About Us

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 Brisbane, the duo open the eatery to celebrate Yakitori – a style of Japanese skewered grilled meat and vegetables cooked over special Binchoutan (white charcoal) to create flavoursome and vibrant fare.

The pair travelled to Japan to study under traditional chefs and learn the art of Yakitori.  Equipped with new found skills and knowledge, the pair then returned to Australia to put them to use. Four years on and Bird’s Nest is a well-loved Brisbane establishment with a second location in the heart of the Valley.

Meet the Team Behind Brisbane’s Best Yakitori Restaurants

Bird's Nest Japanese Yakitori Restaurant Brisbane

Emi & Marie

With over 10 years of experience in hospitality Marie and Emi took a leap of faith and opened Bird’s Nest Restaurant to share Japan’s unique culinary tradition with the Australian community.

Bird's Nest Japanese Yakitori Restaurant Brisbane


Born in Sapporo, there’s nothing Maya loves more than getting stuck into a serving of our signature karaage. When she’s not brightening up the restaurant with her gorgeous smile you might catch her watching movies or cooking up some homestyle Japanese treats like omurice.

Bird's Nest Japanese Yakitori Restaurant Brisbane


Don’t let the smile fool you, when Hiroki gets in the kitchen he’s all about the serious business of cooking. Hailing from Gifu, right in the center of Japan, this self-professed music lover knows exactly where he stands on the Asahi vs. Sapporo beer debate – he chooses Kirin every time.

Bird's Nest Japanese Yakitori Restaurant Brisbane


Born and bred in sunny Brisbane, our veteran supervisor Nick has been nesting with us since we opened our doors! When he’s not busy taking care of our team – and sneaking chicken karaage from the kitchen – you might find him unwinding with friends devouring his favourite Korean food.

Bird's Nest Japanese Yakitori Restaurant Brisbane


As multi-talented as she is multilingual (she speaks Japanese, English and Korean), when Hana isn’t hard at work or studying then she’s putting us all to shame at the gym! But that doesn’t mean she’s all work and no play, she loves nothing more than snacking on our slow cooked pork belly and sneaking a little extra ice cream after midnight – but shh, don’t tell anybody.

Bird's Nest Japanese Yakitori Restaurant Brisbane


Always fanning the flames of fun, our talented grill man Yuichi hails from the pristine beaches of Fukuoka – so there’s really no need to guess where you’ll find this keen fisherman on his days off! Put a fishing rod in one hand and a slice of pizza in the other and you’ve got yourself one happy chef.

Bird's Nest Japanese Yakitori Restaurant Brisbane


A natural born foodie, when Tomoya’s not hanging out in our kitchen you’ll catch him cooking up a storm at home. This native of Saga, Japan, loves nothing more than tucking into a serve of our crispy atsuage tofu and a cold Sapporo on a hot day.

Bird's Nest Japanese Yakitori Restaurant Brisbane


Talented Daiki Wakabayashi is not only Bird’s Nest’s head chef but also an expert sommelier. Blessed with a golden palate and the appetite to match, his attention to detail has set him apart in the field!