* Disclosure: I was invited to dine as a guest. All opinions are my own.
Walking along the high street in Dalston, each joint and establishment has its own unique character, and together it makes a wonderfully diverse and vibrant neighbourhood. A few weeks ago, this new-to-us small restaurant caught my eye immediately. Jidori's interiors are stunning – minimalist, balanced, pastel colours – pretty much how I'd like my ideal home to look. That day I was actually on my way to dine elsewhere, but couldn't resist a quick pre-dinner dinner (a 'bang-bang', any Louis CK fans?) and loved every bite. This week I returned to try the new Omakase menu – a selection of yakitori with sides and small plates.
The frozen yuku margarita with a kick of chilli was sublime, as was my favourite shiso lemonade. Both perfect for a hot, muggy, English summer's evening!
We ordered two sharing plates – tempura okra and Koji fried chicken – along with the Omakase menu to try a variety of yakitori served with some set sides. Every dish was beautifully presented and flavours were well thought-out.
I've now been to Jidori twice and am completely smitten. Tasty dishes, elegant decor and friendly service... what more could I ask for?