Buk Buk Southern Hot
What started as a habitual scroll through Instagram one day turned into a web-wide deep dive into Nashville hot chicken for Kieren and Emily Mykyta, the couple behind new Flinders Park chicken joint Buk Buk.
The new concept came after the Mykytas had taken a year off from work (they sold their old burger shop, 127 Days, to new owners), travelled Europe and had their second child. Originally conceived as a trailer for events (Buk Buk first emerged at 2019's Beer & BBQ Festival), with the help of business partner at the time Angus Fisher-Marks, the couple decided to return to their roots and open a brick-and-mortar when they found the Flinders Park digs.
The menu is compact and straight to the point: there are boneless pieces, wings and tenders, served as spicy as you want. heat levels range from the mild “Mom & Pop” to the sweat-inducing “All Money In”. Sides include waffle fries, macaroni and cheese and slaw.
The fit-out has a DIY, sentimental feel. An old church pew has been repurposed as a bench; the branding was designed by Kieren, and almost all of the framed photographs on the walls were either taken by the couple themselves or pulled from their family photo albums. Gelato is supplied by the Mykyta’s friends at Ecco Gelato.
For drinks there’s Pirate Life and Balter on tap plus Little Bang tinnies and boutique wines and spirits.