A dramatic degustation
Surry Hills diner Nel has launched an 11-course degustation ($155) inspired by the smash hits of Broadway. A witch’s hat-shaped dacquoise of ground nuts, with meringue, ginger and lime foam, is a tribute to Wicked, while Harry Potter-style wands are replicated in tubes of squid piped with mushroom cream, tossed in beetroot flour, lightly fried and topped with a black-garlic emulsion. You’ll also enjoy courses inspired by Oliver, The Book of Mormon and The Lion King. It’s available until November 6. nelrestaurant.com.au

Taco time
San Diego-based Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend winner Claudette Zepeda is launching a pop-up taqueria on Playfair Street in The Rocks. From September 1, Taqueria Zepeda will dish up tacos served with tortillas made using nixtamalized corn direct from Mexico. Expect dishes such as a confit beef tongue taco, skin-on crispy pork belly tacos and fried cheese Mexican “dosas”. There’ll also be Mexican beers, and classic and spicy Margaritas. It’s at 92 Playfair Street, The Rocks, and open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and Thursday to Sunday for dinner. taqueriazepeda.com

Over the moon
The Darling Square precinct will light up until September 11 for the annual Moon Festival, traditionally held during the autumn harvest. Diners across the hub will be creating special dishes for the celebration. Expect mooncakes from Auvers, fried ice-cream from Wingboy and taiyaki (fish-shaped, waffle-like cake) with lotus-bean paste from Tsukiyo. New supermarket brand Gong Grocer will host a pop-up stall selling mooncakes from Golden Century, Wing Wah, Meixin and more. An immersive projection and audio experience inside a cube will show beautiful tourist destinations from Korea. darlingsq.com

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In the field
Off-grid cabin company Unyoked has launched a second instalment of its Field Recordings program, which sends musicians into nature to record new music with the sounds of the wild. This year’s all-female line-up includes Aria-winning singer-songwriter Miiesha, Aria nominee Ngaiire, producer Milan Ring, soul musician Tiana Khasi and indie artist Ruby Gill. Listen here.

Friday joy
Alibi in Woolloomooloo is celebrating Fridays with a weekly happy hour from 4pm to 6pm. Ten bucks will get you aperitivo classics such as Aperol Spritz, Americano and Campari soda, while $15 will nab a Negroni, White Negroni or Sbagliato. Non-drinkers can pick up a Crodino for $6. alibibar.com.au