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Now Open: Bird's Nest Yakitori Has Started Serving Its Grilled Japanese Skewers at Portside Wharf

Nestled into a 100-square-metre space with indoor and al fresco dining, the chain's fourth venue joins fellow spots in West End, Fortitude Valley and Toowong.
By Sarah Ward
September 26, 2023
By Sarah Ward
September 26, 2023

When Emi Kamada and Marie Yokoyama headed to Japan to study with traditional chefs — and, specifically, to learn everything they needed to know about yakitori — they weren't the first to visit the country and feel inspired. But the pair did make the most of that sensation, creating Brisbane's expanding Bird's Nest Yakitori chain.

The brand started in 2013 in West End, with its OG site now boasting three sibling venues — including the just-launched Portside Wharf outpost. The Hamilton spot joins Bird's Nest Yakitori's outposts in Fortitude Valley and Toowong, too, the latter just for takeaways. All four share a key focus, of course: grilled Japanese skewers.

The latest Bird's Nest Yakitori has made its home in a 100-square-metre space, with getting cosy aptly on the menu. Diners can choose between indoor and al fresco dining — and if you go with the former, you'll eat while peering into the open kitchen, with the bottle-lined bar also in sight, plus under atmospheric lighting.

The mood: casual but authentic and also intimate, in a place that takes its design cues from the nation that clearly holds significant influence over all things Bird's Nest Yakitori. In other words, it's an enticing place for a drink over a bite, including picking from cocktails, sake and Japanese brews.

If you've been to one of the brand's other locations, you'll know what to expect food-wise. The skewers range from chicken thigh, chicken skin, chicken meatball and pork belly to zucchini, oyster mushrooms and grape tomatoes; however, that's just the start of the culinary lineup.

Rice bowls are also a feature, including charcoal chicken, both katsu and karaage chicken, slow-cooked wagyu, yakiniku, teriyaki salmon and eel — while Japanese burgers, wings and gyoza are also on offer.

"We're excited to welcome new and existing customers to our Portside Wharf store to experience our signature dishes, including succulent grilled chicken bowls, flavourful Japanese burgers, fresh sashimi, drinks and sake in new and unexpected ways," said Yokoyama.

"Like all our venues, our Portside Wharf store grills our fresh selection of high-quality ingredients over binchoutan, a Japanese white charcoal, that enhances the flavour of our dishes. We are the only yakitori bars in Brisbane that practise this method."

Bird's Nest Yakitori is Portside's latest new addition, with the precinct adding a heap of fresh spots to eat and drink since announcing its current revamp — such as the Gold Coast's Rosé Gelateria and Rise Bakery making their Brisbane debuts, plus brand-new seafood restaurant Fosh,

Find Bird's Nest Yakitori at Portside Wharf, 39 Hercules Street, Hamilton — and head to the venue's website for further details.

Published on September 26, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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