The Minds Behind Famed Sydney Restaurant Nomad Are Opening a Flinders Lane Outpost Next Month
Surry Hills' Mediterranean favourite will make its first Melbourne home in the former Ezard space from November 15.
It was a sad day for Melbourne's dining scene when Teage Ezard's CBD institution Ezard announced its closure last June, after an impressive 20 years of operation. They're some pretty big shoes to fill. But if anyone's going to do it, it might just be Sydney's much-loved Mediterranean restaurant Nomad. Yep — the team's just revealed its first Melbourne outpost will open in the iconic Flinders Lane space from mid-November.
Owners Rebecca and Al Yazbek have been busy transforming the Adelphi Hotel's lower ground floor into Nomad's new 100-seat southern iteration, replicating the ethos of the original, while championing a whole new menu filled with local produce.
Celebrated executive chef Jacqui Challinor has been working closely with Nomad Melbourne's new head chef Brendan Katich (Gingerboy, Ezard) to develop the eatery's signature offering, centred around house-made cheese and charcuterie, and the kitchen's prized wood-fired oven.
Fans will find just a handful of menu mainstays, backed by a lineup of brand new dishes, with plenty of locally-sourced meat and veggies cooked over flames among the mix.
A sprawling wine list will focus on homegrown drops, with Victorian wineries and smaller producers given lots of love. And an extensive all-Aussie pouring list will rotate regularly, offering the chance to sample new wines with every visit, including premium creations served via Coravin.
The space itself has been imagined with the help of Melbourne-based architect Clare Cousins, its elegant interiors tucked away behind a hidden entrance. Concrete columns and beams that were unearthed during construction have been used to help section the restaurant into various moody dining areas.
The newcomer won't be Nomad Group's sole Melbourne operation for long, with further plans to open another restaurant and bar in The Cathedral Room of the Queen and Collins precinct next year.
Find Nomad Melbourne at 187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, from November 15. It's open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday, and daily for dinner.
Published on October 26, 2021 by Libby Curran