Hinoki and the Bird
May 11, 2018
The Century City restaurant of chef David Myers and Kuniko Yagi is justly acclaimed for a number of reasons. There’s some seriously good cooking going on here, and the space, while simple all concrete, wood and steel – is handsome too (if you can find it, that is). Their speciality cocktails are also worthy of your attention. Cocktails come care of Sam Ross of New York’s Milk & Honey and many of the drinks here are the kind of seasonal, delicate, inventive creations you might come across at one of Tokyo’s cocktail temples. The drinks list also includes a number of variants on the Italian aperitif par excellence, the Negroni; alongside classic and white versions, they serve one laced with Japanese whisky and the Kingston Negroni – which uses a good measure of Jamaican rum as its secret weapon is fast becoming a favourite of many. Hinoki is a kind of Japanese cedar wood and it scents the air as you enter as well as giving flavour to the food including the signature hinoki-laced black cod. Be sure to save room for the Japanese inspired desserts, including black sesame crßme and matcha donuts.