A nighttime fixture of the quaint Bridges Street and the singular cause behind a perennial and lively crowd of young creative professionals since its opening in 2011, acclaimed yakitori restaurant Yardbird finally closed up shop in early November for greener pastures further down Sheung Wan’s steep topography, thus saving scores of future diners an arduous uphill trek.
Yardbird had long outgrown its original location, which is why its newest space on Wing Lok Street offers just that, and plenty more of it – its two halves are roughly divided into a casual bar area towards the front of the restaurant, and more formal seating table and booth seating options towards the back.
“Yardbird 2.0” marks the fourth collaboration between founders Matt Abergel and Lindsay Jang and interior designer Sean Dix, who ensured elements of aesthetic continuity between the former and current locations in the fit and finish not just of the interior, but in the custom-designed furniture range too.
Rows of umeshu plum wine form part of the interior decorations throughout the restaurant.
The increased floor area can accommodate 95 seats in total.
An open view of the kitchen affords a look at the nightly hustle behind Yardbird's operations.
Kitchen staff prepare for service.
Sean Dix's custom Yardbird Chair design pays homage to vintage factory seats with its straightforward design and honest materials.
The front bar area features high tables and stools alongside three standing bars for those looking for a more casual experience.
Yardbird's impressive collection of Japanese whiskys, sakes and shochus are on full display behind the bar.
A mini Sunday's Grocery retail display offering in-house sakes and branded apparel items illuminates the passageway between the restaurant's two halves.
154-158 Wing Lok St
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong