Nomad, Surry Hills
Beep. Beep. ANOTHER OBNOXIOUS BEEP.
That’s the sound of Sydney’s chefs, critics, and wandering wine-lovers checking in to Nomad.
The impressive industrial space in lower Surry Hills comes, at long last, from Alan Yazbek (ex-Toko) and partner Rebecca Littlemore.
Set within a stunning, turn-of-the-century warehouse, industrial-style concrete and steel furnishings give way to light, wooden shelvings, long tables and bars and a patchwork of copper brick feature walls. Close your eyes and envision the sleek, Scandi-looking barstool - this is where you’ll be perched all November long as you sip your way through an expertly curated Australian wine list.
Think reds, whites and sparklings from Orange, Mudgee, and even, Canberra. According to the owners, you can soon expect to see some more familiar names and
faceslabels, like Hunter and Barossa Valleys (cool it conservatives, you’ll have your day).
Aptly named Master of Wine, Robb Geddes said,
“Nomad’s wine list comprises of wines that have been ‘grown rather than made’ to show aromatic complexity and flavour detail reflecting their origins and retaining food friendliness. These wines are medium to full bodied with natural acid, moderate alcohol and are food friendly.”
Geddes guided us through the media tasting with infectious excitement and bold proclamations- making it hard for us to resist The Queen Of Grenash or The One PerCent of Australia’s Wine. Sure, who are we to say no to royalty?
Speaking of food – this is when you’ll move away from the long bar, and onto the long table for moorish Modern Mediterranean share plates. Chef Nathan Sasi has brought his expertise and old world techniques (like pickling, curing, smoking and fermenting) from London, where he recently worked at Hester Blumenthal’s Dinner restaurant. None of his vision has been compromised by the venture, with Yazbek and Littlemore ‘trusting him completely’. When he asked for a wood-fired oven, capable of slow cooking a full lamb or pig, they obliged.
Other delicious, though more humble, dishes on offer include; must-order, smoked pork empanada with perfect pastry (w/ harissa hot sauce, $12). The light and crisp Jersey Milk Haloumi is colourful and a filling vegetarian option, but the Chermoula Braised Lamb Neck (w/trimmings for two $36) is compulsory.
Because we said so, that’s why.
Still have room for dessert? You could try the Daintree Estate chocolate cake (w/ Iranian apricot paste) or try one of the after dinner tawnies, like Lillypilly ‘Fiumara 7 ($13 per glass or $49 per bottle).
The addition of Nomad cements lower Surry Hills as a burgeoning answer to NYC’s Meat Packing District – expansive spaces, still raw and gritty with a sense of thrill and discovery – perfect for a wayward wine-lover.
Wander no more, you’re home.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday, open for lunch, Monday-Saturday, open for dinner
For more information and to book, visit: the NOMAD website
Address16 Foster Street
State, PostcodeNSW, 2010
Posted By:Urban Society Team
Posted On:23 Oct 2013
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