NOMAD is home for good this October

NOMAD – Surry Hills’ much-loved restaurant and cellar door – will reopen in their original Foster Street home on Tuesday, 20 October.

A fire broke out at NOMAD last September, causing severe damage throughout the venue. Owners Al and Rebecca Yazbek have since undergone extensive renovations to the venue. The new-look NOMAD features a larger kitchen, twice as much seating around the open kitchen, and the new addition of a stand-alone deli.

Jacqui Challinor, Rebecca Yazbek + Al Yazbek

Executive Chef Jacqui Challinor will create a menu that centres around the signature wood-fired oven. Jacqui says, “I’m so happy to have the fire back so it’s no surprise it’s the primary focus of the new menu. There’s a lot of new dishes we’re working on, but the staples have remained, some with a few little updates and tweaks. The heart and soul of NOMAD’s food will stay the same”.

Signature menu items to return include a more extensive house-cured charcuterie selection; smoked ocean trout basturma; haloumi; date-glazed wagyu tongue; and olive oil ice-cream sandwich with sesame, pistachio and honeycomb.

Kingfish Ceviche

Image Credit: Petrina Tinslay

The launch of The NOMAD Deli will feature a range of take-home products, changing weekly. Choose from a selection of house-cured meats, dips, marinated preserves, as well as chocolate fudge brownies and cookie dough that you can make at home. The wine list will be available to take home and delivery, still with a focus on small producers from Australia and beyond. “We’ve extended our cellar capacity and with more back vintages becoming available, we’re taking the opportunity to offer our diners a more extensive list.”

The restaurant’s vibe and feel will remain much the same as before, however Rebecca has worked on the design to make NOMAD feel a little more grown up. The kitchen’s custom-made wood-fired oven returns and the charcoal grill has doubled in size – so more opportunities for the kitchen team to cook over fire. The kitchen counter seating now wraps around the entire space and has been extended to 30 seats. The original chairs and tables have all been restored, with extra banquette seating in a deep, plush, green leather.

Zucchini Flowers, Pecorino, Truffle Honey

Rebecca says, “Our core team have all been with us for a minimum of five years so we’re all ready to take the step up in terms of refinement, as well as quality and delivery to our clientele.

Seating capacity for NOMAD is 200, with 110 during current COVID-10 restrictions.

NOMAD will open for dinner seven nights a week, and lunch, Friday to Sunday.

Reservations are available via or on 02 9280 3395.


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