Nomad

Special thanks to Nomad for extending this food review invitation.

Nomad is the latest restaurant in Icon City. The eatery is adjacent to CO- and below CoHere co-working space, all of which are under the same management. Nomad specializes in life food such as poke bowls. The restaurant is called "Nomad" because the chef is constantly exploring new gastronomical experiences.
The restaurant adopts minimalist décor in its dining hall. Wooden surfaces give the eatery a rustic yet casual ambience. The food counter is where poke bowls and drinks are prepared. Meanwhile, live potted plants breathe life into the spacious restaurant.
Nomad has additional dining space at the mezzanine. This secluded section is meant for customers who need a quiet place to dine. The mezzanine floor may be used for private functions for up to 25 people.
Poke is a Hawaiian rice bowl that typically contains raw fish. Nomad allows customers to customize their poke bowls. A typical meal comprises of the protein, 1 type of grain, 5 vegetables or fruits, 2 dressings and 2 garnishes.
I opted for smoked salmon, quinoa, frisée, red cabbage, avocado, jalapeño, nori (seaweeds), ponzu sauce, wasabi aioli, togarashi (Japanese chili peppers) and flaxseeds. The price depends on the choice of protein. For instance, my bowl of smoked salmon pole bowl is priced at RM15.90.
As for all-day brunch, Truffle Omelette (RM20.00) is a crostino-like dish served on freshly baked rye bread. Besides poached egg, the bread is also topped with creamy sautéed mushrooms, frisée and red endive. Balsamic reduction and truffle oil serve as seasonings.
Kam Hiong Prawn Spaghetti (RM25.00) is a fusion of Italian pasta with Asian-style spices. Al dente pasta is dressed with an aromatic sauce that is usually associated with stir-fried Chinese dishes. The dish is served with succulent prawns.
As for beverages, Nomad covers espresso-based coffee, ice-blended drinks and fruit juices. Shown here are Caffè Latte (RM10.90) and Orange Juice (RM10.00).
Nomad insists on preparing all poke toppings and sauces from scratch in the kitchen. Compared to other poke restaurants, Nomad places greater emphasis on innovative ingredients. First-time customers can always seek the staff's advice on what ingredients complement one another.

Name: Nomad
Address: 51, Jalan Icon City, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-502-6263
Business hours: 11:00am-11:00pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/nomad.iconcity
Coordinates: 5.34324 N, 100.43347 E
Directions: From the North-South Expressway, take the Bukit Mertajam exit and head east. Turn left at the next traffic lights. Turn left into Icon City on the left. Nomad is located on the right side of the road. There are parking spaces in front and the back of the restaurant.

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