Restaurant Reviews

Bird’s Nest: Restaurant review

Bird’s Nest


Shop 5, 220 Melbourne St
South Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD


Lunch Wed-Sun noon-3pm
Dinner daily 5.30pm-10.30pm


Prix fixe menus $25-$55


Chicken on sticks is the name of the game at Bird's Nest, one of the country's top yakitori bars. If curiosity gets the better of you, order the chicken hatsumoto (arteries), yagen nankotsu (cartilage) or bonjiri (tail). But if more conventional cuts seem like the safer bet, you're not missing out. Chicken oysters have just the right amount of colour and a satisfying smoky flavour from time on the coals, each piece brushed with a little yuzu chilli paste for punch. Braised Willi Willi Creek pork belly, for example, offers pillowy-soft mouthfuls of richness balanced by a generous dose of seeded mustard. King oyster mushrooms transcend their humble appearance when combined with the big flavours of soy butter. The magic comes partly from the charcoal, and partly from a quick dunking in some sake prior to the grilling. Treat yuzu sorbet as a palate cleanser, and carry on with another round of frosty mugs of draft Asahi.

(07) 3844 4306

Bookings recommended


  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Outdoor dining

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Emi Kamada & Marie Yokoyama

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.