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New Nomad fitout with green couches and paiting on wall
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Nomad has reopened in its original Surry Hills home

After a short stint at Nomad Up the Road, the Foster Street venue is back and kicking

Divya Venkataraman

In September of 2019, a fire broke out at Nomad, causing damage to the ceiling at the Surry Hills restaurant and cellar door, and claiming hundreds of kilos of food and produce. Instead of laying low, the Nomad team decided to set up shop 'Up the Road'. Taking over the old Longrain site at 85 Commonwealth Street that previously housed Adelaide’s Restaurant Orana Sydney residency, Nomad Up the Road kept much of the furniture and the distinctive CJ Hendry artwork that were spared in the fire.

Now, Nomad is back in its original Foster Street home, with double the seats, more open-kitchen dining, and a whole new menu (though some of the favourites are sticking around – we're looking at you, kingfish and coriander crackers). Head chef Jacqui Challinor has been reunited with her wood-fired oven and charcoal grill, so smoke and fire are the orders of the day: from wood roasted eggplant with burnt butter on flatbread to the smoked chicken with green chili zhoug and house-made yoghurt, to a banana tarte tatin with wood-roasted banana and pine nut brittle ice cream. Hop on the 30-seater fireside counter to watch the magic happen. 

A deli is part of the reimagined Nomad, and it'll house a selection of cured meats, marinated preserves, as well as take-home cookie dough, all available for pick-up and delivery. Just want a table like old times? Call Nomad on 02 9280 3395 to book in, or head online. It's also extended its trading hours for summer, so you can now book in on Sundays from noon to 3pm for a long, lazy weekend lunch. Nab an outdoor table for the best vantage point of Surry Hills' street-side action.

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