Nomad is a contemporary restaurant serving Middle Eastern dishes. They're well known for earning a Chef Hat (or non-Australia equivalent, a Michelin star).
To start, we ordered the burrata, fennel jam, bronze fennel. This dish was very soft and creamy. We loved the sight of breaking the burrata with our spoons. The mozzarella outer layer was so delicate and stringy. We ordered the flatbread to eat with this.
This flatbread, za'atar, toum was slightly salty with a lot of intense flavours from the herbs and spices. It was balanced out by the burrata. We wished the serving was bigger for $14.
This beautiful dish was the kingfish ceviche, avocado, finger lime, coriander crackers. The kingfish had a pleasant, mild aroma. The lime used in the ceviche process added a light, citric flavour, bringing out a firmer texture in the fish. It was very enjoyable with the avocado and crackers.
This was the southern calamari, fried potato, with chimichurri. Thanks Annie for the action shots. This dish was a combination of savoury and sour with the mix of minced garlic, oregano, vinegar and the lemon. Loved the crunch in the potato.
We ordered all of the "big" dishes, starting with this ricotta dumplings, shiitake, cavalo nero, olive oil. These dumplings were mild and creamy. The cavalo nero were an interesting texture, adding some bitterness to the ricotta.
This was Skull Island tiger prawns, saffron butter, curry leaf. The prawns were huge but for the price of this dish, we were expecting more servings 😂. This was still a great dish, with intense flavours and juicy, thick meat.
This was murray cod, macadamia, vine leaf salsa verde. Compared to the other Middle Eastern dishes, this was very mild in the acidic profile. The fish was well cooked and helped dampened the lemon zing. The vine leaf was so delicate and crinkly, it looked too pretty to eat.
This was spatchcock, chermoula, baby cos, labneh. The spatchock was well-seasoned and savoury. Don't eat the baby cos because your mouth will feel like fire. Labneh was mildly sweet.
Finally, this was the lamb shoulder, toum, chilli, lemon. It was cooked well and very flavourful. The meat was tender and fell off the bone. Nothing else to comment on this massive piece.
The restaurant is set in a converted warehouse so the lighting was really good. The ambiance of Nomad was very classy and upbeat. Price range was $$$. We probably would not go back because we don't often crave Middle Eastern food, and if we did, we would go to El Jannahs LOL.
The waiter kept asking us "are you sure you want to order all of the big dishes?" "They're very big and not many people can finish the serving". We sure surprised him because luckily for us, Annie and Jo were part of the team. Thank you for dining with us you two because it meant we could order everything in one sitting 😆