Traditional Fukuoka-style ‘hakata-ku’ skewer bar KIDO responds to Hong Kong’s craze for Japanese comfort food in a cosy café in trendy Tsim Sha Tsui dining enclave Minden Avenue. With convivial, communal ‘kaunta seki’ counter seating typically found around ‘yakitori’ chicken skewer grill cafes in Japan, KIDO opened in mid-November 2019. Just like ‘yakitori’ grills, KIDO headlines signature Yakitori Chicken Skewers – from every part of the chicken. But in the tradition of Fukuoka-style ‘hakata-ku’ grills, KIDO extends the menu to more diverse, healthy skewers, with a variety of meat, vegetarian and fruit ingredients. Also on the menu are ‘kushikatsu’ deep-fried skewers and tempura-fried Chicken Nanban – with a famous recipe inherited by Head Chef Kimura Junichiro from his chef father, nicknamed ‘god of chicken’ as founder of iconic restaurant Ogura in Miyazaki on Kyushu. KIDO’s signature yakitori chicken skewers are exclusively sourced from breed prized for strong flavour and juicy texture, and grilling is also at top level – over odourless high carbon ‘binchotan’ charcoal made from Japanese oak, prized by chefs worldwide. KIDO is located at G12-13, 8 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Seating 43, the 1,800 sq ft interior is dark and mysterious, behind a traditional small ‘theatre’ doorway deliberately designed to symbolise ‘entering a new world’ beyond the ‘outside world’.