Bourbon Street Louisiana Creole restaurant and jazz bar captures the essence of New Orleans’ French Quarter and serves it up with a side of smoky soul.
A very new addition to Southbank, Bourbon Street Louisiana Creole is a pop of wow.
Sitting up the QCA end of Grey Street, the space itself feels like you have stepped into another world. Taking inspiration from the real Bourbon Street in New Orleans, the venue meshes modern elements with rustic charm, creating a combination that is undeniably appealing. The paint-splashed walls are plastered with bold art and bright colours, the fittings are quirky and unusual, the chandeliers demand attention and everywhere you turn, there is something else to catch your eye. This isn’t to say that the restaurant feels chaotic, rather all the elements have been paired perfectly and the result is intoxicating.
Looking from the outside in, you can choose to dine al fresco on the porch, seated in French cafe-style white chairs at high tables or dining perched up on the benchtop the runs the length of the restaurant.
Inside, the feel is more formal with dark wood, rose pink walls, mirrors and old framed photographs. Soft strains of New Orleans jazz set the scene, providing slightly hypnotic background sounds. Come either for the food or the drinks – both are equally as impressive.
The menu is designed to be shared, as everything sounds so delicious but couldn’t be all eaten by one person in one sitting. So sharing provides the opportunity to sample a little of everything. Try the Gouda Beignets which are a traditional New Orleans style fritter filled with French gouda cheese, the Crawfish Ravioli or Mr B’s Jumbo Lump Crab Cake. Or peruse the Tapas selection on the cocktail menu to order a couple of small side plates.
Not into sharing? Head straight to mains which include Ancho Rib Fillet with warm corn and black bean relish, Red Wine and Port Braised Sticky Short Ribs or Moules Marniere.
Desserts look divine and surely you couldn’t go past ordering the traditional Louisiana Pecan Pie or Ivory Cream with Biscuit and Sweet Creole Sauce?
Even if you are full to exploding, you must sample a few of their signature drinks. Standouts include the Mint Julep, the “Original” Hurricane or the Japanese Bloody Mary. House favourites range from the Bourbon Tea Party to the Smokey Roy to the Frenchman Flip. Did we mention that there is also a selection of Absinthe recipes on offer? The names alone will have you wanting more — Absinthe Drip, Tinkerbell Sour, Neverland and the Nuclear Potion.
Open every day until late, Bourbon Street Louisiana Creole can be found at 184 Grey Street, Southbank.