Nomad Opens Its Doors In Surry Hills

By Ellie Schneider
9th Oct 2013

Encased in a stunning turn-of-the-century warehouse in Surry Hills, Nomad has just opened—a cellar door to the best Australian wine and produce, along with an old-school dining experience.

Nomad is the brainchild of Al Yazbek (of Toko fame) and his partner Rebecca Littlemore. Returning from their sojourns through the Australian vineyards, the pair saw a gap in the market, appreciating the city's need for a new cellar door. Thus, Nomad was born.

Housed within the converted Spence & Lyde site, in close vicinity to Longrain,  the revamped space boasts a palette of concrete and steel, with a purpose-built cheese room and charcuterie.

Chef Nathan Sasi (previously of Heston Blumenthal's Dinner, Moro in London, Sean's Panaroma and est.) is taking over the kitchen. The evolving menu sees a revival of cooking that is rooted in the past—applying methods such as pickling, curing, smocking, fermenting and drying, as well as cheese making and whole animal butchery where no part is wasted. Working with passionate farmers and local purveyors, the menu of share dishes is peppered with Mediterranean flavours and spices.

We highly recommend: beef cheek bastourma with baba ganoush and potato crostini; smoked pork empanada; Chermoula braised lamb neck; and foie gras and chicken liver parfait with radish and Iranian plum.

For dessert you simply can't go past the Daintree Estate chocolate cake, the Moroccan shortbread and the figs in Nomad mead—delicious.

The cocktails, beers and ciders are all standouts—but wine is the order of the day here, showcasing the true classics to the weird and wonderful.

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