Situated in a former open-air cinema Nōema is a classy restaurant, bar and idea retailer within the heart of Mykonos city. Utilizing time-honoured Cycladic traditions, the menu leans in the direction of substances which are cured, fermented, sun-dried, and flame-grilled, whereas the boutique spotlights native and unbiased designers.
Nōema is the Greek phrase for “which means” or “substance”—how does that relate to what the restaurant is attempting to realize? Everybody has a special thought of what “significant” is. Understanding the tales behind a meal together with the cultural significance or the aim of an ingredient can assist elevate and form a night out. Nōema tells a narrative—by way of the meals, the employees, and the precise house.
Nōema is a hybrid house designed to encourage a powerful sense of group and place—who’s the Noema group and the way do you carry them collectively? The restaurant is situated within the heart of Mykonos City, and this creates a hidden, close-knit ambiance. The kitchen is filled with younger cooks, there’s an ever-changing group of musicians passing by way of, and folks simply come collectively within the house.
What are a number of the signature dishes and why? Does the menu change all through the season? The menu is ever-changing, relying on the season. When visiting Nōema, you must all the time strive the fish of the day. Simplicity is vital with this dish. A closely seasoned fish is commonly an indication that it’s not contemporary, however a freshly caught fish, served with native olive oil and lemon, is a good alternative at Nōema.
How have you ever reinterpreted a number of the traditional Greek dishes to make them extra up to date and distinctive? Greece is so geographically various that there isn’t one monolithic “Greek” delicacies. The meals tradition of the Cyclades is one thing that we prefer to experiment with. These islands have a wealthy heritage round preserving, curing, and pickling substances. The kitchen adopts these conventional strategies but additionally modifies them, incorporating sudden substances, for instance, to create one thing sudden.
Let’s take a look at a tomato: a contemporary July tomato is ideal for a Greek salad. However the identical can’t all the time be stated later within the season, so by using these time-tested preservation strategies that tomato transforms into one thing fully completely different come October.
Ok-Studio is thought for designing areas that remember the historical past and architectural traditions of a location—how are these two concepts communicated within the design and aesthetic at Nōema? At this time, easy whitewashed buildings are symbolic of Mykonos city, however this was not all the time the case. Whitewashing was in actual fact first launched for hygiene causes throughout a cholera outbreak within the Nineteen Thirties, after which the aesthetic caught.
At Nōema we’ve chosen a palette of muted charcoals—a nod to the granite boulders—and creamy caramels—to echo the stone partitions and golden seashores of Mykonos. The design groups we labored with, Lambs & Lions and Ok-Studio, made certain that nature and the native surrounds offered the inspiration for the whole Nōema undertaking.
The wealthy umber wooden used all through can be a nod to the previous. The design group visited the Folklore Museum of Mykonos to be taught the normal strategies for treating wooden. This meant utilizing petroleum as a varnish after which leaving the fabric within the solar to seal. The ensuing darkish burnt patina offers the interiors a way of historical past and gravitas.
There may be additionally an idea retailer as a part of the providing—how do you discover and supply designers for this house? The Retailer goals to showcase Greek and worldwide artisanship by way of clothes, footwear, jewelry, cosmetics, design objects, books, and magazines. Unbiased manufacturers resembling Garçon Sauvage, Le Kasha, and Sophie Deloudi might be discovered within the retailer. Nōema additionally has its personal signature line, Prao, designed by Marios Schwab, impressed by the easy magnificence of native island life.
This season, The Retailer additionally incorporates a capsule assortment by Historic Greek Sandals; easy fundamentals by Parthenis; swimwear from Norma Kamali and Eres; kaftans by LemLem; and Castañer espadrilles.
How does a night unfold? How is the music curated? At Nōema, the kitchen group draw from their very own experiences and background to create contemporary and progressive dishes, and the music program follows the same formulation. Curated by DJ and producer Lannka, he encourages instrumentalists, sound artists, vocalists, different DJs, and sudden abilities from all over the world to carry out and collaborate. Greece has been absorbing musical influences for hundreds of years. Nōema is a continuation of this: a spot the place historic devices might be heard alongside rising and sudden mediums.