A look inside one of the most exciting new restaurant openings of the year
Located on Telok Ayer Street, this new-kid-on-the-block The Nomads might resemble a low-key restaurant with all its deceptively simple looking exterior. But rest assured, the food here is nothing but the best.
The Nomads is fun as soon as you step inside – you’ll be welcomed by a vibrant bar named Bee’s Island Drinkery; which transitions from a hole-in-the-wall juice bar by day into a boozy cocktail cavern at night. This pop-up bar serves wholesome freshly pressed grab-and-go juices and Asian-inspired wraps from 11:30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
For those seeking nocturnal pleasure can enjoy the night with a round of bold and tasty cocktails such as Rosa Rosa ($18), Beach Please ($18) and Tropic Thunder ($70 – shares 4 pax), just to name a few.
Inside The Nomads, there are two dining sections. Firstly, the Private Dining Room — hidden behind a feature wall and only accessible through a secret entrance is the answer to those looking for a more intimate, communal and personalised dining experience.
The room is bookable for a group of ten people or under and has a minimum spend requirement of $2,500 per session. The Nomads offer a fully customisable communal menu experience and includes the restaurant’s signature dishes.
The other section sits 20 people and features the main dining hall with a view; allowing guests access to the heart of the restaurant. Diners can see all the ingredients chef uses, how the food is prepared and will know the passion that goes into it — it’s all hard work!
Only two-months old, The Nomads is a new contemporary Central Asian dining concept established by Shawn Kishore of Five Ten Holdings, which currently manage the Taiwanese-inspired eatery brand The Salted Plum and former pop-up concept Pasta Supremo. He has joined forces with his co founder Olzhas Zhiyenkulov a Kazakhstan native to shake up the eclectic restaurant scene.
Working together with the duo is Executive Chef Dannel Krishnan who used to work at fine dining restaurants like Saint Pierre and Bacchanalia. He’s also the key person responsible for creating the menu for the group’s restaurants — so if you like the food at The Salted Plum, you are likely to fall in love with The Nomads‘ food as well. The cuisine and creativity may be different, but there’s one thing that’s always the same and very clear — the food is incredible!
At The Nomads, the menu will evolve with the seasons. Select those dishes you wish to have from the a la carte menu and make your own adventure. You can also follow the lead from The Nomads’ compass, or decide using my recommendations below.
Standout dishes include staples like Beshbarmak ($34), Nomads Nan ($18), Hunter’s Plov ($36/$54); while small bites and small bowls include Scallops ($16), Squid Laghman ($20) and Sturgeon ($22).
Regardless of the menu options, each journey is thoughtfully designed and a culinary expression of what The Nomads wish to offer to its guests.
“Aside from paying homage to traditional dishes and ingredients found along the Silk Road, the menu also represent our sojourn in Kazakhstan, where we were fortunate enough to have tasted some incredible food and experience wonderful hospitality. It is also our wish that our guests enjoy the same.” says Chef Dannel, who also spent time cooking there.
If you are ready to be a part of The Nomads experience, indulge in the multi-course tasting menu. Comes in three choices (by reservations only) — A Trail Ablaze (11-course $98), The Odyssey of Fire (17-course $148) and Nirvana (22-course $188).
While all choices are so tempting, go for The Odyssey of Fire if you want to get a full experience of what The Nomads can do. To make sure you don’t miss out, I will be listing down all the dishes in the 17-course tasting menu and with beverage pairing add-on option ($58/$88).
Horseradish Mash & Filo Tart
CAVIAR & KAYA
Two caviars, homemade Kaya & Argentine Red Shrimp
LAMB SAMSA CONES
Tartare in Coffee Feuille de Brick
Tahini Glaze, Sumeli & Sesame Seeds
CARROTS IN SOIL
Charred heirloom carrots, caraway olive oil emulsion, coffee crumble
Grilled pears, seasonal greens, crystallised walnuts, cherry vinaigrette, anchovy sauce
Koji cured scallops, spiced burnt corn on lentil cracker
Charcoal kissed squid noodles, smoked szechuan & paprika sauce, capsicum, pine nuts
Soy butter emulsion, crunchy grains, dill
72 deg wagyu cheek, tea spiced broth, pickled shallots, soubise, picked garlic, potato sheets
48 hour braised beef tongue, burnt whole grain mustard cream, spiced beef jus, almonds
Pomegranate & watermelon sorbet
FOIE IN ASH
Foie, Cherry gastrique & charred breadcrumbs
Carnaroli risotto, A4 wagyu striploin, bone marrow, pickled heirloom carrots, tea quail eggs, brandied raisins
Smoke apple puree, celery sorbet, bay leaf tart, gorgonzola, cinnamon yogurt
Honey cake, sour cream ganache, blood orange, rose crystals, yogurt sorbet
Beyond being beautifully prepared, the dishes on the tasting menu come in portions that don’t require you to order additional items to feel satisfied. Everything on the menu hit the mark, there wasn’t any letdowns.
The Nomads experience was perfect, except that families with young children may have to leave your little tots at home. Not so much about the nosh, but the seating next to the open kitchen is likely to be frowned upon by most parents.
If you really need to take your kids out for a family meal, make sure the child is restaurant-ready first to avoid unnecessary inconvenience. It would be a great idea to keep the kids busy at home (with someone), while you sneak out for a date night.
Trust me, The Nomads is worth it!
Location: 70 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 048458
Tel: +65 6977 7057
The Nomads Opening Hours: Daily 11:30am to 2:30pm / 6pm to 9:30pm, Closed on Sundays
Bee Opening Hours: 11:30am to 4pm / 6pm to 11pm (Mon to Tue), 6pm to 12am (Wed to Sat), Closed on Sundays