Chinese New Year at Nest 2015

A guide to Chinese New Year Celebrations in Brisbane

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Immerse yourself in China’s rich cultural heritage and welcome the Year of the Monkey with fun, laughter and of course copious amounts of flavoursome food.

Here’s a list of Brisbane’s best Chinese New Year Celebrations:

Chinese Gourmet Festival

Location: Nest Brisbane 

Date: January 26-31

Nest has teamed up with Griffith University to deliver a cultural festival with 3 of China’s world renown chefs. The festival includes:

  • Cooking Class and Banquet – 27th January
  • New Year Luncheon – 29th January
  • Mah Jong Championship – 31st January

More Information here


Moreton Bay Lunar New Year

Location: Caboolture Town Square

Date: February 6th

A FREE event filled with traditional music, dance, delicious food and fireworks.

More Information here 


Inala Chinese New Year

Location: Corner Wirraway Parade, and Corsair Avenue, Inala

Date: February 5-6

Trying to avoid the busy crowds at celebrations in the city? Welcome the New Year with the local community in the cultural heart of Inala.

More Information here 


BrisAsia Festival 

Location: Across Brisbane

Date: February 7 until February 28th

Head to the streets of Brisbane for a cultural display of the Lion Dance or indulge in traditional Chinese food. Activities will be hosted across Brisbane.

View the full schedule here


2016 Valley Chinese New Year

Location: China Town, Fortitude Valley

Date: February 12-14

Brisbane’s China Town Mall plays host to one of the best New Year celebrations on offer, with firecrackers, traditional music and more.

More Information here 


Written by: Aliyah Ravat 

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Chinese New Year | Nest Brisbane

Nest Brisbane 

Location: 2, 159 Roma Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

DATE: Chinese New Year – 8th February

For the second year in a row, Nest Brisbane is delivering one of the most spectacular Chinese New Year Festivals. They have teamed up with the Tourism Confucius Institute of Griffith University to host three award winning Chinese Master Chefs.  It is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in China’s rich cultural heritage with a slight twist. Food is a language understood by all cultures, It tells a story that speaks to the heart; It is one of the greatest reflections of culture. For Brisbane diners, this is an opportunity to travel to a land afar without having to leave Australia at all, with freshly prepared dishes made from local produce.

The VIP Dinner & Cooking Demonstration will commence on the 26th of January and run through until the end of February.

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Written by: Aliyah Ravat


Christmas at Nest Brisbane

Location: 159 Roma Street

Meal: Dinner (from 2 pm)

Cost: 2 course – $45 per person

3 course – $55 per person


Nest Brisbane’s Michelin rated chef, Kenneth Burton has created a Christmas menu with a twist. Its a take on your classic Christmas dishes entwined with an influence of the East. A fuss free Christmas is the way to go, sparing up time for what’s really important, family and friends. I was lucky enough to sample the Christmas menu on offer before hand and I will give you my assurance that it was perfection!


Moreton Bay bug, mango, avocado and a coriander tian, fresh chilli, micro salad. This dish is my description of a Queensland Christmas. Fresh, light and delicious. Prawn and mango work an absolute treat together. A perfect sized entree that will be the talk of the table.



No Christmas dinner is complete without Ham or Turkey. A combination of the two, is what makes the main so exciting. Every bite left me wanting more. Turkey, pistachio, chestnut and rooftop honey glazed ham crusted roulade with five spiced pumpkin mash, wok fried tamarind greens and beetroot essence. Nothing short of perfection; all the flavours of a traditional Christmas dinner entwined together to create a marvellous feast.



If you have a sweet tooth then I know you will love dessert. For me personally, I found the dessert way to sweet, but that’s just me. I have never been a fan of Christmas puddings. I would prefer a simple fruit platter to finish my meal. But it is Christmas and tis the season to indulge. Warm plum pudding served with cinnamon ice cream, brandy anglaise plus a summer berry and Thai basil salsa.


Make a reservation at or call 3238 2269

Hope you all have a lovely Festive Season!

xx Aliyah Ravat


*photo credits: Emotive Light Photography 

The best spots for after work drinks | Brisbane


The best way to end a long day at the office is to drink up with your work mates! Relax, unwind and get into party mode. Oh, and don’t we love a good party. We have made our way through Brisbane finding the best spots, that will be sure to impress your colleagues.

Ending the day at a roof top pool bar with amazing views sounds like perfection to me. Indulge in their boozy cocktails, crafted by their talented bar staff or relax with a glass of wine; and if you need something to nibble on, order some of their amazing share plates. Remember to leave the car at home, as Soleil is located only a stones throw from South Bank train and bus stations.

View their full menu here.

The Shadow Lounge at Jade Buddah is a personal favourite! The vibe is intimate and relaxed, over looking the beautiful Brisbane River. It is the ideal place to sit down and and chill after a long day, or if you really feel like partying,  make your way to the dance floor! Located close to Ferry Services and only a few minutes walk from Central Station.

Conveniently located next to Roma Street Train Station within Hotel Jen, Nest Brisbane never disappoints. Relax and enjoy their impressive wine menu and whist you are it, try out their Asian Inspired menu.

A hidden bar, with pool tables and an Asian Inspired menu, what more could one ask for? The ideal space to retrieve from the world. I would recommend trying out their Frozen Espresso or the Golden Gai-Time Cocktails.

View their full menu here.

Grab a few cocktail jugs which are reasonably priced (under $35)  and take in the views of the beautiful Treasury Casino. Communal Bar & Eat House is located in Brisbane Square and is the perfect place for a a few cocktails and some pizza (definitely try out their pizza).

View their full menu here.