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Bird's Nest Yakitori and Bar

Bird’s Nest Yakitori and Bar

| On 01, Jun 2014

Tucked away on the corner of Melbourne and Browning St in South Brisbane is Bird’s Nest Yakitori and Bar. It can be hard to find amongst the gaudy signage of its neighbouring restaurants but seeking it out is well worth the effort.

With dim lighting, elegant furnishings and jazz music tinkling around the room, Bird’s Nest is fast becoming my favourite Japanese restaurant in Brisbane.

Serving traditional yakitori, or skewered chicken, which is cooked over Binchoutan, an odourless white charcoal, Bird’s Nest serves clean, delicious, fresh flavours at a relatively inexpensive price.

To start, we opted for the Tori Karaage and were well rewarded with the most succulent chicken Karaage I have ever tasted. Plump, spiced morsels of chicken were perfectly cooked to the point that upon biting into the chicken, its juices would pool together to beckon you in for another taste.

The juiciest Karaage of my life!

The juiciest Karaage of my life!

Bird’s Nest advises its first-time diners to try one of their set dinner menu’s so as to get a general taste of the menu. I opted to mix up my skewers with both chicken and vegetarian flavours. Whilst all were delicious, there were a few standouts.

The Tebasaki skewer consisted of four chicken wings nestled tightly together. They were extremely tender and the meat melted off the bone and into my mouth.

From left: Yagen Nankotsu; soft cartilage with chicken thigh and black pepper, Sasami; chicken tenderloin topped with wasabi mayonaisse and Tebasaki; chicken wings with lemon and cracked pepper

The Atsuage, or deep fried organic tofu skewer with ponzu, shallots and bonito flakes was another hit. The tofu was smooth on the inside and crunchy on the outside, just as it should be. The saltiness of the bonito flakes freshened the dish and cut through the ponzu dressing.

Atsuage

Atsuage

One skewer that took me by surprise was the Torikawa or crispy chicken skin skewer. I imagined deep fried chunks of chicken but instead received a skewer consisting purely of chicken skin. I felt positively sinful in the best possible way. The skin was rich, salty and alluringly crackly.

Torikawa

Torikawa

With a wine and sake menu that deserves proper attention and several skewer flavours which I’m keen to taste, I hope to become a regular at Bird’s Nest.

Left and center: Tsukune; chicken meatball and far right: Tomato Butabara; super sweet grape tomato wrapped in finely sliced pork belly

THE DETAILS

Who: Bird’s Nest Yakitori and Bar

Where: Shop 5, 220 Melbourne St, South Brisbane

Review Overview

Food
8.5
Atmosphere
8
Service
8.5
Value
8
8.3

Superb

Yakitori offers delicious Japanese food in a refined setting.