Finally we have a little piece of the deep south in Adelaide. Our own little New Orleans or 'Big Easy', as the Louisiana city is affectionately called by locals. This little piece is situated in the the East End of the city and goes by NOLA (abbreviated from New Orleans, Louisiana). We were invited by our friend Duy from DuyDash to a private taste testing session. Thanks Duy!
NOLA is a rustic styled two-storey bar inspired by the vibrant life and upbeat jazz sounds of New Orleans. Essentially, it is an Australian take on the deep southern feels and sounds of the city. There is a very relaxed and low key feel to the joint. The focus here are quality craft beers, imported whiskies (well over 70 types of whiskies, no less!) as well as the local Australian variety. They are also serving up soulful Cajun and Creole food that the Louisiana city is famous for. Upstairs is where all the real swinging and foot tapping will be happening. The boys behind NOLA are intending to use the space as a venue for live jazz music. Colour us a rainbow of excited because how bloody cool is that sounding already?!
This style of food would be quite new to many people as there are very few (if any?) places in Adelaide that focuses on such unique cuisines. Creole food is an interesting, distinctive blend of West African, Spanish, French, Caribbean, German, Italian and Irish influences. It's the type of food that is grounded, soulful and has that kick of a great array of flavours and spices. The presence of a zing of spices are essential here. No time or room for anything bland, no sir.
We particularly love the Nola Fried Chicken. It has a delicious savoury flavour with the perfect amount of crispiness. Finger lickin' delicious. It pairs very well with the zingy sauce that is given on the side. We also love the fragrant Duck and Bacon Gumbo they have here. It is a hearty stew on rice but more as it exhibits every bit of the spice and vibrancy of its original geographical roots.
Images and words by Linh Nguyen