If you wistfully crave a spot where you can tuck into a classic burger, shake and fries, Indooroopilly’s new NKB Express opening December 5 might just be your new local hangout. The latest suburban eatery to hit Brisbane’s westside, this old school milk bar style café is the perfect spot to get your morning caffeine hit, grab a bagel on the way to work or pop in for a diner lunch.
The venture comes from the parents of Nantucket Kitchen and Bar, Indooroopilly’s sophisticated Cape Cod inspired restaurant. The stylish tastes and American influence evident at NKB senior will be just as apparent in the new NKB Express, but with a more retro diner feel. Its chic, retro furnishings and booth style seating sing of 1940’s whimsy, providing somewhere really, really cool to grab a bite whether you’re an Indro resident or a commuter coming and going to the nearby train station.
Taking the lead from their big sister, a charcoal oven in the kitchen will be used to put a deliciously charcoal roasted twist on all their classic diner menu items, including the burgers.
Those burgers are the main attraction on the menu, with 10 hard to choose from variations, all inspired by New York districts. The Tribeca is stuffed with a pile of pulled pork and chipotle BBQ sauce with red cabbage slaw or there’s the Soho – vegetarian of course, with a chickpea patty, grilled zucchini and soft feta. You can even make any burger paleo with lettuce wrapped fillings instead of a bun.
For early morning feeds, a breakfast bagel stuffed with egg, bacon, avocado, feta and tomato relish will get you on track for the rest of the day. The Coney Island waffles topped with Hershey’s chocolate syrup, ice cream and sprinkles, however, might send you into a sugar coma. It will be worth it.
While the menu might be internationally inspired, the produce isn’t, with grass fed beef, organic chicken, sauces and all sorts of other ingredients locally sourced – right down to their house made ice cream.
Hot dogs, shakes and plenty of deep fried goodness (it wouldn’t be a diner without it) in the form of French fries, onion rings and deep fried pickles (YUM) fill out the menu of American classics, with plenty of gluten free options available. If that’s not enough to get you there, we’re sure soda spiders brimming withhomemade ice cream will tip the balance in NKB Express’ favour.
NKB Express will be open Tuesday to Sunday from 6:30am-7:00pm (8pm Thursday to Saturday).
Words by Lucille Burkitt