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Café Nomad

1 December 10 words: Alison Emm
Stepping inside from the cold we were greeted by a warm, softly lit room with an open kitchen releasing tantalising smells into the air
Café Nomad in Carrington
Café Nomad in Carrington

Café Nomad is situated on the Carrington end of Hucknall Road and offers a range of culinary fayre to Nottingham’s vegan and vegetarian residents. Stepping inside from the cold we were greeted by a warm, softly lit room with an open kitchen releasing some tantalising smells into the air.

The Mediterranean and African paraphernalia adorning the walls, along with the welcoming smile from the proprietor, immediately set us at ease in this intimate eatery. They serve from Wednesdays to Saturdays from 5-10pm and although the menu isn’t particularly extensive, there was enough on offer for us to spend ten minutes making our minds up.

We chose mushroom pâté with rosemary crackers (£3) and soup of the day (£3). The large serving of soup was piping hot so we got stuck into the pâté whilst waiting for it to cool. This was no hardship though as it was creamy and went perfectly with the crunchy crackers and well dressed side salad. The short wait for the soup was worthwhile as it turned out to be smooth, thick and hearty – the perfect antidote to the autumnal night.

Judging by their menu, being a vegan is more interesting than just plain vegetables and rice. My guest got dibs on one of the specials, squash and spinach terrine with a couscous salad (£12) whilst I went for the Moroccan tagine with flat bread (£12.50). Tucking in, it became apparent where the alluring aromas on arrival had emanated from.

The tagine had a wonderful balance between sweet and savoury with the light handed addition of apricots as well as being full of texture thanks to the cashew nuts and firm chunks of potato. My companion’s dish looked unassuming but went down quickly due to the layered flavours that ran throughout. The cold side salad was the ideal accompaniment and my ‘just a taste’ turned into about four before he started glaring at me for enjoying it too much.

Almost too full for dessert, we went halves on the chocolate pancake (£3). A creamy, rich layered cake with hidden pear slices adding a welcome freshness. Now I’m not vegetarian or vegan and see lambs as cute and tasty. However, at the end of this veritable feast, I didn’t feel I’d missed out. Except on maybe a glass of wine – Café Nomad is unlicensed but, if you’re inclined, bringing your own is encouraged.

This was an affordable meal that lacked nothing in the cuisine or service department. Cast aside any prejudices and treat yourself to a diverse and delicious dining experience that lacks pretention.
 
118 Hucknall Road, Carrington, NG5 1AD Tel: 0115 9692239
Cafe Nomad website

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