Japan is home to more michelin stars than any other country. The Japanese has this fastidious attention to detail that is dazzling and bewildering at the same time. I have heard of Birdland form friends who have come to visit Tokyo and the restaurant always comes up. Some say it’s good while others are underwhelmed. I for one wanted to give it a try and see how I felt about a michelin starred YAKITORI joint.
Located literally above a metro stop in Ginza is Birdland. The restaurant is of ample size where you can choose to sit in a table or in the counter. I say go for the counter as you get a better view of how they prepare your food and you understand more what their are doing. The menu is easy to navigate and I was really impressed with the wine selection. Nix and I opted for the OMAKASE menu and we were in for quire an experience. If you love CHICKEN that this is place for you. Because every single part of the chicken( except for the feather, feet and beak) is celebrated and fully enjoyed. While doing my research it's really about the produce and the exact cooking time that spells the difference for BIRDLAND. Each stick is cooked perfectly and you savour this at the perfect temperature achieving that perfect bite. The flavours are really quite subtle and light. The highlight for me was the TOFU which really tasted like a young burata cheese. Another highlight for me were the chicken liver as this was like butter!
I had mixed expectations when coming into BIRDLAND and perhaps so should you. I ended up enjoying the meal because it really was so simple however the severe attention to all the detail is what makes the experience so special. Don’t take it from me. Try it out for yourselves and let me know what you think. All I can do is share with you my images and experiences and to let tell you that 10 little sticks with bits of perfectly cooked chicken parts really made me full and satisfied.