Feelish peckish? Kukula’s flame-grilled chicken meals will hit the spot!

Michelle Taylor 8 July 2020 21
Managers Vidya and Aryan

Managers Vidya and Aryan welcome you to sample their menu. Photos: Supplied.

“For a restaurant that opened right in the middle of COVID-19 restrictions, we have felt the love,” says manager Vidya, whose cardigan is as vivid as the bold-hued rooster on the feature wall behind her in Kukula’s.

“As soon as we opened, people were curious and walked in. Some of those people have become regulars. We couldn’t do a launch, and it has been a journey, but it has been a wonderful journey.”

Kukula’s is the restaurant she manages with two friends. Sanskrit for ‘rooster’, the word Kukula is also a playful double entendre, hence its tagline: “home of the cheeky chook”. Along one wall, several iPads offer the distraction of preloaded games for fidgety kids while the adults finish dinner.

Kukula’s menu centres around Portuguese-style grilled chicken, permeated with the fragrance of Ceylonese spices. Vidya says Kukula’s unique sauces set them apart.

“We have added Ceylonese chilli, introduced Indian chilli and blended in the fragrance of curry leaf.”

Chicken mural

Mural, mural on the wall, who’s got the tastiest chicken of all? The feature wall created by talented local street artist, Happy Decay.

Over the past year, the team behind Kukula’s has been refining their signature sauces and taste testing their dishes. Starting at mild BBQ Rib and Lemon Herb, the range of sauces include three escalating levels of heat: Flame, Fire and Hell. Keep an eye out for their upcoming ‘Bloody Hell’ level of intensity which even made Vidya cry fiery tears!

Kukula’s founders have many years of food industry business behind them. Canberra store manager Aryan worked alongside them in Sydney for 10 years.

“Aryan has a vast knowledge of the food and put a lot of love into this business,” says Vidya of her business partner.

Burgers, wraps and pockets, fresh salads, garlic bread, scrumptious sweet potato fries and paella join the range of grilled-chicken options on the menu. What does Vidya recommend?

“The paella is one of our best sellers. It comes out on a sizzling plate, it’s very colourful. We put a little blend of cultures into it. And we present our Kukula burger in a black charcoal bun.

“We have vegetarian options, vegan options, gluten-free. The chips are gluten-free. Our chicken is halal. We truly want to cater to whoever comes to eat here.”

Inside Kukula's

Inside Kukula’s modern space.

Try the satisfying Kukula burger. A juicy grilled chicken breast, delicate bite of jalapeno, sweet-tangy caramelised onions and salad fill the burger’s soft charcoal bun. Smooth, garlicky aioli might just drip down your chin and you can adjust the spice level by choosing which sauce the breast is cooked in.

The paella’s rice is robust. Its lemony tang cuts through the rich flavours of the chicken and tomato-based sauce. If you are eating in Kukula’s, the paella comes out on a sizzling plate.

It’s a heady smell, chicken being grilled over an open flame, one that gets the mouth-watering. Enticed by the intoxicating aromas, I impulsively order The Boys are Hungry – a hearty share pack featuring a whole chicken, eight BBQ chicken ribs, four grilled tenderloins and four chicken wings!

The kiss of the flame infuses the tender char-grilled chicken. The ribs, wings and tenderloins are juicy and piquant with the lemon-herb marinade I selected.

Kukula’s chips are long, thin and crunchy, coated with a tangy spiced salt. We enjoy every bite.

Expect to see and hear much more of Kukula’s this year. And not just because of their tasty chicken.

“We have franchised Kukula’s,” Vidya explains. “The Kukula’s that is opening in ANU is our first franchise. And within the next three months we will have two more franchises in Sydney. Kukula’s is going to be a food chain. Any members of the public who are interested can contact us for information or a meeting.”

With another franchise starting soon in Melbourne and their first international franchise opening in New Zealand, Kukula’s reputation for colourful and tasty plates of food is spreading.

Kukula's in Bunda St

Kukula’s is in Bunda St in the city but is being franchised across.

Kukula’s is located at 122 Bunda St in Civic. It is open 7 days from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm (and later on Fridays and Saturdays).

Kukula’s now offer catering packs and party packs including wraps, mini burgers and wings. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to find out more.


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21 Responses to Feelish peckish? Kukula’s flame-grilled chicken meals will hit the spot!
Mike Sin Mike Sin 6:00 pm 10 Jul 20

Dustin Wilson lunch next week?

Cathy Truman Cathy Truman 7:24 pm 08 Jul 20

It has the best chicken paella 😘🥰👍

Emily Lukasiak Emily Lukasiak 12:29 pm 08 Jul 20

Next on the list Gavin!

    Gavin Saldanha Gavin Saldanha 2:32 pm 08 Jul 20

    Aamir Khan and I have already been there

    Aamir Khan Aamir Khan 2:36 pm 08 Jul 20

    Great food Emily. I'd recommend their whole chicken and paella.

Chris Goldrick Chris Goldrick 11:50 am 08 Jul 20

The 'No Frills Chicken' burger is awesome!

Renee Vercoe Renee Vercoe 8:02 am 08 Jul 20

Jo Anna could be good?

Sheridan New Sheridan New 11:28 pm 07 Jul 20

Charlie Church we need to try as an alt to nandos

Magarac Singh Magarac Singh 10:45 pm 07 Jul 20

Vy Doan have you been here?

Rhianna Kuchel Rhianna Kuchel 9:49 pm 07 Jul 20

Michael Frew this sounds so good!!

Gloria Altinger Gloria Altinger 8:59 pm 07 Jul 20

Congrats Vidya

David Graver David Graver 8:41 pm 07 Jul 20

The Paella is fricking awesome!

Darren Sault Darren Sault 8:30 pm 07 Jul 20

Char grilled wings are awesome.

Frank Tapia Frank Tapia 8:26 pm 07 Jul 20

Good chicken!

Mia Gouveia Mia Gouveia 8:25 pm 07 Jul 20

Manda Gouveia yum 😋 I wonder how authentic it is.

Pamela Gonzalez Pamela Gonzalez 8:17 pm 07 Jul 20

Word to the wise, order the extra crispy bacon... So good!

And the staff are lovely

Julia Evans Julia Evans 8:11 pm 07 Jul 20

Christa McCulloch-White Do you know this one?

Dingo Dom Shanahan Dingo Dom Shanahan 8:09 pm 07 Jul 20

The chicken pockets are amazing !

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