsu" (chicken heart), I promise you it’s delicious and something different to try. A cute little establishment, my only criticism is that I had hoped for more charcoal flavour but I’ll definitely be back to try the rest of the menu.

Tip: there is only stool seating so it’s quite a casual affair - they also have a lunch menu which looks delicious and is under a tenner.

Good For: small groups, cheap and cheerful, casual lunch/ dinner, takeaway, catch up with friends.


Great little spot with good food, stylish decor and friendly staff. Came here with my partner on a Friday evening - as we had no idea what to order, we went for the Omakase option (£18pp for a selection of yakitori and small plates). The chicken wings and negima were particularly delicious. For dessert, we had a dish consisting of ginger ice cream, miso caramel, sweet potato crisps and black sesame praline, which was divine. 

It was a little pricey - our meal for 2 (omakase + dessert + 2 beers + 2 cocktails + service charge) came to £80. Still, well worth a visit for lovers of Japanese food. 


I was more impressed with the venue - its interior designs and atmosphere - than the actual food. It was my first experience of yakitory and wasn't quite sure of what to expect. Some of the flavours didn't really do for me and dishes are quite small for the price you pay. I left the place hungry.


I went here for a Saturday dinner with my fiancé and we ate at the counter just in front of the chef preparing the dishes. The experience I'm sure was slightly different from eating at a normal table, we ended up looking at each dish being prepared and it was quite fascinating. 

We had the Tasting Menu that had an appetiser and different type of yakitory. Everything was not just delicious but original and creative. 

The interior design is well curated and very impressive, I personally like "north Europe" design so I enjoyed very much.


I love Japanese food but this was my first experience of yakitori. It was enjoyable and everything we ate tasted good (pickles, katsu scotch egg, chicken and aubergine skewers and grilled rice balls), but nothing was particularly stand-out that I would rush back for.

There’s no wine on the menu, but the Saki was delicious and well recommended. The staff member serving us was really lovely and knowledgeable, and the service very fast (it’s not a big place).

The bright lighting and wooden chairs and the speed of the food make it quite a quick turnaround meal, rather than somewhere you’d get comfy in for an evening, but this would do you if you were looking for a quick bite in the area. Not cheap but I felt it was fairly priced.

On a non-food related note, I think the branding is beautiful – logo, website, open kitchen interior etc.

If you’re looking for Japanese food in the area, Brilliant Corners would still be my number 1. But if you’re looking to try something a bit different then definitely give Jidori a go!  

A complete disappointment and rip off. Plates were so incredibly small it is totally overpriced, especially as food is pretty bland. Cocktails were great, but again, incredibly small. First and last time for me here.


Finally I thought London was going to get the yakitori restaurant it deserved having missed it so much since coming back from Japan.

Unfortunately jidori was disappointing, the best thing being the umeshu soda I had to drink, which took me straight back to the golden gai bar district in Tokyo.

Yakitori is a simple art but one which requires attention to detail, which I felt had been overlooked. Skewers were burnt, dry and under seasoned. The tare was thin and watery and the skewering of the chicken was at best messy. An utter shame considering the great chicken they use.

Other reviews are so positive that I feel I might have gone on a very bad night, but unfortunately I won't be going back to see if this is the case.

Nearby Restaurants

    Snap up exclusive discounts in London

    Time Out's handpicked deals — hurry, they won't be around for long...