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EP. 1 NOLA WINNIPEG
WHAT IS NOLA?
Nola Winnipeg is one of Winnipeg’s newest fine dining establishments to open its doors. After opening in 2021, during the pandemic mayhem, Nola has become one of Winnipeg’s most notable restaurants, even earning a spot in magazines such as EnRoute. The restaurant is a part of Mike Del Buono’s Burnley Place Hospitality, a group responsible for two other amazing Winnipeg restaurants—King and Bannatyne and Second Spot.
Chef Emily Butcher, a Top Chef Canada contestant and chef of the restaurant, has done an amazing job creating a menu of West Coast styles with a zest of Chinese influence. Bright colours. Small garnishes. BIG flavours.
5 REASONS TO GO
- THE MENU & FOOD
NOLA Winnipeg boasts a strong fine dining menu that rotates regularly. Nola also offers a wide arrange of gluten-free and vegetarian options for those who may not be able to enjoy the ladder. The food is fresh, artisanal crafted, and gushes flavour—the cocktails are just as good.
- TOP CHEF CANADA CONTESTANT EMILY BUTCHER
How many restaurants in Winnipeg can say they are led by an industry-leading professional and TOP CHEF CANADA CONTESTANT!? This alone is a reason to stop by and experience Nola.
- CHEF’S TABLE EXPERIENCE
Book yourself the PERFECT date night with the ‘Chef’s table experience’. Sit front row and watch the magic. As someone who likes to cook at home, this was a really cool experience for me to see. It’s also perfect for those who are addicted to cooking competition shows like Top Chef and Master Chef because it’s like watching a special live episode.
- THE AMBIANCE
Located in the heart of St. Boniface, Nola occupies the building the old Black Bird Brasserie and Bouchée Boucher used to operate. The street view, mixed with a lovely leather interior, and low lighting setup makes for a very relaxed and intimate dining experience.
- THE SERVING STAFF
Nola Winnipeg has one of the best server teams in the city of Winnipeg and here’s why. They’re present, but not overbearing. I found their timing to be impeccable the entire evening—I never felt bothered or forgotten. They also know their menu front to back and can tell you every little detail about it. Far too often servers become complacent about the food they’re serving, but you can tell this staff takes pride in the food that comes out of their kitchen.
ORDER 4-5 DISHES
To get the full Nola experience, servers recommend ordering 4-5 dishes for lunch or dinner. I ordered 5 dishes (two apps, two mains, and one dessert) to share with one other person—it was the PERFECT amount of food!
GET THE PICKEREL
This was by far the best pickerel I have ever eaten—actually, the best fish I’ve ever eaten! It was so good, I compare it to my experience at the Boathouse in Vancouver.
TRY THE DESSERT
I tried the chocolatier for dessert. I believe it was choclate, butterscotch, with hazelnuts and an espresso ice cream.
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Hours & Location
101-300 Tache Ave
Tue-Thur: 11:00 AM–3:00 PM + 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
Fri-Sat: 11:00 AM–3:00 PM + 5:00 P–11:00 PM
(204) 505 – 0760
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