The Settled Nomad

Happy weekend everyone! Hope you’re enjoying the first hints of summer!

P and I hit up Nomad the other day. We hadn’t seen each other in a long while and needed to catch up on life and school with a good meal and post-exams drinks.

I picked Nomad, which I’d heard controversial things about. Some loved it, some thought it was pathetically lack-luster. It’s pretty close to where I live, though, so I thought I would give it a go.

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It was a beautiful day out, and the whole front of the restaurant had been opened up. It made for a spacious, fresh, and wonderfully summery atmosphere.

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We arrived at Happy Hour, so we both ordered a Femme Fatale for $6 each instead of $9. If you love lemonade, this bubbly is for you!

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There’s a drunken cherry at the bottom.

The menu is a page long, and not divided up into appetizers, entrees, etc. It’s simply food and desserts. The menu items aren’t particularly radical, though, so you won’t have a problem figuring which food falls into which category. We ordered the Pork Belly and the Hanging Beef Tender.

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My pork belly soon arrived. Included were mashed potato puree, broccolini, carrots, beets, and some sort of crackly thing (pork rinds?). The pork belly itself was tasty, as were the mashed potatoes. The veggies were on the blander side–not bad, though. They were cooked perfectly, they just didn’t have much flavour. Overall I enjoyed the dish, but for $23, it certainly wasn’t worth it. No amount of plating can justify the price when the size of the dish and the quality and flavour don’t hold up.

It was pretty, though.

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P’s beef tender dish arrived at the same time. Potato chips were crispy, veggies I think were pretty much the same. I took a bit of her beef tender, but wasn’t particularly impressed. At $25, you could definitely get more bang for your buck by making it yourself at home. It really did feel like a regular, home-cooked, regular-grade meat. The only difference here is the plating, and the chips.

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Let me be clear: I had a good time at Nomad. The atmosphere really did it for P & I. But let’s get down to the nitty gritty–the tl;dr part.

Affordable: Not worth it. Main dishes are around $23, unless you go for a vegetarian option

Sharing: Not recommended

Good for groups: of 2-4 people

Quality of Food: Decent for what you pay; the restaurant is focused on seasonal menu items, which is nice, but the foods themselves aren’t very flavourful.

Will I like the Kind of Food They Serve: It’s Pacific Northwest style food, for the most part. If you’re into that sort of thing, then yes, probably.

Atmosphere: absolutely fantastic!

Recommendable: Unless you only care about the lighting and the layout of a restaurant and aren’t fussy about price, I can’t say I’d recommend it.

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