To enter Diagon Alley, one must go through the leaky Cauldron to a rear courtyard and tap a brick in the wall. If that proves to challenging, visit Yaki Yaki nessled in the heart of Covent Garden and peer through the rear 17th century Georgian windows, and low and behold!
Yaki Yaki is London’s first taiyaki (traditional Japanese fish-shaped filled waffles given a modern twist) brand, and we at Bluecrow had the pleasure of working with Gundry + Ducker in delivering this exciting new concept.
Kintsugi is the centuries old Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with powered gold, and as a philosophy it treats breakage and repair as a part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. As you step over the threshold of Yaki Yaki , you are welcomed by a little lamb, (in the early 20th century the site was that of a butchers) carefully inlaid into antique terrazzo flooring that had been covered up for decades, and for good reason. Signs of aging are apparent with cracks running the length of the flooring. The flooring is now restored with all cracks filled with a gold resin; a poetic nod to the buildings history and it’s new Japanese heritage.
The servery counter takes centre stage with suitably placed post-modern motifs and vibrant colours leading to the rear seating corner, next to the aforementioned window with a view into another world! But don’t forget your fish on the way out.