After a morning of discovery in Haberfield with Maeve O’Meara you wouldn’t think we would be hungry. Trust me, its hard work exploring your own town. Sydney has so many delicious places to eat, that a quick lunch before continuing our adventure was needed.
Nomad opened late last year and is a pretty cool addition to a busy Sydney food scene. It’s a cellar door in the city with great food co-owned and operated by Rebecca Littlemore and Al Yazbek. Head chef Nathan Sasi is passionate about local produce and presents this to customers in a way that lets it shine.
There is a range of in-house cheese, pickles and charcuterie. Nomad also use of cooking techniques such as smoking and a wood fire oven.
When you walk in you are greeted with a rather cavernous space. Natural wood, exposed ceiling, metal and lighting, give it an urban warehouse feel. The large wine casks near the entry plus boxes of produce also aid this feel.
As we had been tasting our way through Haberfield, we had a light shared lunch.
smoked pork empanada + harissa hot sauce $14
The pasty of the empanada was thin and crisp and the pork filling moist and tasty. The hot harissa sauce is served on the side, and gives the empanadas a nice lifting kick.
nomad jersey milk haloumi + bbq zucchini, pine nuts & raisins $24
My favourite dish on this visit. The haloumi is made in-house, not as squeaky as some and a little more melting on the pallet. Plus I love the addition of raisins and pine nuts.
cabbage + fennel, nomad ricotta & sumac $18
The ricotta is again made in-house and whipped until light and smooth. The cabbage and fennel is lovely and tangy. I don’t believe that this dish is still on the menu, but it gives you an idea of what they offer.
bbq split prawns + chermola & lemon $23
The prawns had a light curry taste to them. You have to dive in with your fingers for these babies, and you end up with rather tasty fingers indeed. Again this dish doesn’t seem to be on the current menu, but you will find other seafood dishes.
Nomad also offer a Feed Me menu, $65 for 11 dishes. Which seems exceptionally great value. I definitely want to head back for this, and also sample some of the great wines on offer.
Nomad, 16 Foster St, Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia
Tel: + 61 2 9280 3395
Belly Rumbles ate at Nomad with thanks to Destination NSW and Nomad