As the weather cools down and we greet winter with open arms, our food choices get – cozier, to put it nicely. Gone are the days of leafy salads and citrus dressings to go with the scorching hot weather. No one cares about tanning anymore, all we want to do is to don huge sweaters and a steaming bowl of something delicious to highlight the tastiness of the season: Eat, sleep, snuggle up in your sweater, repeat.
Which brings us to our next point. Packing on pounds in wintertime is inevitable, but if you’re going to do it, make it with optimum taste. That’s exactly what we took away from our Eats In discovery, Nomad Bistro, and believe us when we say that every calorie was worth it.
So – who’s tried this tiny place? And why have none of you ever told us about it before? It’s amazing! But before I get too excited, gather ye round and I’ll tell you all about the deliciousness we tucked into.
Since only four of us were around that day, our order was simple: two Nomad Burgers, one Portobello Parmigana and a Shrimp Mac ‘n’ Cheese – as well as a quintessential order of fries, please!
As we sat patiently and waited for our food, we cruised the menu further, trying to figure this place out. Like its name suggests, it seems to offer different dishes hailing from different parts of the world: from a Singaporean Kale Salad, to a Mexican Barbacoa Taco, to a Japanese inspired Brisket Donbouri bowl, to name a few. The characteristic each dish on offer seems to share, however, is that they all fall under the category of comfort food. Just what we need as we start shivering and turning up the heat in our offices, cars and homes – a bit of comfort!
The food arrives, and it’s still hot – which is a huge plus in our book. With that, we dig into our respective dishes, and the ravings thus commence.
What poetry can we write about the Nomad Burger? First of all, if you are a burgerholic who finds the thicker patty a blasphemous element, then look away. I, for one, preach the opposite – and this patty is so nicely thick, it gives the euphemism “meat-mountain” a whole new meaning! Seasoned with a natural flavoring that can only be achieved from homemade construction, this patty only heightens the experience the burger brings, escalating its potential from “good” to “ridiculously good”. Complimented beautifully with fried cheese, crisp bacon and caramelized onions, the overall taste is nostalgic and filling. And don’t even get us started on the pillow-soft potato bun soaking in the juices the contents of the sandwich, allowing you to relive the ecstasy of taste with every bite.
The Portobello Parmigiana is perfect for those who want to indulge responsibly without going overboard. Presented in the form of a singular, juicy Portobello mushroom, this dish comes encrusted in a light breading throughout the base and oozes with delicious, fresh parmesan cheese and a beautifully spiced Pomodoro sauce. Don’t be fooled by its size, as this baby is more than just an appetizer – it will indeed leave you satisfied!
And lest we forget, the unexpected Shrimp Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Many may feel apprehensive towards this dish, as its unlikely pairing seems unorthodox. But think about it – lobster mac ‘n’ cheese is a thing, so why can’t shrimp be substituted? The nice thing about this dish, besides its consistent stringiness and the tang of parmesan baked in with the breadcrumb topping, is its creaminess melded in with the satisfying bite of shrimp, lingering within the casserole when you least expect it. Shrimp isn’t an overpowering taste in this dish, it only adds to it! Trust me – this mac ‘n’ cheese will meet your standards and remind you that you CAN have a bit of fun with the classics in even the most adventurous of ways.
Nomad bistro exudes fun. From its eclectic, albeit small, menu selection, right down to the packaging of the items that make us nothing short of curious as to how the ambiance of their physical location in Sharq fares. Judging by the colorful, nomadic inspired motifs on the cartons containing their goods, we have a feeling it’s indeed as cozy as the food was!