We are pretty chuffed to be featured in The Urban List - The Best Spots to Dine Alone in Sydney.
"Calling all wine connoisseurs, Nomad is your soul mate. This Surry Hills dining scene brings the best of Australian wine, produce and design in a laid back yet charming atmosphere. Pop yourself down at the bar and fill up on a few small plates like the kingfish ceviche with avo and lime, and the duck and pork rillettes on brioche, or tackle something larger like the BBQ spatchcock. Nomad is the perfect reward for a solo diner’s hard-earned promotion, tough session at the gym, or for just making it to Friday in one piece (sometimes it’s the little things)."
You can see who else made the cut here.
With seating around our central open kitchen where you can see the chefs at work creating your feast before your eyes.
Or chat to our bartenders whilst they create a cocktail (or two!) at the bar. These guys are best placed to run you through our all Australian wine list, with most of our wines available by the glass, we're sure you'll find some juice to suit your taste.
Or watch the passers by on this quintessential Surry Hills street and the sunsetting at our window counter.
The best part is when you make a reservation you can choose where in the restaurant you would like to sit! To visit us and choose your preferred seating, click here
Long before Nomad opened, we bought our 2 big beautiful Botti. Searching out these big guys we were after barrels with a history, a story behind how they came to live at 16 Foster Street Surry Hills.
At our entrance we have two 10,000 litre wine called 'botti' (which is the plural of 'botte' singular).
Botti can be found in wineries all over the world, but they're most often associated with traditional, somewhat old-fashioned Italian wine making, particularly in Piemonte. That said, you'll also see them frequently in Alsace and the Southern Rhone. Historically, almost all botti were made in Slovenia.
New botti are breathtakingly expensive and will be used for decades at least, if not a century. Our botti are over 100 years old - we're not sure exactly how old, but they're certainly geriatric. They were in fact made in Australia from German oak. We bought them from Paul Osicka Wines in Heathcote, who it turn bought them from Seppelts back in 1975.
If you do get the chance, this is such a beautiful part of Australia! Add Beechworth, King Valley and Rutherglen to your "Northern Victoria wine region must go to list" and Myrtleford because it is so so beautiful.
During the build process of opening Nomad, we would constantly debate what to do with the wall at the front of the restaurant. Opening date was fast approaching and we were still searching for the right artwork/design/feature/anything that worked in the space.
It got to the point where we were prepared to open with a blank white wall and would wait to find the right piece. Lamenting as I would to David Park from Maud who was in charge of our NOM A D branding, he suggested an artist he knew from Brisbane.
It was love at first sight! I'm sure not the phone call one expects when working on fashion drawing ("What do you think of coming down to Sydney to draw a 3m long pig skull for a restaurant?") CJ Hendry flew in, worked day and night to get her work to the framer in time for our opening and stayed to celebrate opening night.
Now living in New York and collaborating with Christian Louboutin, you can see more of her work at www.cjhendry.live
Their relationship has always revolved around food and wine, but how did Al and Rebecca Yazbek create NOMAD and turn it into one of Sydney's most popular restaurants?
See their thoughts on merging life and business.
Female winemakers are crafting some of the finest wines in Australia. GT Wine raises a glass to the leading women in the industry. We were proud to host the "leading ladies of wine" dinner at NOMAD with GT Wine.
We are so happy welcome Samantha Payne to the team. If it's wine related, Sam's probably done it. From head sommelier positions at some of Sydney's best restaurants to hosting 'How to drink wine with Samantha' on the Guardian online and guest vintages at various wineries in Australia and New Zealand.
Recently she sat down for a quick chat with Gourmet Traveller about their wine list of the year awards.
What are the things you love about being NOMAD's Sommelier?
I love the exploration and celebration of Australian wine at Nomad and watching different varieties and styles from all over the country evolve and come to life when paired with our chef Jacqui Challinor's awesome food.
What's your favourite NOMAD food and wine match?
At the moment it's the 2014 Lethbridge Pinot Meunier from Geelong, VIC paired with the waygu beef tartare- anyone who knows me knows I love tartare and this wine (just slightly chilled) is a perfect pairing.
What's hot in wine / beverages?
For me its wines that just taste delicious- that are clean and vibrant not dulled by funkiness or murkiness, lower alcohol styles that are big on aromatics (whether that be savoury characters or fruit driven flavours).
NOMAD is proud to be participating the the CEO cookoff for the 3rd year in a row. We have raised over $16,700 to help this great cause. A big thank you to all those who made donations, our staff and especially our head chef Jacqui Challinor for her tireless efforts.
"We'll be undertaking the CEO CookOff Company Challenges to create some culinary delights each month and would love your support in helping our organisation reach our fundraising goal.
Stay tuned for the journey!"