NOLA Bistro & Lounge
Taste all the flavors of the world when you dine at NOLA Bistro & Lounge, a locally owned, independent restaurant situated in the heart of cozy downtown Osseo. This unique, eclectic fusion restaurant offers a sumptuous variety of worldly cuisines for the culinary adventurer that will transport you to international destinations such as New York, Paris, Zurich, London, Mumbai or New Orleans.
Food is prepared fresh daily with healthy ingredients, and the spices are freshly ground in NOLA's in-house spice shop. Enjoy this destination eatery not only for its tasty entrees and fine wines and spirits, but also for its unique décor and ambiance. NOLA is the perfect venue for private dining, or for those looking to host a larger event or party.
Start your night with some one-of-a-kind appetizers! Cheese lovers can rejoice with the Greek feta sesame saganaki, which is fried cheese covered in sesame seeds with a honey drizzle. And if you like olives, try the Zaatar Bruschetta, a Moroccan dish made with a spread of thyme, sesame, sumac, cheese, garlic and olives on toasted bruschetta pieces. If you're looking for some deep-fried goodness, order the hushpuppies, the equivalent of savory mini doughnuts, served with a spicy green remoulade. And don't forget their own special version of poutine!
Sip on handcrafted cocktails as you enjoy these starters and decide from the plethora of interesting ethnic entrees. Each cocktail incorporates their exclusive house-made syrups including rose, lavender and orange blossom. For a true sampler of the syrups, try Monet's Garden, which includes all three syrups served with fresh orange juice, Saint Germain liqueur and your choice of rum, vodka or gin. NOLA offers its own twist on the Hurricane, made with fresh squeezed oranges, apple cider, guava, lychee, fresh lime, light and dark rum with a hint of Cointreau. For a cozy drink, try the Orchard Punch, sweet and refreshing whiskey and cider spiked with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, or the Sazerac, made with bourbon whiskey and anise-clove-cinnamon house syrup. Enjoy your drink, since it may take a while to decide which culinary destination strikes your fancy for the main dish!
Looking for a New Orleans adventure? Try the Crawfish & Shrimp Étouffée, made with potato croquettes, rice, and seasonal vegetables. The presentation of the dish is punctuated by a crawfish, who appears to have taken a dive into delicious waves of creamy rice and shrimp. Other "N'awlins" classics include blackened catfish seasoned with house spice blend, seared in a smoking iron pan then grilled, served with red beans, rice, stewed tomato and seasonal vegetables; and red beans and rice, plantain and andouille, seasoned with tomato, trinity and creole spices.
More interested in international flavors? Try the Yakitori Chicken (Japan), featuring grilled chicken, sautéed onions, rice, tomato stew, salad and seasonal vegetables. The spices of the dish meld together perfectly, creating a mild, yet unforgettable dish! Other international dishes include Green Curry (Thailand), tofu or chicken, coconut sauce, spicy chili, seasonal vegetables and rice; Eggplant (Middle East), stewed eggplant served with beans, rice, seasonal vegetables and yogurt-mint garnish; Chicken Masala (India), grilled chicken with garam masala (aromatic spices) in a spiced yogurt marinade served with rice, tomato stew, and seasonal vegetables; and Chicken Satay (Indonesia), grilled chicken with spicy peanut-coconut sauce served with tomato stew, rice, salad and seasonal vegetables.
Want something lighter? The warm salad combines perfectly grilled chicken and seasonal vegetables with everyone's favorite topping, cheese! They also offer a classic Greek salad. Many of NOLA's dishes are gluten free, vegan and/or vegetarian to accommodate a variety of diets. Any meat can be replaced with tofu in any of the dishes.
And if you still can't decide what to order, try the Pangea Platter For Two, a culinary excursion in world cuisine served family style. The dish for two includes the Banana Leaf Platter, filled with Zaatar, Thai curry, Indian chicken, Japanese grilled fish, beans, plantain, veggies, rice and yogurt, followed by a dessert of Carrot Halva. If New Orleans is more your style, try the Nola Big Easy for Two with red beans and rice served as a first course, followed by hushpuppies, shrimp étouffée with rice, jambalaya with andouille sausage, blackened catfish, beans and rice, and eggplant.
When you're ready to finish off your dining experience with a sweet treat, you can choose from an array of desserts that rotate seasonally. Those looking for classic comfort food, can enjoy Pecan Pie or Sweet Potato Pie. Chocolate lovers can devour the Chocolate Layer Cake with a splash of almond, or if caramel is more your thing, sample the house-made Creme Caramel, similar to flan. And if you want to continue your international culinary feast, taste the Carrot Halva, an Indian dessert that is best described as a mix between carrot cake and fudge. The very rich and dense delicacy is comprised of shredded carrots, cashews, saffron, cardamom, sugar, milk, ghee and other ingredients.
Want to try your hand at creating some of these delectable delights at home? NOLA offers an assortment of cooking classes, including Indian, Thai, International and Farmers Market Classes. These classes are offered Wednesday and Thursday evenings for $35 per person. They also offer private cooking lessons. To learn more or signup for a class, visit http://www.ethnicfoodsco.com/.
In addition to providing an unforgettable, international dining experience, NOLA offers a great space to host your next event. Their team can tailor each event to your needs with a variety of menus, set-ups and service, as well as entertainment, from cooking and painting classes to mixology class and live jazz music. To learn more about the event space, visit http://www.nolamn.com/copy-of-event-center.
Wednesday through Saturday (Closed Sunday-Tuesday)
Weekly Specials & Upcoming Events
Wine & Dine Wednesdays – Share a bottle of wine and two entrees for $25 each
Ongoing – All drinks Two for One at the bar.
Big Fat Mardi Gras Party – Fat Tuesday, Feb. 13 – Free food and live music.
Valentine's Day – Feb. 14 – Special Menu
Reserve your spot for these events online at http://www.nolamn.com/.