Lunch Thu-Fri noon-3pm;
dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-11pm
Why aren't more people talking about Nel? In a glam basement off grimy Wentworth Avenue, this restaurant has flown largely under the radar. Chef Nelly Robinson's eight-course set menu changes monthly and is as eclectic as it is inventive, including everything from Indian and South East Asian flavours to Eccles cakes. You might start with a cloud-like vinegar and parmesan marshmallow, followed by a Thai-inspired skewered pork meatball with a coconut water chaser infused with green curry. Kingfish comes tender from the tandoor, while popcorn is cooked down to a savoury porridge and topped with chicken. The space creates the feeling of sitting inside the hold of a fancy boat, with long timber panels, leatherupholstered chairs and pendant lighting. There's no choice but the tasting menu, which isn't cheap, but the wine list is global, and it's a booking worth making, even just to try the black pudding and apple macarons.
Lunch menu $45
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