Hong Kong is not only about Chinese food. One great example of this is the new-to-us restaurant in Sheung Wan called Yardbird. Essentially a hip, upscale Japanese isakaya, Yardbird specializes in yakitori (chicken skewers) and other tasty Japanese bites.
The restaurant is extremely busy and doesn’t take reservations, but we avoided the wait by arriving very soon after the 6 p.m. opening time. There is also a nice bar that will work very well if your party is one or two people.
Things got off to a good start with a very tasty chicken liver paté, served with lightly buttered garlic toast and crispy onion rings.
Then we got down to business with a variety of chicken yakitori. From top to bottom: chicken oysters, chicken wings, chicken skin and a chicken meatball served with a dipping sauce of an egg yolk cured in tare sauce (think teriyaki). All succulent and seasoned nicely, but the wings were mind-blowingly good. We doubled up on those to start with and then ordered more.
We accompanied the chicken with some maitake mushrooms, which were fresh, light and delicious. Not pictured: the Korean Fried Cauliflower (aka KFC), which we guzzled before I thought of taking a picture.
Great service and very tasty food. I think Yardbird will be seeing us again before we leave Hong Kong.