The Nomad restaurant is located in Point Chevalier in Auckland, situated in a busy district of local shops. The parking was limited, but I am sure there would be local transport links around.
It was cold outside so of course, I started with good old English breakfast tea. It was leaf tea (tea bag contents but without the bag) I think I drunk an entire cut in like two seconds, I got two cups of tea out of the pot. I was worried about temperature drop due to the metal teapot but was perfect drinking temperature for me.
We started with garlic pizza bread; it had a kick with the chilli, it was so nice and was nice to have a pizza base with herbs incorporated. It was 11″ in size, with great stringy mozzarella cheese on it and tasted great.
We then had a meze of dishes for mains; they were as follows;
- Greek salad, very refreshing with olives, feta, cucumber, cherry toms and red onion and the dressing was olive oil vinaigrette.
- Smoky Duck Breast, with a delicious caramelised apple chunks and stick brandy sauce, it was very sweet but tasty, but the skin on the duck was not crispy, which was a shame.
- Sticky Pork Ribs; Free range pork with the right balance of spice and sweetness. Not too saucy as no one likes saucy hands. Hehe. They had just the right amount of tear of the bone. You can rip the meat off and not have it all come off and down your face.
- Roasted Eggplant, this was possible my most favourite dish but not one I would have expected to enjoy, but it was defiantly an unexpected delight. It was so creamy and delicious with a zing of the roasted capsicum and coriander salsa.
For desert, Lee had a chocolate lava cake with a white chocolate and cardamom ice cream and a sharp berry collie. Lee was in pudding heaven; he even took a video of the molten chocolate lava inside he decadent dessert. I had the mecca of all deserts, the ‘One Night in Istanbul’ it was a backgammon board filled with Baklava, Turkish delight, rose water ice cream and chopped nuts and drizzled with honey.
Value for Money
Our bill was just over $100 NZ dollars, around £50 or so. So yes it was a little on the pricey side for lunch out, but you defiantly get what you pay for.
There was an emphasis on sharing at Nomad, a lot of the dishes here are for people to dip in and out Mediterranean style dishes, a tapas style with a Turkish flare with table décor.
Nomad is an open plan dining experience, depending on where you sit you could find yourself on a busy night sitting pretty much on the table next to you.
There is a lovely fireplace tucked away in the corner right next to some DJ decks, a perfect place to pack yourself of an evening with a cocktail or two.