Opening on Flinders Lane in Melbourne's CBD next June
Sydney’s Mediterranean-inspired restaurant NOMAD will expand and travel down south, opening on Flinders Lane in Melbourne's CBD next June 2020. The restaurant will take up residence at 189 Flinders Lane, surrounded by well-known restaurants, Supernormal, EZARD and Kisumé.
Jacqui Challinor, Rebecca Yazbek and Al Yazbek
(image credit: Petrina Tinslay)
NOMAD co-owners Al and Rebecca Yazbek have engaged Melbourne-based architect Clare Cousins to work alongside them and transform the narrow retail space into an elegant and moody 150-seat bar and restaurant. With refined but raw details and a concealed entry, the eponymous NOMAD Melbourne will forge its own look, feel and menu while maintaining its signature philosophy rooted in exceptional local and small-producer wine, produce and design.
Since opening over six years ago, NOMAD Sydney has been part of the driving force of Surry Hills’ dining scene. With the recent electrical fire closing its Foster Street home earlier this year, NOMAD moved Up The Road, setting up a temporary home at 85 Commonwealth Street, which will now extend into mid-2020. Over the next six months, Rebecca and Al will commute between the states to develop the new venue in Melbourne while rebuilding Sydney’s Foster Street venue.
“2019 has been a big year, to say the least,” says Rebecca. “We’ve been on the lookout for a space in Melbourne for over two years now and have always had our hearts set on opening something around Flinders Lane. We could never have anticipated the fire in Sydney and our big move Up The Road but we are finally back on track to bring NOMAD to Melbourne, breathe new life into Sydney and enter an exciting new phase for us and the entire NOMAD family.”
NOMAD's wood fire and flatbread (image credit: Petrina Tinslay)
Jacqui Challinor, currently head chef of Sydney, will move into the position of executive chef across the two restaurants over the coming months. Whilst Jacqui will incorporate NOMAD’s locally sourced produce, house-made bread, charcuterie and cheese and its signature wood-fired oven into the new Melbourne menu, the new venue will be made up of predominantly new dishes that will allow NOMAD Melbourne to build its own identity. Melbourne’s wine list will follow in the footsteps of its Sydney counterpart and serve an extensive range from the best small growers and producers, distinguishing itself with an increased focus on international wines.
“Having always lived in Sydney, I'm really looking forward to getting down to Melbourne and meeting and working with new suppliers and sourcing new products,” says Challinor. “Having strong relationships with local suppliers has always been a core part of what we do at NOMAD so my aim is to get down there and engage with all the Victorian producers to help inspire the Melbourne menu.”
Jacqui will move her sous-chef, Sam McCallum into the role of head chef in Sydney while in Melbourne she will be drawing on the incredible pool of talented local chefs to form the NOMAD Melbourne kitchen team. NOMAD Melbourne is set to open in June 2020.
Melbourne: 189 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Sydney: 16 Foster St, Surry Hills NSW 2010 (currently Up The Road at 85 Commonwealth Street)
Main image: Nikki To