FireBird is a lovely new(ish) yakitori bar and restaurant in the heart of Causeway bay. The modern industrial design using lots of brick and metal is nicely contrasted by the warm wooden tones of the tables surrounding the open kitchen and grill. From the outside it is definitely quite eye-catching and welcoming. The menu serves a variety of modern Japanese dishes, from sushi rolls to sukiyaki to skewers and noodles. As the name and logo suggests, FireBird specializes in yakitori and using chicken as their main ingredient.
Unlike many other Japanese restaurants in town, FireBird does not offer any complimentary drinks at all. We saw many other customers ordering tea which came in a nice ceramic teapot so we asked the waiter for the same. What we got instead was some watery green tea in an ugly and dirty thermos. At $42, this was quite disappointing… even if they had run out of the teapots, the least they could do was either tell us or give us a CLEAN thermos and not one splattered with sticky sauce and grease.
As this was our first visit, we decided to stick with the signature items. The waiter recommended us to try the special Homemade FireBird Chicken, which was essentially fried chicken with flambé. The fried chicken itself was decent, but the addition of alcohol flambé ruined the dish. The alcohol added no flavour to the dish and just made the skin either soggy (the pieces that were soaked in alcohol) or burnt.
As yakitori was their specialty we also went with the assorted chicken skewers. We were seated on the bar table in front of the grill, but apparently they must’ve made our platter somewhere else, as we were brought a plate of skewers which didn’t come from the grill. The skewers lacked colour and seasoning and were way overdone. Even my parents (who normally orders their steak well done) commented that it was tough and dry. The only piece that was relatively decent was the meatball which had a sweet glaze to give it flavour.
Lastly we had the chicken pot rice. This was pretty good as the rice was cooked perfectly and had a nice chicken broth flavour to it.
Overall this was a mediocre meal. Ironically, the chicken dishes were the most unimpressive. They have all the right hardware, just need a chef that won’t overcook chicken.
Tel: 2386 5218
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 12:00-15:00; 18:00-00:00