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13 11, 2015

Winning Ways – Fun Food puts a feather in the cap of reality TV favourite

Brisbane times Magazine | Tony Harper | Nov 11

What happens to a restaurant after it hits the reality TV jackpot?

Does ego take over form hospitality: does confidence in the product mean that effort slackens; should diner feel lucky to get a seat?

And, on the flipside, does the publicity draw a crowd of gawkers who dont quite get the dining experience?

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22 09, 2015

Top 100 Queensland Food Experiences

Cheap Eats | Courier Mail | Birds Nest Restaurant

Feast on binchotan-charcoal kissed chicken skewers at this yakitori haunt, for as little as $4 a pop.

Regulars will hone in on their favourite cuts – soft cartilage, perhaps, hearts or arteries – while newcomers can opt for skewer sets, made up for more familiar thigh, wing and tenderloin options.

The fit-out is neat, fun and friendly, with chewy, crunchy grilled rice balls, silken tofu with a duo of dressings, and organic egg omelet in dashi broth to round out the skewered vegetable and carnivorous offerings. The drinks lists is fantastic, too, especially for lovers of sake and Japanese whisky.

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3 09, 2015

Emi and Marie win The Hotplate !

Bird’s Nest’s own Emi and Marie have taken out the first season of The Hotplate.

Emi and Marie  beat Sydney couple Aron and Vanessa Filetti by just two points in a tightly-contested grand final cook-off.

The teams were asked to serve up four dishes in four hours. But before cooking got underway, Marie announced she is expecting her first baby, a daughter, in October.

“This is a moment no one can ever take away from us,” Marie said.

“For many years I just didn’t want to be Japanese… I thought it was embarrassing. Opening Bird’s Nest was an honour to her (mum).

“Emi and I are planning to set up a whole future for our children.”

She and Emi have pocketed $100,000 for their efforts on the show, which saw six teams of professional chefs and front-of-house managers compete over several rounds.

The grand final scores were determined by hosts Scott Pickett and Tom Parker Bowles and returning guest judge Guillaume Brahimi.

Despite slightly overcooking their smoked teriyaki eel and serving up an underwhelming dessert, Emi and Marie’s sophisticated and restrained menu won out over Aron and Vanessa’s over-complicated modern Australian fare.

Emi and Marie’s menu

Appetiser: Crab chawanmushi with salmon roe and white seaweed

Entrée: Smoked eel teriyaki with apple, pickled daikon and radish salad

Main: Duck with wild mushrooms and broth

Dessert: Bird’s Nest Matcha Mess

Score: 26/30


Aron and Vanessa’s menu

Appetiser: Smoked salmon mousse with chive oil

Entrée: Prawn ravioli with shellfish cream and butter poached Marron

Main: Venison fillet with pan-fried sweetbreads and porchini red wine sauce

Dessert: Caramel parfait with salted peanut dacquoise and chocolate mousse

Score: 24/30

31 07, 2015

Queensland’s top 10 Japanese restaurants 2015

We probably have the now ubiquitous sushi bar to thank for the growing interest in Japanese food. People have had their curiosity piqued and are ready to move on and learn more. From a bowl of authentic ramen to a refined degustation menu, here are our favourite places for a Japanese fix.

Bird’s Nest Yakitori

You could go alone for a cheap and cheerful meal of juicy karaage (fried chicken) and rice. But don’t, it’s all better shared with your crew because there’s sake, beer and skewers of chicken cooked over Binchotan charcoal, too. Culinary explorers can venture into wilder territory with livers, hearts or crisp chicken skin. Upbeat staff keep a jolly vibe going, juggling walk-ins, re-orders and refills, never neglecting the welcome cheer of “Irasshaimase!”

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