One of the newer places we visited on our recent stay in Canberra was Bourbon Street Kitchen in the old Sydney Building in London Circuit. Inside it has a striking mural on one wall depicting New Orleans and Bourbon Street life, and across one side an attractive timber lined bar.
The menu, as you would expect, is a celebration of Southern US fare – with all of the dishes that make the cuisine of the South so famous – jambalaya, gumbo, ribs, smoked brisket, po’ boys, white gravy, corn bread, beignet and key lime pie.
Dropping in for lunch we started with a bottle of rosé while looking over the menu, choosing Louisiana gumbo and blackened fish. Both meals arrived promptly via our friendly and welcoming waiter.
The gumbo, a good sized bowl of rich tomato based soup pimped up with oregano, thyme, cayenne, small prawns, corn and deep fried okra – served over rice was all that Lady FWO wanted – just the right heat for her – for me I would have liked a tad more chilli heat – but hot sauce could always add that.
My blackened fish – a small barramundi – was more deep fried than the classic grilled or pan fried – but it did have a pleasantly smoky taste and the flesh was succulent and fell off the bone. Served with watermelon and cucumber it was not quite what I was expecting, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Only open a few weeks, Bourbon Street is still feeling its way, but the food we had was fine, well cooked, looked good on the plate – the waiters are professional, the look of the place with the artwork is welcoming, wine list was sound, all in all it is worth a visit.