If you blink you may miss it. You see Nomad version 1 has only 3 weeks until Chefs Alex Claridge and Brian Smith and their merry band of Nomadic roamers leave fair Kings Heath and set up a permanent home somewhere away from my homestead and barter with a new crowd and venue in the big smoke.
It’s been good having you in the Heath, and the kitchen Garden Will never be the same again.
If moving from one place to another is true of the concept Nomad then it’s sure true of the nature of the Vegetarian dishes Ruth and I enjoyed last week.
When we first visited back in April (see here http://t.co/RjhlejagxY) the food concept was still evolving and the vegetarian dishes though incredible were works in progress rather than the more formed and intricate plates that we now find. As with all concepts it takes time to develop a voice and in this case understand the customer and the nomadic skin you work in.
So in this case the Seven courses we enjoyed were more complete plates of food, larger in size and scale and more rounded than before. Yes, in fact more adventurous and certainly an advancement in textures and flavours. Now maybe that’s the Summer produce, rather than the April Early spring variety, but I’d like to believe that it’s the added confidence of a kitchen more in tune with the diner and the Nomad concept including the ingredients.
I’m not going to do a full review of the meal as your dishes may be different from ours, but suffice to say it was an outstanding meal. Indeed I think Alex is cooking the most innovative vegetarian food in Birmingham and certainly some of the best veggie food Birmingham has ever seen.
So here are my photos of our meal.
Globe artichoke, seared lettuce, egg yolk, nasturtium.
Broad bean, samphire, pea, tree mallow cheese.
Burnt cauliflower, hay infused curds, ash dumplings, sea herbs.
Caramelised white chocolate, strawberries.
If pushed then I would say my favourite courses were the Globe artichoke, the Broad Bean and the final desert the meringue pie.
The only course that didn’t deliver so well was the Rowan berry doughnut which could have done with a touch more filling, but still they were delicious as a bread substitute. A nice idea though.
The deserts in particular were a stunning improvement on our previous visit, much more pudding like and a good size portion. Excellent summery flavours.
In all the courses the size of the portions were spot on and as a tasting like menu it was excitingly put together like a long journey of the pallet.
Another nod to an improvement is with the service which is informed, crisp and friendly. A real asset to the Nomad experience.
If you are able to get a table at Nomad in August at The Kitchen Garden then please do go. There is limited availability.
For Vegetarians it’s essential dining in Birmingham and one that’s improving all the time.
In fact by time it reaches venue 2 in late September in the City Centre it may be nomadicly moving in another galaxy. It certainly makes the changing seasons and the advancement Of Autumn quite exciting.
See you on the other side.
Thanks for reading.
Disclosure: We paid for our meal and drinks in full. My opinions are my own and honest as always.
Nomad have also introduced their own wine and drinks list which is a positive development and compliments the food well.
The night owl at the Kitchen Garden. Part of the Big Hoot Birmingham trail.