Nara on the Square
Situated in a white stucco-fronted heritage building, this all-day restaurant offers an abundance of bright, colourful and fresh food.
It was founded by Lucy Mutch and Dan Dew, who originally created Nara as a food truck before it outgrew those beginnings.
The menu incorporates some meat but is otherwise largely plant-based, featuring a host of wholesome items. Brunch dishes include Turkish eggs and atayef (rosewater, pistachio and crème fraîche pancakes), while for lunch you might order marinated lamb skewers served with romesco sauce, garlic and preserved lemon yoghurt; and chermoula-roasted aubergine with bulgur salad and yuzu-infused olive oil.
To drink, sommelier Dew has designed a wine list to please all palates. The list has been labelled by style (for example “crisp”, “rich”) rather than varietal, so it’s easy to navigate if you’re after a specific wine type. There’s plenty of pinot noir – what Martinborough is famous for – and other interesting reds include a Catena Malbec from Argentina and a Massolino Barbaresco DOCG from Italy.
The space embraces Scandi-inspired minimalism, with wood and concrete pillars scattered throughout. Sit around oak tables on grey padded chairs and long wooden pews, under large open ceilings with exposed beams. You’ll know you’re in vineyard country thanks to the multiple wine fridges stuffed with an array of local and international wines.
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