Down Belmore Lane, behind Brooklyn Hide - New York Bagels is a tiny Tokyo Bird sign guiding you towards date night perfection. As you slip in through the lane way sliding door you say sayonara to Surry Hills and konbanwa to your new favourite, minimalistically stylish Japanese yakitori bar. The twinkling tea light candles, the corner nooks, the dark wood tables and the precisely positioned bottles of whisky along the bar transport you to Tokyo. The soundtrack is distinctly urban though, I don’t know about you but I love me a bit of Snoop, Common, Drake and John Legend with my sublimely charred, miso coated eggplant. Hip-hop hooray!
Despite being surrounded by an endless supply of Suntory whisky, an amazing sounding cocktail list including a Gin tea ceremony siphon cocktail for two, a tequila siesta and a fun sounding Robot Ninja pale ale there would be no kanpai action tonight. I had just finished a kick boxing workout so decided to keep it healthy and went for the water poured from a recycled hibiki whisky bottle into some adorable Japanese glasses dotted with pictures of Bambi. Kawaii!!!
So after feeling virtuousness about not drinking I promptly proceeded to order the Japanese Fried Chicken and the yakitori scallops, you just can't keep a professional eater down. The plump juicy scallops were delicious and a total bargain at 4 scallops for $9, if only more restaurants could manage this price point for scallops. I love the restraint of yakitori bars and Tokyo Bird delivered this beautifully, allowing the key ingredient to shine through.
The piece de resistance was my nuggets drizzled in Katsu sauce. The adult version of the much-loved children’s chickeny treat was at once fresh, tasty, crunchy, golden and moist all with a side of kewpie mayo. As a major lover of katsu sauce, I could bath in it, I only wished there was more to dunk my nuggets in. I am sure for normal people it was just the right amount though. I just have no restraint!
The benefits of green tea are widely celebrated, so with this in mind I thought it only fitting to finish with the green tea ice-cream mochi. The ideal end to a tasty night in a Surry Hills skewer of Tokyo.
Tokyo Bird - Entry via Belmore Lane, Surry Hills, NSW
Monday – Saturday: 5:00 pm – midnight
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