Nomad, one of Portland’s newest additions to fine dining, has left me speechless since I’ve heard about its existence. A multi-layered experience of food, mindfulness, and culture, executive chef Ryan Fox set the new standard.
Tucked away in Northeast Portland in a former auto garage, the establishment is composed of three experiences: the main dining area- minimalistic and lavish with the subtleties of shadow play and natural decor; the open kitchen in the center, exhibiting the chefs’ handiwork while you dine; and finally Ash bar- a sexy, rounded bar that invites you to flirt with the dim lights and cocktails. It’s every food connoisseur’s dream. The menu rotates often, always featuring local food and even produce from chef’s garden. So far, none of the dishes look short of inventive and changed my feelings about fine dining. We were able to sit down with Ryan and talk about his inspirations, history, and future in between drooling over the digs.
Starting out washing dishes in kitchens at an early age, Ryan has moved through every facet of the industry. From Michael Mina to Joel Robuchon, he strengthened his craft and exhibits his work from an educational standpoint rather than being competitive. It was clear to us that Ryan’s passion for creating beautiful dishes was as fiery as educating his peers. His compassion towards the region’s edible offerings mirrored his want to change the overall state of the service industry in Portland, and it was refreshing.
Nomad’s intention merely encourages you to enter the unknown while stripping you of control, stay open minded, and submit to the cultural adventure.
Reservations are welcomed Thursday through Sunday 5-11PM and walk-ins are encouraged at the bar. Check out their website for updates on the latest dishes, news, and Ryan Fox’s promising ventures for the future.