We think a lil’ dose of Disney is precisely what the world needs right now. A warm hug, a spoonful of sugar, a sprinkle of fairy dust, an enchanted pumpkin, or—in this case—a magical degustation laced with volumes of Disney-grade nostalgia.
Yes, Australia’s ultimate creative chef Nelly Robinson is back at it with the third chapter of his charming and artistic Disney-inspired 11-course degustation. The “Once Upon A Time” dinner sells out every year, so if you missed out last year—do yourself a favour and lock it in.
If you’re unfamiliar with Robinson’s Sydney restaurant nel., it is a pretty extra experience and definitely one for your dinner bucket list. Robinson changes up his degustation menu every eight weeks, each time developing a truly incredible, outrageous multi-course narrative, where every plate is a piece of art, a flavour sensation and a story in itself.
As for the 2021 edition Once Upon A Time menu, there are both classic Disney tales and new Disney stories in the mix.
You’ll begin with a Coco-inspired dish called "Day of the Dead" featuring a medley of corn, chimichurri, sundried tomato, and cocoa butter. There's also a Pirates of the Caribbean-themed dish called "Dead Man's Chest", which is squid topped with a black garlic emulsion; black and white steamed buns inspired by 101 Dalmations; and a rum, honeycomb, kaffir lime, and coconut creation called "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts".
The Aladdin-inspired "Street Rat" plate (pictured above) involves tomato, dates, pistachio, nasturtium, and an actual golden lamp too. For dessert, it's "Boo's Best Friend" from Monsters Inc—a white chocolate and mint parfait resembling Mike Wazowski’s eye and James P. Sullivan coloured fairy floss. Honestly—this chef is a genius.
“After the raging success of last year’s Once Upon a Time menu, we couldn’t wait to do it all again!” Robinson said. “It was so much fun to create a whole new menu around some of my favourite films and we have carefully crafted dishes that will make diners feel like a child again, whilst enjoying it in an adult environment paired with fun cocktails and great wine to match.”
This might just be the happiest degustation on Earth. Book your spot here.
What: Once Upon A Time degustation
When: Bookings available now for dates from Monday 28 June until Sunday 9 October
Where: nel., CBD
Cost: $145 per person, plus $105 per person for matching wines and cocktails
For something else special to do in Sydney this winter, check out Restaurant Hubert's Magnums and Movies series.
Image credit: nel.