SYDNEY | Tokyo Bird Surry Hills is a highly regarded Izakaya that consistently comes up when researching where to find the best yakitori in Sydney. Housed in a small laneway space, it exudes all of the character of a real Japanese Izakaya. Intimate, casual, with the wonderful smell of meat being grilled over binchōtan (white charcoal).
It’s not just the atmosphere at Tokyo bird that’s authentic – the yakitori at Tokyo Bird is the real deal too. Every part of the chicken is used and you can order familiar items like tebasaki (chicken wing) and tsukune (chicken meatballs) or be adventurous and choose the excellent katsu (chicken hearts) or kawa (crispy chicken skin) for example. There are a few non-traditional izakaya items on the menu too – the tonton (pork belly) is outstanding, as is the nasu (eggplant and miso).
It’s not just the food that’s excellent, general manager Jason Ang (Gilt Lounge, Sokyo) doesn’t want people to feel like they have to eat if they visit Tokyo Bird. Again, just like a real Izakaya the space operates very well as a bar and people can feel more than comfortable visiting and only ordering a drink or 2. There’s Asahi Super Dry on tap, a few Japanese craft beer bottles, wine, sake, a fantastic selection of Japanese Whiskeys (including some rare bottles you’re unlikely to see elsewhere in Sydney) and brilliant Japanese inspired cocktails crafted by bar manager Yoshi Onishi (Stitch, Victoria Room). Kanpai!
Shop 2 (Entry on Belmore Lane)
226-228 Commercial Road
New South Wales 2010
Mon – Sat: 5:00pm to 12:00pm