There’s an old saying that if you take the burnt ends you are getting the worse end of the deal.
That’s certainly not the case at the new NKB Group Burnt Ends Bar at Petrie Terrace which has transformed the site of The Underground adjacent to The Barracks on Petrie Terrace into a destination that’s sure to be a favourite with many, particularly on Suncorp game nights.
It’s been a long year of development to turn the former nightclub into this swanking new bar with Asian fusion and modern Australian food according to NKB Group proprietor TJ Peaboy. The NBK Group is a mover in the Brisbane hospitality scene now with four venues under the banner – Nickel Kitchen & Bar in Fortitude Valley, Navito Kitchen & Bar also at The Barracks and NBK Express at Indooroopilly.
Included in the redesign is a pretty special fire pit, which gives a delightful char-grilled flavour to the bar’s signature Burnt End skewer sticks of pork, chicken, salmon and vegetables. Think chicken thigh with sesame mayo, pork belly with a teriyaki glaze and chicken hearts with a soy glaze. Diners get all the visual high energy drama of flame fuelled cooking.
There is also a snack menu with bao buns filled with chicken katsu, pork belly or panko crumbed white fish. TJ plans to keep this section serving until 3 am bringing a welcome addition to Brisbane’s late night dining options.
At the other end of the restaurant/bar is a charcoal-fuelled oven.
TJ says the coal-fuelled cooking appliances have been custom-designed for Burnt Ends and built in Brisbane. “They are the largest of their kind here in the city,” he says.
There is also a meat aging cabinet so you can pick your favourite cut and watch from the bench as the chefs slice and cook your haunch. Definitely one for the boys!
Although Burnt Ends Head Chef Grant Farraway makes it look easy, NKB Group Executive Chef Gordon MacGregor says it has taken a lot of training to master the coal-fuelled cooking techniques.
“Its definitely tricker to cook on coals compared to gas but we can incorporate some amazing aromas into our proteins by adding hickory-infused wood chips and aromatic herbs like rosemary, sage and thyme,” Gordon says.
Burnt Ends has different seating styles throughout the venue with some green leather booth seating with wooden tables that is reminiscent of the old Underground décor.
There is a rumour going around town that TJ Peabody was banned from The Underground so he bought the building and turned it into Burnt Ends. TJ laughs at the suggestion but this could be the ultimate revenge for a door turnaway.
The Brisbane Underground first opened in Brisbane in 1979 when Melbourne nightclub owner Brian Goldsmith bought the building on the corner of Caxton Street and what is now the Inner City Bypass. Prior to that it had served 43 years as a footwear factory until the late 1970s when it became s a restaurant in that served spaghetti and beer in glasses shaped like fashioned a boot. There was a giant boot on the roof. In 1979, the building was taken over by a Melbourne nightclub owner.
In 1990, the building was demolished to make way for the Hale Street ring road and skate board park was built on the remainder of the property. The Underground reopened in the The Barracks building.
Where is Burnt Ends Kitchen & Bar?
Find Burnt Ends Bar at 61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane.
Bar menu Burnt End Sticks cost from $5 to $10 for two sticks. From the Kitchen side – Starters from $9 to $19; Mains from $30 to $35; Steak from $32 to $84.
Disclaimer: EdbK was a guest at the pre-opening for Burnt Ends Bar & Kitchen