NOLA, short for New Orleans, Louisiana is a new bar bringing a touch of Southern hospitality to the East End of Adelaide. Situated between Rundle Street and Ebenezer place, the two story bar is already establishing a name for itself and it’s large selection of American and Australian Whisk(e)ys, classic Louisiana cocktails and their Creole and Cajun inspired Soul food.
That bar itself is has a clean, simple aesthetic with pops of colour and plants to bring a little more life into the room. Well constructed, you can tell the owners are engineers. Overall inviting, jazz music was playing throughout the evening.
Being a cocktail function we were only able to taste just a selection of dishes normally on offer and it left us wanting more. The stand out dish for the night was the Smoked Wild Boar Meatballs. Well balanced, the Smokey richness of the meat was offset by the acidity and crunchiness of the salad.
Another favourite was the Nola Fried Chicken, which was crispy on the outside and moist on the inside – just as it should be. The mayonnaise dipping sauce however was extremely salty and lacked any other flavour so didn’t add much to the dish. Nevertheless the plates were flying off the pass.
The Black Eyed Bean and Charred Corn Salad was a lovely side and served well as a juicy palate cleanser after the richness of the chicken.
We enjoyed the freshness of the Marlin Tartare, however it was the crispy potato chip it was served on that really left an impression. Covered in spices it was paper thin, crispy and extremely moreish. Give us a bowl of those with our craft beer any day!
The final dish, the Creole Tomato Jambalaya, was our least favourite. Lacking seasoning, the absence of a protein, be it chicken or seafood, resulted in a rather bland dish, great as a side, but not a stand-alone meal.
While the food was enjoyable, most noticeable was the lack of heat. Spices did not play a large role in any of the dishes, other than perhaps the potato chip on which the Marlin was served. Of course, not everyone can tolerate spicy food so perhaps that was a good thing.
With regards to the drinks, the wide selection of boutique beers was a crowd pleaser, with many discovering new breweries or flavours they had not yet tried and the wines were all delicious.
A welcome addition to the Adelaide bar scene, NOLA has brought a new energy to the East End.
Words by Olga Winter from Little Miss Stuff
WHERE: 293-295 Rundle St, Adelaide