We've all done it at least once: wandered around Roma Street Station or its general vicinity, hunting for somewhere to eat. Somewhere that isn't just the usual food court, or one of the places along the roadway that change with unfathomable frequency.
Thanks to the just-opened Nest Restaurant at Hotel Jen, that perpetual search has finally come to an end. You won't find anywhere as nice in this part of the city, or with such a mouthwatering menu.
Serving Asian fusion-style food day and night, Nest calls itself a haven — and looking at its eclectic oriental vintage décor, that seems a fair call. This isn't just a spot for a quick bite, although that's certainly an option, as is takeaway. You can savour a meal, have a few drinks after work, or lounge around with your friends on a lazy weekend afternoon.
Design-wise, Nest has made some artistically bold choices. A definite highlight is the Lantern Tree, a 100-year-old fig tree lit up with 200 red Asian lanterns. Nest offers 300-degree views of this good luck symbol, as well as quite a nice vantage over the city.
You won't venture up there, but the top of the building is another important Nest space. Courtesy of their own organic Sky Garden, the herbs and vegetables making prominent appearances in Chinese, Malay, Indonesian and Vietnamese-influenced feasts are picked fresh daily to make the journey from rooftop to plate.
If $12 street food lunches and a 19-dish-plus Asian tapas selection don't get you rushing in the door, then one of Nest's upcoming events just might. Enjoy week-long Chinese New Year celebrations, or learn from an international master chef at a cooking class.
Find Nest Restaurant on Level 2 at Hotel Jen at 159 Roma Street, Brisbane. Visit their website for more information.