These photos and videos were from my first visit to The NoMad Lobby the day after it opened. My friends and I were visiting venues in DTLA for a birthday party and decided to dine here last-minute after reading about its opening on EaterLA just few days before.
My first visit to The NoMad in NY was several years ago with my gf JL. She had dined there and had their roast chicken and black truffle pasta and wanted to share it with me. After that first visit in NY, we made it a point to visit the establishment every time I visited New York. (It was 11 times in 2016)
During our visits, we met Jhonel and got to experience The Library Room. Our favorite was the NoMad Bar. I don’t usually drink cocktails but I got suckered into ordering one while we sat at the bar. Guillermo was are bartender and he made the best drinks. We probably had five cocktails each. My experience in NY left me desiring to go back as often as I could so when I heard about the DTLA opening I was ecstatic.
The first evening in DTLA was just as wonderful as my memories of NoMad in New York.
My favorite dishes in NY were the crudite and steak tartare. Though DTLA doesn’t have the steak tartare, their carrot tartare is just as divine.
(I’m sorry my posts are not sequential but I have them as drafts and ended up not going in order)
I’ve now been to NoMad about 10 or more times. I try to make a standing reservation on Thursdays which has been pretty consistent and easy to get through the Resy app. However, finding someone to go with was the challenging part. I ran out of friends to go with. I’m the type of person (with OCD) where if I like something I’m going to go (or eat) as often as I can. But with NoMad being NoMad, I’m not able to go every day. I almost wish I lived at the hotel or had the means to go there every day to have the crudite and the 375ml bottle of the sancerre sauv blanc. This would be the ideal diet for me.
My joke to all my friends who ask what I’m doing on Thursday is that I’m trying to get NoMad to become my Cheers, where everyone knows my name. All my friends laugh when I tell them I’m going to NoMad or post it on my social media because the shriek in shock, “AGAIN????”
Yes, again. I love it so much. The ambiance is just my stitch and most importantly the service is flawless. I haven’t had a bad experience in all the visits.
If you have a chance to go, dine in the lobby first, then the next visit go to the Mezzanine. In the lobby you must order the fried chicken, crudite and carrot tartare. In the upstairs dining area, you must order the whole roasted chicken. As for dessert, milk & honey is ace on both levels.
My cocktail choice is the Sherry Painkiller or Cocktail No. 3.
Cocktail No. 3 is literally a cock, copper cock at that. Serves 2 but I’m greedy so I drink it all. Next time I want to order the crystal dispenser and ask for a long straw.
I promise you’ll love and if you want to find me, come on a Thursday.
I’ve also had their breakfast (yummm) and now need to go for lunch!