Tapas. It's what's for breakfast. It's also what has replaced Hammer and Tong cafe on the corner of Westgarth Street in Fitzroy.
Backed by Jesse Gerner (Bomba, Green Park Dining) and Jesse McTavish (ex-Kettle Black) with chef Greg McFarland (also ex-Kettle Black) on pans, Nomada will eventually be an all-day eatery with a license until 1am. For now, it's about building a brunch/lunch of small, medium or large dishes priced at $5, $9 or $15 each.
There are montaditos (little Spanish sandwiches), bacon blackened with morcilla, served in a potato sauce, padron scrambled eggs with fresh curd, churros, and a sweet pumpkin porridge with almond milk.
The long space has been Spanishified with terrazzo flooring, fish netting and hand-painted tiles by designer Samantha Eades.
On the bar top will likely be tortilla-to-go – the classic Spanish breakfast of a thick potato frittata. In your cup, filter or espresso coffees from their own roastery, or a bloody mary, spritz or booze-less sangria.
Nomada is open Mon-Fri 7am-4pm; Sat, Sun 8am-4pm. 412 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. More hours to come.