The Dirty Stall

Bird Land

Posted on: August 28, 2013

Having tried the good old fashioned style of yakitori at Toriki on my last trip, I looked towards trying Bird Land on this visit to Tokyo, famous for having 1 Michelin star as a yakitori restaurant.

_5215169 So I wanted to see how different they could be.


One thing of interest to note is that the famous Sukiyabashi Jiro, that 3-star Michelin sushi-ya made even more famous internationally with the movie “Jiro Dreams of Sushi“, is located right opposite Bird Land.


Just as I was sitting inside, the man himself came out with his patrons for a group shot, and I assume it was a famous chef with his friends because Jiro was wearing a cute anime girl tee over his chef clothes, which he took off once they took the photo.


But enough about Jiro, back to Bird Land now. It’s basically a huge U-shaped counter that can seat about 30 people, around a open grill and preparation area.




And there are some tables for groups to sit around too.


Besides the usual ala carte items, Bird Land offers 2 omakase menus, priced at ¥6,000 and ¥8,000. I went for the latter of course.


It opens with a platter of assorted appetizers. I don’t remember what the vegetables were, but the brown thing is marinated chicken skin, which wasn’t memorable.


Then you have medium-rare chicken breast fillet, grilled on the outside, with option of topping it with Japanese apricot or sweet basil sauce.

I think I preferred it with the apricot sauce, as it was more unique than the basil sauce, which was basically like pesto.


Grilled skin of a red capsicum with olive oil. Quite liked this one, the skin was grilled nicely without charring it. This was a substitute for the chicken liver pate dish.


Following that, the chef’s choices of 8 yakitori sticks. First is some sasami wasabi (chicken breast with wasabi).


Sasage sasami (chicken breast and long bean)


Kawa (chicken skin)


This is cold tofu that is meant to mimic a blob of mozzerella cheese, complete with a drizzle of EVOO, a sprinkle of salt, a grind of black pepper, and a small tomato.

The European influence on Bird Land is strongest in this dish, and it was quite delicious as well, very clean in flavours and a good break after the rich chicken skin.


Ginnan (ginko nuts), salted.


Soriresu (chicken oysters)


Another break of green salad and tomato.


Tsukune (chicken meatballs).


Shiitake mushrooms.


Negima yakitori (chicken and leek)


Sansho-yaki (teriyaki style chicken)


Cacciocavallo cheese, grilled. Definitely unexpected but tasty nonetheless. A bit hard to eat though, I was constantly twirling it around so that it wouldn’t drop off the stick, like a slow ice-cream.


Oyakodon. Decent but nothing compared to Toritsune Shizendou.


And finally a crème caramel flan for dessert.


All in all, it was a pretty good meal but somehow, it just felt too refined for me. I preferred the stronger flavours and more traditional feel of eating at places like Toriki. Still worth the visit of course, just to have a new and different experience in eating yakitori.


Bird Land Ginza

3 Responses to "Bird Land"

Hi, did you make a reservation at Birdland, or you walked in?

I made a reservation there. Walk-in might be possible if you’re alone or a pair.

[…] Verdict is that the food was good but too little for the expensive prices. If I really wanted to eat atas yakitori again, I’d return to Bird Land. […]

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