Restaurant Reviews

Nel Restaurant: Restaurant review


75 Wentworth Ave
Sydney, NSW


Lunch Fri noon-3pm;
dinner Tue-Sat 5.15pm-late


Lunch menu $55 for 3-courses
Dinner $118 for 8-course degustation


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.
(02) 9212 2206
Bookings recommended
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Impressive Wine List
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Nelly Robinson
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.