I have devoured a lot delicious dishes in my journey as Ramen Raff. But every now and then, I would come across a cafe or restaurant that would leave a stamp of awesomeness in my food obsessed heart. The renowned Nomad in Surry Hills is one of them.
Since opening in 2013, Nomad has received various awards and raving reviews. This amazing Mediterranean influenced restaurant is situated on Foster Street between Hunt and Campbell streets. Their space has a mix of Scandanavian and industrial interior design with large glass windows perfect for catching natural lighting during daytime. It has spacious dining areas with available seatings by the window or at the bar for walk-ins. One of the things that I love about them is that they do their own house-cured and smoked meats. House-made pickles and cheese are also available. A few weeks ago, Chocolatesuze and I went to check Nomad out. Here's the low-down on our visit:
We started with the Nomad Charcuterie with Pickles ($27). I loved all the house-cured/smoked meats but the pork & fennel, chorizo and mortadella were standout for me. I also enjoyed the pickled baby carrots as they really complimented the cured meats well.
Suze and I both agreed that the Goats Cheese Churros with truffle honey ($18) was the star of the night. The savoury goats cheese churros were super fluffy inside with a nice crisped surface. To have a truffle honey yoghurt dip with it was just pure brilliance. The balanced combination of sweet, creamy, sour and earthy flavours worked a treat. There's a reason why this dish stayed on the menu since its debut on day one. We enjoyed it so much that we had it for dessert too!
Just to balance things out, we ordered vegetables in form of their BBQ Cauliflower with Almond Tarator and Manchego ($16). The sweet, nutty and buttery almond tarator along with the sharpness of the grated manchego brought the best out of the smoky bbq cauliflower.
For our protein intake, we ordered the BBQ Wagyu Skirt with Charred Mushroom and Pedro Ximenez sauce ($40). The tender wagyu skirt was rare and cooked perfectly. The sweet charred mushroom was the perfect accompaniment to the wagyu skirt. The molasses-like flavour of the Pedro Ximenez was nice for cutting through the richness of the fatty wagyu meat. This was another flawless dish.I'm bias to pork especially if it's a perfectly executed dish like their Wood Roasted Suckling Pig with stuffing, broccolini, chilli burnt butter ($39). The pork meat itself was tender, flavoursome and slightly on the smoky side. The broccolini was nicely cooked and the stuffing was like meatloaf only softer. The highlight for me is the two types of crackling: the air puffed crackling with chilli seasoning and the thin-crisped crackling. The glorious thin-crisped crackling reminded me of a Filipino-style lechon crackling.
This has been one of my best dining experiences. If you haven't been to Nomad, get there quick!
16 Foster Street
Surry Hills NSW
Ph. 02 92803395
Wednesday to Saturday - 12pm to 2.30pm
Monday to Saturday - 6.00pm till late (open from 5.30pm Saturdays)