Another weekend has come and gone, but thankfully this one has welcomed us into SPRING! I am so excited for the weather to start heating up, for the fruits of summer to grow and the smell of sunscreen and salt water to fill my weekends. I have a really busy few weeks ahead so I want to apologise in advance if I go MIA for a while. I can’t complain though as I have some really exciting things planned, including a trip to Brisbane for my first ever Eat Drink Food Bloggers Conference, which I am extremely excited about. I even got my own business cards designed up (I will show you them on instagram). I am now tres cool and ready to mingle with fellow Aussie foodies.
Now to the food…Nomad is probably one of my favourite new places for 2014. Not only is the space perfect; think big glass windows, open plan, low height bars, open kitchen, high ceilings and exposed brick, but the food is pretty damn good as well. Heading there on a Saturday night, we had no reservation, but only about a 30 minute wait for a table of three. Mind you, this was not your normal Saturday night, it was absolutely pouring down outside, and we did walk in at about 8.45pm. Expect longer waits when the conditions are different.
The menu is split into sections of snacks, small plates, from the garden, and from the grill & woodfired oven. The portions are really generous as well, so don’t go too overboard like us (there was three of us dining)…as you will be physically unable to fit in dessert.
Mojitos for one.
..and wine for the other two.
So this is not the first time I’ve visited Nomad this year. I had one prior occurrence and can honestly say that the Goats Cheese Churros with Truffle Honey may have been the reason for my quick return. I love this savoury version of the dish, and the mixture of sweet honey with the goats cheese is pure heaven.
Next up are the salads/vegetables. They all sounded so good on the menu, and we were trying to be slightly healthy so we ended up ordering three dishes. This one is the Tabbouleh of Toasted Grains with Sour Cherries and Nomad Ricotta. It has these pieces of puffed rice that add this great element of crunch, but I think it needed a tiny bit more sweetness/tartness from the cherries to give it more life.
The Blood Orange & Fennel Salad with Dates & Harissa was a fresh choice and I particularly liked the spiciness to it, and of course the crunchiness. I wouldn’t say that it was the best accompaniment to the meat we had ordered (would recommend a fish instead), but it was still delightful to eat on its own.
The favourite of the night had to go to the Wood Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Smoked Pork Hock and Mint. The pork meat gave a flavour of smokiness to the whole dish, with the brussel sprouts braised soft, but crispy on top. Perfect for a cold and blizzardy night.
The only way to match the brussel sprouts above with the meat below, is with a fantastic glass of red. The Nomad wine list only consists of Australian made wines, with something to match every dish and taste.
Our choice of main to share was the BBQ Lamb Rump with Moroccan Eggplant Salad and Sheeps Yoghurt. Cooked perfectly at medium rare, the meat was ever so tender, had the right proportion of fat on the edges, and came with four large slices that were more then enough for each of us to share.
16 Foster Street, Surry Hills
Ph: 02 9280 3395
I leave you with one last picture of the lamb to salivate over. If I can guarantee one thing in life….head to Nomad and order either the churros, the brussel sprouts or the lamb…you will be in food heaven, guaranteed!
Happy week of feasting xxx