loti eats | jidori covent garden

The original Jidori is one of Dalston’s best restaurants, a simple but classy affair specialising in Japanese yakitori (grilled skewers) and the legendary katsu curry scotch egg. With the success of the first restaurant, Jidori’s owners Brett Redman and Natalie Lee-Jo have opened a brand new site in Covent Garden and we went by to check it out last week.

If you’ve been to the Dalston branch, the vibe of the place will be instantly familiar with simple, light wooden furniture and pastel green tabletops but sadly there’s no open kitchen set up here, which is one of our fave parts of the original. There’s a lot more room here though, with 50 covers over two floors plus a karaoke room in the basement so we’ll let them off!

The menu will be familiar too, being largely the same but with a few new additions such as green tea noodles with yuba and kikarage and a grilled onion salad with red shisho and ume dressing. We’re a sucker for the classics though and went for that katsu curry scotch egg and salmon tataki, just lightly grilled on the outside, for our two starters.

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A selection of yakitori followed: chicken thigh with spring onion; chicken wing with lemon; and shiitake mushroom as well as an amazing tonkatsu (breaded pork chop). We absolutely love tonkatsu and this is definitely one of the best we’ve had in London. We finished up with another of Jidori’s most popular dishes (and for good reason), the ginger ice cream, miso caramel, sweet potato crisps and black sesame praline.

We’re glad to see Jidori doing well and expanding and it’s good to have them in a more central location too. So if you’ve never had Jidori before, now’s your chance to put that right.

15 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JZ
jidori.co.uk