This place is my home away from home. I swear I could eat there nearly every night and I’ve been known to do three nights in a row! The staff are super friendly and deliver excellent service and now become good friends of mine over time. Matt (owner) and I share stories about our love of skateboarding, clothing brands, artists and messy nights out. Lindsey (owner) the other half of Yardbird, has her finger on the pulse in HK for music and arts. Which makes the two of them, the perfect team. BUT. Most importantly, the food is amazing. You’ll never have this style of food anywhere else. If I have friends or clients in town. I ALWAYS take them here to experience the next level of Hong Kong.
I recently spent my birthday eve there for dinner which turned into Matt and the staff singing me happy birthday and forcing me to scull two bottles of their signature Yardbird Sake which finished with me not remembering the rest of the night and having to back up the following night for the ‘official’ birthday dinner I was having at Yardbird. They def know how to look after their friends and customers and thats a big part of why I go back.
I should also note, they play great hip hop and funk too!
Hong Kong’s Yardbird restaurant has become a de facto gathering point for some of the city’s most creative minds. Owners Lindsay Jang and Matt Abergel managed to put together more than just an amalgamation of food, drink and friends in a relatively short period of time; Yardbird has established itself as a weekly jaunt for many of Hong Kong’s artist and influential members of the creative community who crave a contemporary take on Japanese foods.
Their advice for aspiring restauranteurs? Don’t pay anyone to teach you how to cook, start from the bottom, and be prepared to work extremely hard.
33-35 Bridges St, Sheung Wan, 2547 9273; www.yardbirdrestaurant.com.
Mon-Sat 6pm-late. Closed Sun.