Small in size, punchy in flavour, Jidori Covent Garden does great things with yakitori – and small plates. A 50-cover Japanese cafe that is splendidly soft and giving, we’re not just talking about the convivial staff, think: quivering tofu and silky udon in moreish miso broth topped with just-cooked egg; Katsu Curry Scotch egg teamed with authentically sweet and modestly spicy sauce. Each worthy accompaniments to yakitori, poultry-pillows of firm yet somewhat moist chicken-sticks that linger well after closing time. Sister to popular Dalston haunt, it’s the same East London Izakaya – this time with extra basement karaoke.
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