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Step off the streets of West End and into this little slice of Japan. Bird’s Nest Yakitori is the suburb’s best new asset – a bustling little restaurant with an adorable interior. Modern meets traditional here where antique dividers and light shades (precariously brought from across the seas) are combined with contemporary illustrations and styling.

Bird’s Nest is the first traditional binchoutan (white charcoal) yakitori restaurant in the country. The owners took a leap of faith in opening the doors 12 months ago, and boy we are glad they did. The telling tale of Bird’s Nest’s authenticity and popularity is found in the clientele. Throughout the evening the restaurant was always filled with at least 50 per cent Japanese plus a number of regular solo diners.

As expected at any Japanese restaurant, the service was great. Within minutes we were seated with a menu and sipping away on the most delicious complimentary chicken broth. Those new to the yakitori game can do as we did and order a set. You’ve got a choice of the basic seven skewers set (meat/vegetarian $25/$20) or the Omakase Course ($55) that gets you 10 skewers, amuse bouche served with 30mL chilled sake, a rice course to finish plus dessert.

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