Review of 8 course degustation at Nel
Dinner degustation at Nel is $98 pp and changes every 6 weeks. These photos are from way back in May so the menu has definitely changed since then.
When working Chef Nelly seems so intense. He prowls the kitchen like a corporal scrutinising every dish as it’s plated. Occasionally, you’ll hear him clap twice when a dish is ready to be picked up for serving. Speaking of plates, the food is served in some of the most quirky ones I’ve ever seen. The fact that they’re custom made for the restaurant certainly adds to its uniqueness. Take the Duck, parmesan arriving in a stark white tiny cup with a duck foot stem.
A highlight for me was the Chicken, potato, chive, garlic broth featuring two perfectly crumbed chicken oysters. The smell of chicken and garlic is strong and heady, warming you up from the first mouthful. Served on a smoking hot bed of Japanese charcoal the Cornish pasty are painted jet black and filled with slow cooked wagyu beef short rib with potato, onion, black pepper and ponzu.
Amongst the other dishes, we didn’t really fault anything aside from the Autumn forest which was only let down by the pebble-sized crystals of solid sugar. However we did thoroughly enjoy the other dessert Mandarin, matcha, sesame praline.
Nel was without a doubt one of the better dining experiences I can wholeheartedly recommend.
This meal was independently paid for.