It’s rare to get satisfaction from a meal in Hong Kong without emptying your wallet and muttering unhappily as you saunter out at the distaste- not the case of Yardbird. My friends and I decided to hit up Yardbird on a weekday for a quick catch up, I had never been to Yardbird nor had a seen it around.
Yardbird is tucked away near Oola on the border of Soho & Sheungwan. Since Yardbird doesn’t take reservations and we heard about the legendary waiting lines- in our minds we started to think about a backup just incase. Luckily the line waiting outside turned out to be smokers just loitering and we were seated downstairs within five minutes. If you live in Hong Kong long enough, what I felt is quite rare- overabundance of staff rushing around, waiters bustling away with a SMILE (shockingly) and servers knowing the menu inside-out.
We were greeted with a lovely waiter who asked
“Have you been here before?”
To which we replied “No”, and he took us through the menu and the exciting specials located on several boards around the venue. The menu is segregated in a exemplary style ‘Smaller, Yakitori, Bigger, Rice & Soup’. Where to begin…where to begin?
Let’s talk skewers. Though yakitori is the Lê Grand Amour for Yardbird, it is the thing that would best recommend the restaurant. They’re exemplary in technique, flavouring and quality of meat, is exquisite and to be honest one of my favorite things on the menu.
Eat your sprouts! The Brussel Sprouts came to be finger lickin’ good- excuse the stolen line but it was. To top it off, the absolute highlight was the Chicken & Egg Rice. The clay pot of rice was nestled under a giant sunny-side up egg with vegetables and delectable rice- it moistened up the dish and created a fun twist to Yardbird similar to a Korean style Bimibab.
Korean Fried Cauliflower (KFC) – cauliflower fried in Yuzu and chili sauce. Ok I don’t like cauliflower but I really enjoyed this dish. The thin tangy crispy outer layer was exquisite.
Estimated cost between 2 – $450 HKD