Nomad - Smoky Flavours in Surry Hills
Nomad restaurant is so hot right now, having recently been awarded a Chef's Hat in the Good Food Guide. Come here for an amazing wine list, modern cuisine and some 8 chefs on hand to please the constant packed out restaurant.
Nomad has the "wow" factor when it comes to a compelling menu, great service, impressive ambience and top notch wine list. I was fortunate to be able to get a last minute booking, being a diner for one... For those who like their meat, you won't be disappointed here. Yet the vegetarian selections are also compelling (think fried chickpeas and woodroasted beetroot).
Fresh seasonal produce is the emphasis in an ever changing menu with the Smoked Pork Empanadas with harissa hot sauce (above) an amazing dish. Other outstanding small plates include the Foie Gras & Chicken Liver Parfait with radish, Iranian plum and the BBQ Wagyu Tongue with mojo verde.
When you enter Nomad you are struck by the lack of obvious signage of the restaurant on the outside - I love nondescript entrances. This looked like a converted warehouse with a semi industrial ceiling - translating to a largish restaurant fitting 150 patrons.
I perched myself at the open kitchen where I counted 8 chefs in action. The large woodoven was well primed to bring incredible smoky flavours.
Looking around I was also impressed by the dark restaurant with glow of funky lighting, the cement floors, high celings, exposed brick and the large vats near the entrance signalling this is wine central.
Alluring also is the interesting dining areas including a main section with tables, bar area and open kitchen with stools, and other small dining spaces.
After the empenadas I was impressed with this sweet potato and cheddar gratin with crispy top...
The Wood Roasted Pork with charred cabbage, sweet potato & cheddar gratin was a magnificent dish, although I was intially tempted by the BBQ Lamb Rump with moroccan eggplant salad, sheeps yoghurt.
The Wood Roasted Pork was the complete meal. The pork itself weas sumptuous, coming from the grill in front of me. Of course there was a slice of crackling to imbibe. The cabbage also resounded with smoky flavours and was slightly blackened. I managed to combine all this with the delectable gratin for an absolute triumph of a meal. Excellent with a Heathcote Shiraz.
No wonder I was feeling full, as this pork dish was large, designed to be shared by two people. With the entree, and the main enjoyed, I was done.
Nomad is a compelling restaurant that ticks all the boxes. The ambience has a romance, and it was no surprise to see a number of couples here enjoying the moment. Nomad is also a leader in hosting classic wine events. Woodoven bliss here. Highly recommended.