Nama at Austin’s Wines
When Japanese pop-up concept Nama landed at Leonardo’s Pizza Palace last year, it booked out in a flash. Founders Geoff Marett and Raphael Hyams (a third founding partner has since left the business) have since brought it to Leonard’s House of Love, Freddy’s, Ocean Beach Pavilion, Fin Wines and even overseas to Singapore and Malaysia, plus at-home private dining.
Nama’s latest pop-up is the longest one so far, with a six-month stint at family-run Austin’s Wines in Geelong. Pair their Asian-inspired dishes with fruit-forward wines when you settle in for a meal in the cellar door, with views of the sprawling 20-year-old vineyard.
The menu changes each month, but for November you can get ebi (prawn) toast, with sesame and Namamite (a house-made savoury spread); salmon belly yakitori; crispy pork belly with waffles and maple syrup; charred cabbage with edamame cream and wasabi; and a chewy chocolate chip cookie with Coco Pop custard.
Open Thursdays to Sundays from 11am to 5pm.