Perched atop Roma Street Station is the latest must-try for all Brisbane food addicts, Nest Restaurant and Bar - housed inside Hotel Jen (one of the newest additions to the Asian-Pacific Hotel chain of the same name).
The Hotel Jen group is focused on embracing and incorporating the culture of their surrounds, changing aspects of each Hotel to suit its hometown - and their dining spots are no different.
Guests are greeted with a cocktail lounge atmosphere and artsy decor, sectioned off in areas as if dining at different street-side vendors.
The elaborate light timber sculpture is certainly the hero piece of the room, complemented nicely with oriental-inspired wallpaper, woven light shades, velvet and canvas booth seating, Turkish-style ottomans, and dark timber tables.
Keeping it simple, the menu is comprised of Asian street-food dishes – altered slightly for Aussie palates while still showcasing traditional flavours.
Sharing is encouraged (because you definitely want to try as much as you can), but each dish can certainly stand alone.
Offerings range from snacks like Malaysian satay beef skewers, and grilled Turkish bread with olive oil, dukkah and house grown herb butter, to mains like Nest’s house honey peppered beef with pilaf rice and market greens, and the tempura battered Mooloolaba prawns, Moreton Bay bugs and reef fish with a spicy dipping sauce and market salad.
The chefs also have their pick of the freshest ingredients, with the option to utilise Hotel Jen’s edible rooftop garden, filled with herbs, seasonal vegetables, and a beehive.
It's very East-meets-West without being pretentious - the whole vibe and offering here is casual-chic, which is an approach that makes all feel welcome, yet like you've had a special meal or event once you've left.
With a focus on fast, friendly service and flavoursome, healthy food, you can enjoy a quick casual meal from 6.30am to 10pm daily. Stop in early for a breakfast buffet, lunch from 12pm or dinner from 5pm.
The casual atmosphere is also ideal for special events and functions, seating 100 and holding up to 250 standing.