When a little birdie told us that there were two talented chefs serving some serious food out of a small bistro in the Old City Quarter, we knew we had to investigate.
The Nest Bistro is owned and operated by chefs Nicolas Braun and Jennifer Ash. The pair offer Pacific Northwest fare with French and Italian influences leaving their mark on every plate. Hailing from Vancouver, the pair settled in Nanaimo after realizing the location and size were just right for their prospective restaurant. Their joint efforts have produced a cozy and intimate space with an inviting atmosphere to match. The modest decor plays on their namesake with birds, feathers and branches accentuating the simple but elegant layout. Teal tables line a leather bench and chairs, with bright counter seating along the window.
As it was past noon, we were able to justify a glass of the house white each as we ruminated over their understated but enticing lunch menu. With tantalizing choices like their signature Seafood Trio with crab cake, filo prawns and a tian of baby shrimp cocktail and comforting baked Jenny Mac we knew we had difficult decisions ahead. Our cheerful server asked if either of us had any food allergies prior to taking our order, a considerate gesture which we appreciated. Continue reading