Welcome to Bird’s Nest Yakitori and Bar!
Fusing their Japanese heritage and love of traditional food, Emi Kamada and Marie Yokoyama established Bird’s Nest Restaurant in 2013 in the heart of West End. With a desire to share Japan’s unique culinary traditions with Brisbanites, the duo opened the eatery to celebrate Yakitori – a traditional style of Japanese skewered grilled meat and vegetables.
The pair travelled to Japan to study the art of Yakitori and spent time shadowing trained Yakitori chefs to learn all there is to know about the age-old cooking method. Equipped with their new-found knowledge and skills, they both returned to Australia and a year later Bird’s Nest Restaurant was launched.
Bringing the Yakitori concept from it’s native Japan to Australia for the very first time, Emi and Marie use high-quality local and international ingredients and a special Binchoutan (white charcoal) to create a menu that is bursting with flavoursome and vibrant fare. Think icy-cold draught Asahi with sizzling chicken tenderloin skewers cooked over charcoal and served with mayo and crunchy garlic.
Four years on, the pair have opened their second venue in Fortitude Valley, where they serve their ever-popular Yakitori along with other much-loved Japanese dishes like karaage chicken, leba pate, pirikara fries and roasted green tea ice cream.
With a strong focus on fresh, quality and healthy fare, Bird’s Nest Restaurant’s skewers are all prepared in-house daily and cooked to order. Highlights include chicken tenderloins with wasabi mayo, Willi Willi Creek pork belly with seeded mustard, grilled avocado, as well as other unique and delicious choices like chicken hearts, chicken tail with lemon and sesame oil and quail eggs. While Bird’s Nest Restaurant’s chefs are known to produce some of the most tasty and succulent meat dishes, both venues also create some of the most incredible vegetarian and gluten-free dishes in Brisbane.
Walk into one of the dimly lit and uber cool venues and you’ll be transported to the laneways of Japan, with the sight of chefs fanning skewers, the sound of girls yelling Japanese phrases and the scent of grilling meat winding its way through the restaurant.