Inside House of Nomad – Taj Lands End, Bandra Bandstand | New Opening
Located a staircase above the generously lofty lobby of Taj Lands End, newly-opened House of Nomad is going to be one of our favourite cocktail bars for the rest of its existence. To begin with, the cocktails are by award-winning mixologist Andrew Pearson, who’s pretty much the Virat Kohli of the English cocktail scene.
The décor is casual with a touch of elegant warmth – an island bar, gentle light, and a wine cellar housing over 300 bottles from all over the world that’s built into the wall. It’s the sort of place you want to enter wearing a dress or your smartest pants and nothing less.
We began our time here with one of the best ways to start and evening – with an off-menu cocktail suggested by our engaging bartender. Called The Chanel No. 6, we’ll leave it to you to find out what goes into it. What stays with you though, is a memorable drink and the welcome feeling of getting something few others have access to.
Food at House of Nomad consists largely of tapas and bar bites, with dessert thrown in for good measure. We ordered Homemade Vegetable Chips, kicking marinara, chive sour cream and Stuffed Zucchini Cheese Fries dusted with parmesan. The vegetable chips are thinly cut and flavourful, with the tangy marinara and sour cream contrasting gently. Stuffed Zucchini Cheese Fries were a playful twist on the indulgently covered fries served in the light, fresh vegetable.
Our next two cocktails were The Bollywood Hopeful and the Islay Smoked Sour. The former comes with a vodka base and seasonal summer fruits in the form of apricot liqueur, pureed mango and fresh lemon. Served with a shot of Prosecco, this one’s a refreshing treat in the weather. The manly Islay Smoked Sour is made on a base of popular Black Label, more discerning Caol Ila, ginger, honey, and fresh lemon. Served over real block ice in a rock-cut glass, this is a drink you’d want after getting off a cruise motorcycle in a leather jacket. It’s only delicate element is a smokey Islay sea salt foam, with which the drink is finished.
The Truffle, Arugula, shaved Parmesan flatbread offers a curios medley of subtle, balanced flavours, all atop a fluffy, nearly Napoli-style bread base. You must get the Total Lamb Pie, which encases a slightly spiced version of the well-rendered English classic with humble tomato chutney.
We ended our drinks quote with a Black Rum Bevy – the cocktail sported a homemade draught stout reduction shaken with Old Monk, fresh lemon juice, sugar and homemade liquorice bitters. Served in a dimpled beer mug with freshly-grated nutmeg, the dark drink reflects its mature, sophisticated flavour.
An untrained eye would think of them as doughnuts, but the pleasantly sweet Mini Doughnuts Filled with Vanilla Custard, Chocolate Dipping Sauce are actually Zeppole, a traditional Italian deep-fried pastry that resemble doughnuts. The fruity Sangria Trifle is layered with fruit and laced with wine with fruit. We’re going to pretend it’s healthy and light instead of a dreamy, loaded, drunkenly indulgent dessert, because fruits are a nutritional loophole.
House of Nomad is just what the city needed – an elegant space with a focus on well-crafted cocktails and accompanying light bites. The quality of liquor, technique, and the recipes used make the Rs 800-1000 cocktails seem perfectly worth the money.
All images by Vinayak Grover.
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