Nômade brings global cuisines to the main street of Westport

WESTPORT — A nomad wanders from place to place.

Nomad is a new restaurant in Westport with an appropriate name; with the French spelling of the word, it nods to its variety of cuisines from around the world.

Patrick Jean and Ciara Webster are the co-owners of Nômade. Jean has been in the food industry for years, previously owning restaurants in Connecticut, including St. Tropez in Fairfield.

“We wanted to do something different,” Jean said. “We didn’t want to be the next restaurant, the same restaurant.”

Nomad took over the space previously occupied by the Tavern on Main, which served Westport for around 25 years at 150 Main Street.

Now the location has a completely different expanded look, with a few staples remaining, like the original floors. Jean said they drew inspiration from all over the world, especially Mediterranean, Asian and Caribbean influences.

“You can get French, Spanish, Asian, Peruvian, South African,” Jean said of the food.

The menu has a varied selection – from poke bowls to burgers, fish and chips, calamari salad, snails to razor clams.

Chef Zoli Kovacs said it’s exciting to prepare dishes from around the world for Nômade.

“I feel like the restaurant is going in a different direction than some of the other restaurants here,” Kovacs said.

Jean said they offer alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

The non-alcoholic menu offers gin, tequila, and rum in non-alcoholic options in their drinks.

From the wicker and wood paneling and fixtures to the bright, open spaces, Nômade almost reflects an island getaway located on Main Street.

Upon entering from the main lobby, guests are greeted by an indoor bar and lounge area. Terracotta-colored leather sofas line the perimeter of the restaurant, from the lounge to the dining rooms, with whites and tans as the pattern. Passing through the restaurant, guests can choose to eat outside, which houses another bar with a TV and open views of Main Street.

Large wicker light fixtures hang from the ceiling of the outdoor space, accompanied by what Jean calls a “feel good” or “late night” playlist, depending on the hour, almost transporting guests to a vacation destination.

Alfresco dining will even be available in the colder months, Jean said, as it will separate currently open areas and have full heating inside.

The outdoor area is also equipped with a lift for the disabled and solar panels.

Jean said Webster came up with much of the design elements, drawing inspiration from vacation spots like Ibiza and Cancun.

“She traveled a lot,” Jean said. “She had the idea of ​​the wood.”

Jean also said he knew what he wanted from his previous restaurants, such as the seating area at the front of the restaurant.

He said one of the goals was to get people to come. He said people are enjoying the restaurant and it has been crowded since they soft-opened in August.

“I’ve had people tell me that we’re setting the bar so high now, it’s going to be hard for anyone else to come and compete,” Jean said.

Nomad is currently closed on Mondays, although Jean said he hopes to be open every day when they are no longer understaffed.

“My goal is to make everyone happy,” Jean said. “There are three factors in a restaurant: the look, the food and the service. I think if you combine all three and do a good job, you succeed.

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