The Roma St Transit Centre isn’t usually first and foremost in people’s minds when choosing a dining venue, but Nest Restaurant — perched on the Transit Centre’s second level — has set out to change that.
Nest serves up a range of Asian-inspired dishes with influences ranging from Chinese to Malay, Indonesian and Vietnamese. The restaurant makes the most of its unusual location, growing its own herbs in an organic Sky Garden.
The dining area overlooks a 100 year old fig tree adorned with hundreds of red Asian lanterns, creating a magical view against the city skyline.
Nest has just launched a new menu, and we set out to try a few choice items.
We started with a new entrée of calamari, rosemary sea salt, cracked black pepper, curry aioli, rocket and lime.
The calamari was fresh and cooked beautifully in a light salt and pepper batter, however the curry in the aioli was a bit overpowering. While the restaurant may have been going for the Asian twist to this dish, a plain garlic aioli would have worked really well to compliment the subtle tastes of the seafood. The serving of this dish was nice and generous for an entrée.
For mains, we tried the Vietnamese spiced pork cutlet with Asian slaw, papaya nam jim, peanut and rooftop honey crumble.
Again this was a substantial dish, with a large pork cutlet grilled beautifully in a spicy honey marinade. The papaya nam jim was packed full of flavour and spices, adding a nice heat to the dish. The fresh mint used in the Asian slaw added a lovely freshness to each mouthful.
To end the night, we tried the cherry bombe with black cherry vinaigrette and yuzu. We were treated to watching the team plate up the desserts with some expert blow torching skills on display.
The cherry bombe itself was divine. The soft, sweet meringue encased a serve of cherry ice cream, which all rested on top of a decadently rich chocolate brownie complete with icing.
The only qualm with dessert was that the cherry vinaigrette side was also served with olive oil which detracted from the fresh flavours of the beautifully constructed bombe Alaska.
The bar at Nest served up some lovely light tea-based cocktails, including a very moreish amaretto, lychee and rose tea cocktail with bitters and fresh lemon juice.
Nest’s new menu holds much promise with beautifully cooked dishes that just need a bit of tweaking for some all-round excellence.
Nest can be found on Roma St, Brisbane and is open for dinner from Monday to Saturday until 9.30pm.