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Nel's Australian Summer Menu — CANCELLED

The underground restaurant is launching an Australian-themed degustation for summer — with Vegemite cocktails and Weet-Bix desserts — and donating a portion of profits to Rural Aid.
By Samantha Teague
December 24, 2019
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Nel's Australian Summer Menu — CANCELLED

The underground restaurant is launching an Australian-themed degustation for summer — with Vegemite cocktails and Weet-Bix desserts — and donating a portion of profits to Rural Aid.
By Samantha Teague
December 24, 2019
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UPDATE: MARCH 30, 2020 — Nel is temporarily closed due to government restrictions on public gatherings. We will let you know when it reopens.

When summer hits, many Aussies start reminiscing of days spent on the beach as a kid with arms and faces covered in melting ice cream. Chef Nelly Robinson, of underground restaurant nel, is channelling this nostalgia into a new degustation menu of reinvented Aussie classics.

Available from January 14–April 4, the dinky-di menu is available for dinner six days a week. And the first dish is — you guessed it — 'ice creams at the beach'. Instead of vanilla ice cream, though, this waffle cone is filled with smoked eel mousse, native dukkah, caviar and nori — and it's much less likely to drip all over you.

Robinson's whimsical degustation then features a twist on potato scallops, a mini Bunnings sausage sizzle and Vegemite-spiked focaccia. That's just for entrees.

Then, bigger dishes include a taco-shaped smashed avo, barbecued lamb, and bugs and squid. For sweets, you'll find cute Cherry Ripe-flavoured droplets and a Weet-Bix and milk dessert.

You'll get all of that as part of a 11-course degustation for $128 a head. If you'd like drinks, too, an optional $95 wine and cocktail pairing will see you sipping on the likes of a gin sour made with davidson plum, a Vegemite old fashioned and a Tim Tam Slam-inspired dessert drink.

As an added bonus, $5 from every degustation will be donated to the Buy a Bale campaign. The initiative, part of the charity Rural Aid, provides essentials — such as, yes, hay, as well as water, diesel and hampers — to farmers doing it rough.

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