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Bincho Yakitori
Industry Food & Beverage
Genre Restaurant
Founded July 2007
Founder David Miney
Defunct July 2014
Headquarters London, UK
Number of locations
OXO Tower, Soho, Exmouth Market
Key people
Hidenori Ohata, Malcolm Simpson
Services Japanese Izakaya-style dining
Owner David Miney, Dominic Ford, Ronnie Truss

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Bincho in the OXO Tower

Bincho, also known as Bincho Yakitori, is a London-based Japanese restaurant styled on the traditional izakayas found throughout Japan. Yakitori, literally translated as "grilled bird", is prepared on skewers and cooked over dense coals known as Bincho-tan made from Oak. True to the izakaya theme, food is served as it is ready and a variety of dishes can be ordered and are served continuously throughout the meal.


Chef David Miney, formerly of OXO Tower Restaurant and Rick Stein, first entertained the idea of opening an izakaya in London whilst he was living in Tokyo in the late 1990s. Miney spent several years delving into the dingy late night izakaya scene, usually the traditional haunt of drunken salarymen and young Japanese hostesses. In 2007 he teamed up with Dominic Ford opened the flagship Bincho Yakitori at OXO Tower near Blackfriars on the banks of the River Thames. Experienced Yakitori Chef and Bincho Head Chef Hidenori Ohata was brought over from Japan in 2009 to help with the menu and expansion of the Bincho chain. Malcolm Simpson, originally from Australia who had been working in Tokyo restaurants for many years, was also brought over from Japan to manage the expanding chain. Simpson has been known to host informative and creative Sake tastings within the Bincho restaurant group. The free company report:

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UK Telegraph Newspaper review[1]

UK Guardian Jay Rayner review[2]

UK Sunday Times AA Gill review[3]

London/OXO Tower[edit]

Bincho OXO has a massive open-floor plan and seats around 140 covers. Opening to positive reviews, Bincho OXO was noted as one of the hottest new openings in London of 2007. Their OXO Tower flagship restaurant closed in early 2008, no doubt a victim to the economic climate and its sheer size and its slightly "off the beaten track" location.

Yakitori cooking over Bincho coals


Opening in 2008, Bincho opened a second location in the heart of London's theatre-land on Old Compton Street in Soho. Set out over two floors and seating around 100 covers, the shop front is deceptively small opening up into a large Sake bar, dining room and separate basement area once inside. The interior decorations are very similar to the glamorous flagship OXO Tower location but overall seems a little more grungy which is in tune with the Old Compton Street atmosphere and the worn look of authentic Izakayas in Tokyo. As of 2014, the SoHo and East end locations have closed.

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