After a tour of Asia, Japanese pop-up concept Nama is back in Australia. Following previous stints at Austin’s Wines, Freddy’s Pizza, Fin Wines, Leonardo’s Pizza Palace among others, it’s found a new residency in Collingwood – where it’s sticking around for six months.
Asian-inspired dishes from founder Geoff Marett (ex-Yardbird in Hong Kong) and head chef Drew Thornton’s can be found inside warehouse bar Paradise Alley. The menu includes pork belly yakitori with gochujang; chicken heart skewers with tare and wasabi; salmon tartare with mandarin kosho ponzu and house-made prawn crackers; corn tostadas with miso butter and parmesan; ebi toast with “Namamite” and tobiko (salmon roe); its take on a Filet-o-Fish; bone marrow cheesy corn on fried mantao buns; and plenty more.
There’s also a yakitori launch party on Saturday July 1 to kick off the residency. The day’s menu includes the same pork belly and chicken heart skewers, as well as shiokoji lamb with prata roti; cauliflower with yellow curry; and chicken wing with shichimi and lemon. The ebi toast and corn tostadas will be available, too.
To drink, the Paradise Alley crew is making Highballs and pouring Brick Lane’s Japanese lager, with magnums of sake flowing throughout the day (and night).
The launch party runs from 2pm until the kitchen sells out.