NOMAD Up The Road
When word broke back in September of a devastating fire at Surry Hills Meditteranean-inspired restaurant and cellar door, NOMAD, we were left feeling pretty heavy-hearted. The restaurant has become an absolute cornerstone of the Surry Hills restaurant scene, boasting a unique sustainable approach, a wine list that heroes Australian wine-making talent, and a one-in-a-million bottomless rosé brunch on weekends.
Not to mention, head chef Jacqui Challinor's duck mortadella and olive oil ice cream sandwiches.
But these legends aren't letting anyone down. They're back in the game as of November 1, 2019 with a temporary set up that's equally as beautiful as their OG Foster Street digs. Called NOMAD Up The Road, you can expect the very best of NOMAD (even those CJ Hendry sketches), with a few new additions thrown into the mix. It'll be the home of NOMAD until the original site gets rebuilt (slated to open again in early 2020).
As for what you can expect here, think a light-filled warehouse fit out with high ceilings, an open kitchen, signature Mediterranean flavours and, of course, an impressive wine list.
For NOMAD Up The Road’s three-month residency on Commonwealth Street, it’ll be open for lunch and dinner six days a week. It’s a 140-seat restaurant with kitchen counter seating, large group tables and a private dining area for up to 24 guests (an absolute must for any end of year get-togethers). As for the interior, it’ll feel very much like NOMAD’s distinct style, complete with aforementioned CJ Hendry artworks on the walls.
In the new kitchen, Challinor has forged an updated menu focussing on smaller shared plates and incorporates a number of new eats. But fear not, notable dishes have been carried over from NOMAD: the kingfish ceviche, zucchini flowers and, thankfully, the duck mortadella and olive oil ice-cream sandwich.
The cannellini bean hummus with cumin burnt butter has also come along for the ride, however, since NOMAD’s signature wood-fired oven won’t be making an appearance at this temp joint, the accompanying flatbread has gone from the fire to the plancha. And yes, the venue’s popular bottomless rosé brunch deal will also continue to run every Saturday from midday with a new menu to pair with the new space.
NOMAD Up The Road will open Friday 1 November at 85 Commonwealth Street in Surry Hills and will be available for lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday.
Image credit: Petrina Tinslay