Meet the Canadian couple behind Hong Kong restaurant Yardbird

Full of independent boutiques, restaurants and art galleries, Hong Kong’s hip Sheung Wan neighborhood is a laid-back respite from the bustling city and Yardbird, well, pretty much rules the roost. The modern, 52-seat Japanese izakaya restaurant has been packed since opening in 2011 and won rave reviews for their yakitori (chicken skewered and grilled over charcoal). The dynamic duo behind it? Two Canadians, Lindsay Jang and Matt Abergel, taking Hong Kong by storm. After meeting in Calgary, the couple lived in both New York and Vancouver before taking a year to travel the world with their daughter in tow. They landed in Hong Kong after Abergel was offered a gig as head chef of Zuma restaurant and opened Yardbird before they hit 30. We couldn’t think of anyone better to ask about Hong Kong’s hotspots.

YOU HAVE WORKED AND LIVED ALL OVER THE WORLD. WHY DID YOU GUYS DECIDE TO OPEN YOUR RESTAURANT IN HONG KONG? We were already living in Hong Kong when we decided to open Yardbird, but it was the location of the restaurant space, street and neighborhood that decided for us.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING THERE? So many things: the energy and pulse of the city, the people we have met and worked with over the past four years, the collaborative spirit of our community, the close proximity to incredible ingredients from all over the world… we could go on.

WHERE DO YOU SEND PEOPLE WHEN THEY VISIT? Some of our favourite places include:

  1. Where to drink: Racks MDB on Wyndham Street
  2. Where to eat: Fish & Chick in Kennedy Town
  3. Where to stay: The Upper House in Admiralty
  4. Where to shop: Woaw Store on Gough Street
  5. Where to chill: any of Hong Kong’s beaches

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