Another unmissable restaurant when you’re in Sydney is Nomad,
nestled in the uber hip suburb of Surry Hills.

Brought to us by Rebecca Littlemore and her partner Al Yazbek
(former Toko owners – another one of my favs.)
Nomad is a gorgeous restaurant and cellar,
celebrating the best of local & regional produce and wines.


A large, warehouse space with stripped back brick walls and polished concrete,
Scandinavian-inspired, smooth blond wood furniture,
fire logs packed walls, and rows and rows of decorative pickles-
this light-filled space is the perfect venue to enjoy great food with even great company.

IMG_9095I’m instantly drawn to the large inked skull by the talented C. J. Hendry


The seasonal menu is a well-curated spread of interesting, contemporary dishes with Middle-Eastern accents.
Designed for sharing, their housemade breads, cheeses and charcuterie is a must-try!


Rich, creamy foie gras & chicken liver parfait w. radish, Iranian plum & sourdough


Freshly shucked oysters w. cucumber & Arak


Spicy Moreton Bay bugs w. chilli, smoked pork jowl, espelette pepper


Tender lamb rump w. Moroccan eggplant salad, and sheeps yoghurt


BBQ carrots w. fetta, dukkah and labneh

Such artistic plating with the flavours to match!

And the desserts:



A great write up here in A Magazine if you’re keen to find out more!

16 Foster Street, Surry Hills, Sydney 2010

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Public Dining Room


Public Dining Room is one of my favourite restaurant in Sydney;
many of my friends have tied the knot in this elegant, airy space overlooking Balmoral Beach!
A delicious, contemporary menu, the food is consistent and beautifully executed.
Public Dining Room is the perfect dining destination
for casual, unpretentious fine dining!


Paying homage to the history of the space, the name of the restaurant
harks back to the public baths since the late 1800s!

I love their Scandinavian-inspired decor,
a bright interior of warm woods and Eames dining chairs.


The friendly team at Public Dining Room is highly professional & knowledgeable about food –
if unsure, get them to recommend wine pairings or the difference between the many oysters!


Seared scallops, crisp jamon, serrano, pea puree, goats curd, black pepper caramel


Sweet “Rusty wire” oyster


Fried zucchini flowers, ricotta, parmesan, irish blue, celeriac & savoy cabbage salad, lemon pangrattato
- so light and flavoursome!


Pork belly, shaved fennel, caramelised pear, woodland sorrel, walnuts


Bouillabaisse – white fish, prawns, scallops, salmon, spring bay mussels, rouille, sourdough crisps


Fresh house made tagliatelle, alaskan king crab, tomato concasse, baby zucchini, chilli
I’d also recommend their ‘melting’ huon valley Tasmanian salmon (sous vide)
– it does melt in your mouth!


Thank goodness for such a divine space!

Public Dining Room
2a The Esplanade, Balmoral Beach, Sydney 2088

Public Dining Room on Urbanspoon

Gauge Brisbane


Gauge, the second space by Jerome Batten of Sourced Grocers,
this gorgeous new venture on Fish Lane is just one of those perfect establishments
that you can’t believe you’ve stumbled upon.


Beautiful fit out encased with glass panels – the space is decked with smooth timber panels,
custom-made leather chairs, duck-egg blue palette, an open kitchen and coffee pumpin’ bench-
a minimal and suave delivery.

Driven by sustainable eating, Gauge continues to purvey artfully curated dishes made from
the freshest seasonal produce, whilst supporting local famers and makers.


A more refined menu compared to Sourced Grocers – but equally delicious!


House spaghetti, parsley & whey sauce, black garlic, cured egg yolk & crisp cabbage

IMG_9679Local prawn, macadamia cream & sorrel house ciabatta


77 Grey Street, South Brisbane, 4101 QLD