Are you a wanderer, do you stay long in the same place? Are you wondering why I’m speaking of such things?
Recently, I went to Nomad and no not by adopting the true meaning of the word but to the restaurant in Surry Hills, and let me assure you my experience was in fact the contradiction, as I could stay and eat at this place forever.
Nomad is actually hard to define; the cuisine is amazing, the space inviting and the cellar intriguing – the mischief one could get up to in that cellar! However, I’ll do my best…. It’s a cellar door in the heart of Surry Hills; the establishment showcases the best local produce in both food and wine with Mediterranean style food and a dynamic and seasonally driven menu. Using techniques like smoking, cheese making, curing, wood firing and pickling, you can be sure your taste buds will be treated to a sensory overload when you dine at Nomad. A regional Australian wine list accompanies the menu and has been hand-picked to showcase some of Australia’s finest drops and a few unknowns to surprise and delight patrons.
What did I think of my Nomad experience? Well, simply divine! There was a small wait when we put our names on the list but as it’s situated on Foster Street in Surry Hill there’s a multitude of watering holes nearby with which to pass the time. When we were finally seated, the service was prompt and helpful (exactly what one what want). We began with a small section of the scallops with cauliflower puree, lardo and anchovy (yum), anything with anchovy gets me every time and secondly, the foie gras and chicken liver parfait with radish and Iranian plum. These are available on the current menu (it changes seasonally) and are certainly worth trying. As a child growing up in South Australia, my mother would host many ‘drinky poo’ afternoons with her friends and Maggie Beer’s pâté was always a hit on her enormous platters, so I felt myself being transported back to my childhood with one bite of the chicken liver parfait., suffice to say it was superbly scrumptious!
For main, my gorgeous friend Lisa and I shared the wood-roasted pork (we always order the pork option whenever we spot it on one of our dinner dates). It was a winner but how could you expect it not to be when accompanied by charred cabbage, sweet potato and cheddar gratin. Polished off with amazing wine and a sneaky peak at the room with all the meats (I could happily live there) we were treated to dessert and a nightcap and left Nomad feeling everything but lost, knowing very well we would return, time and time again.
Surry Hills is an eclectic mix of fashion, however, I felt for an evening at Nomad, style and sophistication in the form of monochrome would be the best suit. You can never go wrong with black and white accompanied by highlights of gold in accentuating jewellery and a splash of red lip! This shirt from Ladakh has become a staple and with a sheer effect, it plays both sides of the spectrum, adopting smart and sexy tones all in one.
So, next time you’re looking to become a wanderer, wander into Nomad, you won’t be disappointed!