Centuries-Old Grilling Traditions Take Flight at Bird’s Nest Yakitori Hamilton

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The tantalising smells of binchotan grilled meat and vegetables will soon waft through Portside Wharf as Hamilton’s latest Japanese eatery, Bird’s Nest Yakitori, opens for business.


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The new venue expands the popular Brisbane-based yakitori chain to four locations across southeast Queensland. 

Bird’s Nest Yakitori first opened in 2013 in West End, followed by a second location in Fortitude Valley. They also operate a takeaway outlet in Toowong Village and have plans to open another soon at Everton Plaza.

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The chain stands out for its use of traditional Japanese grilling techniques and premium ingredients. Diners can expect to find classic skewers like chicken thigh and shallot negima skewers along with veggie options like king oyster mushroom and locally grown shiitake. 

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The binchotan charcoal used in their grills is a type of charcoal traditionally used in Japanese cooking dating back to the Edo period between 1603 and 1867. Binchotan allows Bird’s Nest chefs precise temperature control whilst imparting a delicate smoky flavour.

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The restaurant is the brainchild of owners Emi Kamada and Marie Yokoyama, who were inspired to bring authentic yakitori to Australia after training with master chefs in Japan. Emi and Marie are also known for winning The Hotplate 2015 and even used their prize money to expand their brand.


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In keeping with Japanese tradition, all ingredients are delivered fresh daily and skewers are made to order on-site. The new Hamilton location also features their signature binchotan grilled items such as wagyu steak, grilled squid, and garlic prawns.

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Whilst Bird’s Nest Yakitori is best known for binchotan-grilled skewers, their menu also features raw dishes and Japanese street foods, best paired with sake. Bird’s Nest Yakitori boasts an extensive selection of Japanese sake and spirits. Don’t miss their Okinawa Pirate, which is their take on piña colada.


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With its dedication to tradition and culinary excellence, Bird’s Nest Yakitori is set to become a go-to destination for Japanese cuisine on Brisbane’s Northside. 

Reservations are highly encouraged at the new Hamilton Bird’s Nest Yakitori to guarantee a table, though walk-ins are still welcome. They are open daily for lunch and dinner at 39 Hercules St, Hamilton.

Published 24-October-2023