May 11, 2018
Though located in the heart of Hong Kong, the fashionable Yardbird would not look out of place in New York. It’s a stylish, small urban space, busy and buzzy in atmosphere, serving inventive cocktails and addictive food to go with them. Cocktails are served in vintage crystal with Japanese-style hand carved ice balls as standard. The sochu-based Chu Hai with freshly-squeezed grapefruit is tart and delicious, the Yaki Lime is an intensely flavourful blend of barrel aged rum, grilled lime, mint and muscovado sugar, and their Bloody Kim Jong Il is cheekily spiked with kim chi (that’s Korean pickled cabbage). They also serve a wide range of sakes and stock a good selection of Japanese whiskies. Food is off-the-scale tasty. The menu features sweetcorn tempura balls and some seriously kiss ass chicken; the yakitori style chicken skewers are compulsive particularly the chicken oysters as are the short ribs and the KFC (which in this case stands for Korean Fried Cauliflower). Music blares and the crowd is young and hip. The no reservations policy irks some, especially given how busy it can get, but the fact that you might need to queue on occasion just adds to the vibe. (It’s also worth noting the Hong Kong’s usual service charge is not added here, so you’ll need to remember to tip).