This week nel. restaurant launched it’s Christmas menu! I was so excited when DS told me he’d booked us in for a date night. You might remember that last year’s Christmas menu made my top eats of 2016! When Chef Nelly Robinson told me that this year’s menu was even better than last year’s, I could wait to sit down and see what surprises he had in store for us this year.
I’m not going to explain exactly what each dish is because that would totally ruin the surprise. And the theatre and surprise is, of course, a big part of the whole dining experience. I will, however, give you a bit of a hint as to what each dish entailed because the dish titles are very cryptic!
nel. restaurant christmas menu
8 course $118 per person, matching wines $90 per person (which we didn’t do)
Christmas tree – For many, the Christmas tree is Christmas. So of course it had to be part of our culinary Christmas journey. There’s a couple of presents under the tree, but also some edible decorations sitting in the tree!
Mince pie – We looooved this dish! It’s a savoury version of your traditional fruit mince pie.
Silent Night – One of the most surprising dishes of the night – people went nuts over this! I’m going to leave it at that.
Chimney Sweep – This dish features smoked salmon and comes from the fact that people used to smoke their own meats and fish in the chimney.
Chestnuts Roasting – This dish may not look like much (and was hard to photograph!) but it is a textural and sensory journey.
Shrimp on the BBQ – We are in Australia after all and prawns are a staple part of any Australian Christmas meal. Here’s Nelly’s colourful take on it, with all the trimmings.
Partridge in a Pear Tree – The ’12 days of Christmas’ carol is always the one that gets stuck in my head. You’ll literally get to enjoy some partridge and pear!
Pavlova down under – Pav is another Aussie Christmas staple, and this dessert actually reminded me a lot the summer efflorescence dessert they had at nel. a while back! Beautiful little chunks of freeze dried and fresh lychee, little puffs of meringue, and so much more!
Wrapping paper – Oh I just love how creative Chef Nelly gets! This was THE BEST – you literally look at it and think, is that…real wrapping paper? Of course not, it’s made of chocolate and there’s a fun surprise underneath as well. Up to you whether you smash it all together to eat (like DS did) or delicately take off the wrapping to enjoy what’s underneath (like I did)!
Rudolph’s Nose – This and the next course were our so-called petit fours. Rudolph’s nose is literally just that – a little red ball! I’ll leave it to you to discover what it actually is…
Gingerbread man – I freaking love gingerbread! This was a fun ice-cream version, but the texture was done so that you’d think you were eating an actual gingerbread man. What a great way to finish the meal.
All in all, we had SUCH a wonderful meal and it has gotten me really excited for the Christmas season. I love Chef Nelly’s hospitality in making sure he says hi to the guests as well, and I love that he is so dedicated that he’s in the kitchen every night (as much as he can be, as he does a bit of travel for work too!). So head on over and make sure you get to try this menu before the Christmas season end!
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