NOMAD moves Up The Road

NOMAD, Surry Hills’ Mediterranean-inspired restaurant and cellar door, is moving up the road for a three-month residence, following the recent electrical fire at their Foster Street venue.

NOMAD Up The Road will open in the site previously occupied by Longrain and Restaurant Orana’s Sydney residency, at 85 Commonwealth Street from Friday, 1 November.


The fire broke out in the ceiling space of the restaurant on Foster Street on 11 September, causing severe damage. As such owners Al and Rebecca Yazbek (pictured above with Head Chef Jacqui Challinor) are undergoing a rebuild, with various upgrades to parts of the restaurant, due to open in early 2020.


Opening for lunch and dinner six days a week, NOMAD Up the Road will be a 140-seat restaurant with kitchen counter seating, large group tables, and a private dining area for up to 24 guests. The decor will resemble NOMAD’s distinct style, with the famous CJ Hendry artwork making its way up as well as most of the furniture. Al and Rebecca are also working closely with local galleries China Heights in Surry Hills, who represent Australian artists Otis Carey and Max Berry, and Olsen Gallery in Woollahra, who represent Julian Meagher.


Working in a new kitchen, head chef Jacqui Challinor will create a new menu focusing on smaller shared plates, while also giving the team the opportunity to sample and explore new and exciting dishes that don’t utilise the restaurant’s notable wood-fired cooking technique. NOMAD’s signature dishes such as the house-made cannellini bean hummus, kingfish ceviche and duck mortadella will feature on the NOMAD Up The Road menu.


Jacqui said: “There won’t be a wood-fired oven in the new site so the menu will be different, but the food ethos is still very much the same. I’m really excited to use this opportunity to create new dishes for our customers – dishes that may just end up on the restaurant back home when we reopen in 2020. The support of the industry has been incredible and very humbling, with so many restaurateurs, chefs, managers and suppliers all reaching out to offer any support they could. Jock (Zonfrillo) called straight away and said we should take Commonwealth Street space.”


Rebecca says, “It’s been a really hard time facing what happened with the fire but the most important thing is no one was hurt and our team are safe,” says co-owner Rebecca Yazbek. “We lost our whole office including paperwork and computers, not to mention the hundreds of kilos of meat and produce so this has been the light at the end of the tunnel for us, having an opportunity to keep going with our team.”


NOMAD Up The Road will open from Friday, 1 November at 85 Commonwealth Street in Surry Hills and will be available for lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday.


The venue’s popular bottomless rosé will also continue to run every Saturday from midday with a new menu to pair with the new space.


Reservations are available via or on 02 9280 3395.