NOLA takes thing up a notch

NOLAOur favourite little slice of New Orleans in Sydney, NOLA never rests on its laurels. Yes, they’re busy almost every night of the week, but hey, you’ve got to stay one step ahead of the game in Sydney.

And this year, NOLA has a brand new menu, thanks to a brand new head chef. Executive Chef Troy Spencer has taken over the kitchen. In his own words, he’s ‘dropped the tweezers and picked up the tongs’, swapping the last couple of years in the realms of fine dining and French food, for the slow cooked meats and hearty flavours of America’s south. And boy does he have it nailed.

NOLA Sydney spread

First things first, some of the NOLA classics we all know and love remain, like the Smokehouse menu, but 75% of the menu is new. The restaurant’s two smoking ovens are busy pumping out chicken, brisket, double-smoked sausage and pork shoulder, but they’re busy with vegetables too.

Now, lets be clear, NOLA has never been about big meat hits. Yes, there’s a lot of meat on the menu, but it still comes to the table with a delicate balance of flavours, best paired with ancient grain salad, fire roasted carrots with ash goats curd or even grilled cornbread.

Gumbo fans will be jumping up and down for the blue swimmer gumbo, and there’s a red rice jambalaya that has big, bold flavours to keep your taste buds happy.

Stick around for dessert, for an eight layered Doberge cake or a S’Mores sandwich you won’t want to put down.

NOLA S'Mores

NOLA Smokehouse & Bar 
Tower 1, Level 1, 100 Barangaroo Ave
Barangaroo Sydney 
Opening Hours: 
Mon – Fri: 11.45am – 1am 
Sat: 4pm – 1am 
Sun: 11.45am – 6pm



About the author

Lisa used to use Sydney as a base to drop off souvenirs before heading off on the next adventure but these days she’s got her feet almost on the ground, with a desire to try every high tea in Sydney, and a cute cavoodle puppy at home. Travel writer, photographer and Kitchen Aid freak, she loves to eat, bake and write.


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