Chef Nelly Robinson brings the festive season to life with new menus

Check out Nelly’s new menu – The Story of Christmas

It’s that time of year again. That magical time when Christmas trees are assembled and adorned, buildings are lit up, the Home Alone video gets ready for another run, and tacky (yet strangely comforting) Christmas songs are playing absolutely everywhere. It is also the time of year when Chef Nelly Robinson, and many other Brits in Australia, start to miss home and all that is synonymous with a white Christmas.


What better way to overcome those feelings of homesickness (and FOMO) than by serving up one of the things a white Christmas is best known for … a scrumptious Christmas Feast complete with all the trimmings. In true “Nelly-style”, you can expect the menu to be incredibly unexpected and for the dishes to surprise, delight and deliver a snow-load full of festive joy.


Not only is Chef Robinson bringing the best bits of Christmas to life in his latest degustation menu, The Story of Christmas, but for the whole month of December, diners will be able to indulge in a decadent Christmas lunch, minus the stress of cooking and washing the dishes, kicking off on Friday 6 December through to December 21. 


Chestnuts on an open fire



Highlights from The Story of Christmas menu include Chestnuts on an Open Fire, the Christmas Wreath and Home Alone – inspired by everyone’s favourite Christmas movie of course. See if you can figure out which two iconic scenes inspired this particular dish … 



The Story of Christmas

Degustation – 128
Matched Beverages – 95


pigs in blanket
chestnuts on an open fire
mushroom stout
bacon sandwich


christmas wreath

2017 Te Whare Ra “Toru”, Marlborough, NZ


chimney smoke

2017 Snake + Herring “Tough Love” Chardonnay, Margaret River, WA


NFC (nel. fried chicken)

2018 Adelina Nebbiolo Rosato, Adelaide Hills, SA


festive quail

2016 S.C Pannell “Field St” Shiraz, McLaren Vale, SA


don’t eat yellow snow

2017 De Beaurepaire ‘Bluebird’ Botrytis Viognier, Rylstone, NSW


home alone

2018 Pizzini Brachetto, King Valley, VIC




Celebrate the silly season with the degustation cocktail menu – naughty and nice!


Gingerbread Espresso Martini

Degustation cocktail menu


60ml Archie Rose vodka

1 whole kiwi fruit, muddled

20ml elderflower syrup

20ml lime juice

20ml egg white

Vanilla bean

~Garnish with strawberry half, meringue stick, passionfruit powder, served in Riedel tall whiskey glass with ice


Sugar plum fairy (Sloe gin sour)

30ml Archie Rose gin

30ml Hayman’s sloe gin

45 ml cherry puree

20ml lemon juice

20ml orgeat

20ml egg white

Vanilla bean

~Garnish with freeze-dried plum, served in martini bowl glass with ‘garden’ underneath.


Mrs Claus’s Kiss (egg nog flip)

15ml brandy

30ml spiced mead

30ml egg nog


~Served in Uncle Dan’s snifter glass with a spiced sugar rim


Beach Booze

30ml dark rum

15ml white rum

15ml Malibu

60ml mango puree

20ml lime juice

~Garnish with dry mango, lime wedge and mint. Served in a tall glass.


Gingerbread Espresso Martini

30ml vodka

30ml Kahlua

60ml espresso

~Garnish with gingerbread man and gingerbread dust


And don’t forget that tempting Christmas lunch option – available every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in December, from 12pm to 2.30pm.


Christmas Lunch Menu



To Begin:

Bread with bacon butter


Organic chicken with a delicious lemon stuffing


Slow-cooked lamb shoulder with mint, rosemary and thyme

Rocket, faro and goddess dressing

Beechwood honey-glazed carrots with seeds

Broccolini with burnt butter parmesan

Crispy brussels sprouts with pancetta

Duck fat potatoes

Yorkshire puddings

Dad’s gravy

To Finish:

Strawberry + lemon pavlova


Cheese selection with homemade biscuits available as a little extra
 for the table for $35 per platter.



nel. Restaurant

75 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney NSW 2000

The Story of Christmas Degustation Menu

When: Bookings available from 19 November through to 21 December.

Tuesday–Thursday, 5.30pm to late,

Friday–Saturday, 5.15pm to late

Thursday–Saturday, 12pm to 2:30pm (from 6 December to 21 December)

Cost: $128 per person, plus $95 for matching wines and cocktails

Christmas Lunch menu

Every Thursday–Saturday in December, 12pm–2.30pm

Cost: $78 per person


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