Casa NOM Bar Y Restaurante is a local Mezcaleria for the agave and Latin American enthusiast. The brainchild of brothers Nicholas and Thomas Welch (The White Oaks Saloon Bar & Dining, The Silverlake Social Bar & Dining & High Spirits Beverages Liquor Distribution), the restaurant is the perfect spot to begin your night amerced in the surroundings and offerings of the south, before crossing the border into Mexico and beyond.
The food menu offers a taste of honest Latin American cuisine which showcases simple, fresh ingredients, bold flavours whilst keeping authenticity central to the taste. The space is slick, yet comfortable , comforting and family-friendly which speaks to relaxing Latin American values. Attentive waitstaff waft around the moodily lit dining area delivering seamless service. On the drinks front, Casa NOM champions the spirits of Latin America – with an emphasis and celebration on the integrity of Mezcal. Casa NOM also showcases the amazing diversity of spirits from other parts of Mexico, and Latin America, including tequila, rum, aguardiente, pisco and cachaça. Offering craft beers, wines, cocktails and spirits (many personally sourced and imported by the Welch brothers from the Americas).
We loved tasting our way through the menu. To start yucatan plantain croquettes whetted our appetites. We loved these traditional Yucatan mashed plantain and raisin croquettes served with tomato salsa. The chorizo and chimichurri chiripan was similarly delicious. A traditional Argentinian sandwich, a fluffy potato bun was filled with spicy chorizo, chloved, oregano, smoked hot paprika, parspey and seasoned with spiced and served with salsa Criolla.
A Latin American feast would of course be incomplete without some empanadas and arepas – both of which we highly recommend when at Casa NOM. The spinah and mushroom empanada was beautifully made. Crumbly Colombian pastry was filled with a flavour laden mix of spinach, mushroom, potatoes and served with salsa verde.
Whatever you do, do not leave without trying the black bean and plantain arepas. These are a thing of beaty. Traditional Colombian bread was topped with balck beans, plantains, jalapeno, and spring pea guacamole. Just yum!
If you're looking for something sweet to conclude your visit, you should not (must not) go past Casa NOM’s Alfajores. This is as close to the real thing we’ve tasted in Melbourne. Traditional South American sandwich cooked served with satiny, creamy Dulce de Leche.
Casa NOM’s is a place to meet, mingle, experiment and most of all to find your inner-Latin!
Location: 110 Greville St, Prahran
Phone: 03 8394 5358