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Nookies Brings the Soul to the Kitchen

This month, I discovered a hidden gem in Oshawa: Nookies Soul Kitchen & Bar located at 1330 Ritson Rd. N. This spot kept popping up in my social media feeds, so I couldn't resist checking it out. With glowing online reviews and a mouthwatering menu that combines pub favourites with Asian and Indian-inspired dishes, I knew I had to experience it for myself.

I arrived shortly after 5 p.m. and was immediately greeted by a lively, music-filled atmosphere. I learned that Nookies is known by locals for its live music scene, and it often features jazz, rock, and a variety of other styles throughout the week. This time, there was a fantastic cover artist on stage, and the diners seemed to be loving it - no surprise here, as Oshawa is affectionately known as ‘Shwa Rock City, after all. It was nice to see a wide array of people enjoying the music, food, and drink.

Nookies' Panko Crusted Thai Chili Chicken and their Bruschetta
Nookies' Panko Crusted Thai Chili Chicken paired with Bruschetta.

Nookies has a ton of variety on their menu. To ensure my choices represented both their take on Asian and Indian-inspired cuisine and Pub Fare, I kicked things off with the Panko Crusted Chicken tossed in Thai Chili Sauce with Pepper, Onions, and Spices. (Those who follow this blog will know I consider myself somewhat of a Chili Chicken connoisseur). I could hear the sizzling skillet and smell the spice before the dish arrived at the table - so my expectations were high, and this dish did not disappoint! The flavour was incredible, which I didn't expect from a pub, but I suppose such flavourful surprises are what make Nookies such a popular spot!

Next up was Roma Tomato Bruschetta with diced plum tomatoes, fresh garlic, red onion, and fresh basil, served on lightly toasted Italian Bread with feta crumble and balsamic glaze. The Bruschetta was easy to eat and perfectly assembled. Each bite maintained a balance of all ingredients—I usually find eating bruschetta difficult as toppings fall off after the first bite. I'm not sure how they did it, but my bruschetta remained intact from the first bite to the last. It was delicious and a refreshing follow-up to the Panko Crusted Chicken.

I had to try their California Turkey Club, a pub classic with a twist. It looked amazing with fresh toppings and perfectly toasted Texas toast with just the right amount of mayo. The turkey and bacon were spot on, and it was packed with bacon, avocado, tomato, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, and mayo. The fries on the side were delicious, and adding gravy was a great choice—I loved it! They definitely didn't cut any corners when it came to the ingredients.

Nookies Clubhouse Sandwich
You can't beat a classic Clubhouse Sandwich

Venturing back into the Asian section of the menu, I couldn't resist ordering the Pad Thai. It was a flavorful combination of Fresh Chicken Breast, Shrimp, Egg, and Vegetables stir-fried with Rice Noodles and Bean Sprouts, topped with Roasted Peanuts. The Pad Thai came out piping hot with lots of chicken and very well-seasoned large pieces of Shrimp. This was a great Pad Thai, not too spicy, but just brimming with flavour. The noodles were well cooked and went well with all the fresh ingredients.

What really set Nookies Soul Kitchen & Bar apart for me was the commitment to offering fresh and diverse menu options that cater to a wide range of tastes. Its inviting ambiance, friendly staff, and top-notch entertainment make it a true gem in North Oshawa. Whether craving familiar favourites or daring to try something new, this establishment promises a memorable experience that leaves you happy and full!

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