May 11, 2018
Opened in 2013, Nomad is a casual yet contemporary drinking and dining spot in Surry Hills. There are already a number of cool venues in the vicinity and now this place, attractive on so many levels the work of Heston alumni and ex-Rockpool chef Nathan Sasi adds something new to the mix. The bar part of the operation serves a range of bracing cocktails, including a spiky Trinidad Sour, while the Australian-only wine list is also well worth exploring, at length and in depth. The massive white-tile room is open plan, light and bright with sleek Scandi-style furniture and pickle jars decorating the walls. Various house cured meats grin out at you from the glass-fronted cold storage room. The food is something special. Divided into snacks and sharing places, there’s a clear Middle Easern influence to the menu which features house made Jersey milk halloumi, glorious house-hummus, cumin-scented chicken, wood-roasted piggy bits, crab falafel and various barbecued things. The Nomad charcuterie plate is all kind of excellent, ditto the ocean trout pastrami and the Arabic flavoured steak tartare, which you’re invited to mix yourself. Order an array of dishes and give the wine list a good work out.