Nomad | CJ Hendry

The first pig that was used to make our house made charcuterie - this is a photograph of the skull

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. 

Work in progress

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. 

Our friends and neighbours at China Heights were good enough to help out with space for CJ

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. 

Hand drawn - CJ Hendry 

Now living in New York and collaborating with Christian Louboutin, you can see more of her work at

Finished artwork at Nomad in Surry Hills

Partners in business, and life

Partners in business, and life

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.

GT Wine "Women in Wine" dinner at NOMAD

GT Wine "Women in Wine" dinner at NOMAD

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.

Introducing NOMAD's Wine Director - Samantha Payne

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).

OZ Harvest - CEO Cookoff 2017

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!"

-Jacqui Challinor