Sitting on a tranquil wooden terrace overlooking a small channel of water, there’s just a short bridge separating us from The Irish Village’s garden. We’re so close we can clearly hear every lyric and string pluck from the pub’s resident guitarist, and can even pick up wafts of chit-chat from the other side of the pond – although we’re certain that very few of The IV’s drinkers even realise there’s an alternative venue just a 20-second stroll away.

Nomad is a new, classy, and slightly contrived venue, sporting a modern, pan-Asian fusion-themed menu. All this became clear within moments of arrival, when we asked for the ‘house drink’, and were served a bright (but fairly forgettable) mixed drink based on Japanese spirit and fortified grape.

Or rather, it should have been clear within moments. However, we were made to wait more than 20 minutes for the drink to arrive. Compounding the error, our beverages even arrived after the bar snacks showed up,
which were, incidentally, a fail of epic proportions. Whoever decided it was a good idea to turn edamame beans into tempura – covering the inedible skin with batter and frying them – was clearly deeply mistaken.
It’s a shame about the slow service, which we only hope will be ironed out in time, because otherwise Nomad is a delight. It’s parked out the back of the new, trendy Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, in the old Aviation Club building that used to house notorious brunch spot The Cellar, which closed in September last year.

We think it could all work out for the best, though: with Nomad, there’s far more than a bar on offer. Rather than a single venue, Nomad is an ambitious, over-arching concept.

The huge compound-like setup is (slightly confusingly) split into a 24-hour deli (Nomad Café), an elegant signature dining restaurant (just ‘Nomad’), and a poolside grill (same name, but with a separate menu) – as well as the standalone Nomad Lounge bar. The latter venue is split between the grassy, twilit terrace upon which we sat, the chic interior and a deck area. While the inside area was empty when we visited, we can see it proving popular in the summer.

With so much on offer, it would be foolish to write off this place too soon, and we’ll definitely pop back to see how things develop. But two months in, there are just too many teething problems to give Nomad a full-hearted thumbs up. However, this venue has so much potential, we really can’t fail to see things picking up.