Arnel's Fusion Kitchen

Nelson’s Asian Fusion restaurant.

About Us

From humble beginnings, this is how the Arnel’s Filipino Restaurant rose into Nelson’s favourite dining experience. This is owned by local’s esteemed head chef Arnel Lisondra with the support of family and friends.

Arnel started as a simple, affordable, and exquisitely delicious food cart at the heart of Nelson. Open every Saturday and Sunday, selling mouth-watering Filipino food at the Nelson  Weekend Market.

Through dedication, perseverance, and great food, Arnel is now also a restaurant, still located at the heart of Nelson. Whether it’s invoking a sense of nostalgia from fellow Filipinos or introducing new flavors to Kiwi’s, Arnel’s Filipino Restaurant simply aim to give back to the Nelson community by sharing delightful delicacies to everyone, from our family to yours.

Lunch Specials

Special Lunch for Two

Starters: 1 plate of Homemade steamed dumplings. Mains: 1 plate of Crispy Pata, 1 plate of Pancit Canton Guisado (chicken or vegetarian), 2 Glasses of Iced Tea.


Pair-fect for Two

Starters: 1 plate of Lumpiang Shanghai (8pcs) Mains: 1 bowl of Munggo Guisado (Pork or Vegitarian), 1 plate of Bangsilog (Bangus /Milkfish), 2 Glasses of Iced Tea.


Lunch Combo

Starters: 1 plate of Quadro Combo: Chicken Lollipop (4pcs), Deep Fried Siomai (4pcs), Lumpiang Shanghai (4pcs), and Ukoy (4pcs). Mains: 1 plate of Pinakbet, 2 plate of Pork Sisig, 1 plate of Sinigang na pork Spare ribs (Pork rib soup with vegies & tamarind), 1 Jug of Iced Tea.


Mains Menu


M1 Bicol Express (GF) (DF) (Mild, Medium, Hot)

Pork belly, green beans, green chilli, onion, garlic, black pepper and coconut cream.


adobo pork

M2 Adobo (GF) (DF) (Pork or Chicken)

Philippines most popular dish, braised in garlic, soy sauce, vinegar with potato. Served with steamed rice.


stir fried pepper steak

M3 Stir Fried Pepper Steak (GF)

Sirloin steak, bell pepper, onion, ground black pepper and oyster sauce.



M4 Chicken Inasal (GF) (DF)

Grilled chicken marinated in a mixture of lime, pepper, vinegar, served with steamed rice with chicken oil.



M5 Crispy Pata (GF) (DF)

Deep fried whole pork hock serve w/ chef’s special sauce & pickled papaya on the side.



M6 Silog (GF) (DF) (Pork or Chicken)

Marinated pork or chicken served w/ fried rice, fried egg & pickles.


pork sisig

M7 Sizzling Pork Sisig (GF)

Minced pork, onion, garlic, lemon, black pepper, topped w/ fried egg & garnished w/ spring onion & hot sauce.


M8 Sizzling Seafood (GF)

Mung beans, olive oil, onion, garlic, salt & black pepper, prawns, tomato, baby spinach leaves.


M9 Teriyaki (DF)

Choose from chicken, beef, fish or tofu in teriyaki sauce w/ mixed seasonal veggies.


M10 Chicken Katsu (DF)

Japanese dish of fried chicken made w/ panko bread served w/ coleslaw.


M11 TonKatsu (DF)

Japanese deep fried pork cutlet served w/ coleslaw.


M12 Chicken Karaage (DF)

Lightly coated chicken then deep fried until crisp served w/ coleslaw.


Fried Rice and Fried Noodles

F1 Chicken Fried Rice (GF) (DF)

Chicken, carrots, green peas, onion, egg & garlic rice.


F2 Kimchi Fried Rice (GF)

Kimchi, beef mince, fried rice and fried egg.


F3 Pancit Bihon Guisado (GF) (DF) (VG) (V) (pork, chicken or vegetarian)

Rice noodles, cabbage, carrots, green beans, onion, garlic & soy sauce.



F4 Pancit Miki Guisado (GF) (DF) (VG) (pork, chicken or vegetarian)

Fresh thick egg noodles, cabbage, carrots, onion, oyster sauce & black pepper.



S1 Bulalo (Beef boil-up) (GF) (DF)

Beef Shanks & marrow bones w/ cabbage, bok choy, corn, pepper corn, onion, garlic & spring onion.


S2 Ramen Noodle Soup (DF)

Ramen noodles w/ chicken or pork, spinach, carrots, broccoli and hard boiled egg.




E1 Homemade Siomai (DF)

Steamed or deep fried Siomai (dumplings) pork mince with vegetables served w/ chilli sauce & lemon soy for steamed & sweet chilli sauce for fried (6pcs).



E2 Camaron Rebosado (4pcs)

Deep fried prawns w/ crispy batter, homemade chili mayo sauce, lemon wedges & fresh green salad.


buffalo chicken wings

E3 Buffalo Chicken Wings (6pcs)

Chicken wings marinated w/ spices & hot sauce. Served w/ chips.



E4 Ukoy-Vege Fritters (V) (GF) (DF)

Battered mix vegetables and vinegar dipping sauce.



E5 Crispy Chicken and Chips (DF)

Spring rolls stuffed with ground pork and vegetables. Serve with sweet chilli sauce (8pcs).



E6 Pork Spare Ribs (GF) (DF)

BBQ Spare Ribs with our own homemade BBQ sauce.




V1 Chop Suey (GF) (DF) (VG)

A colourful blend of fresh seasonal vegetables in a starch-thickened sauce served with steamed rice.


V2 Ginataang Gulay (GF) (DF) (VG)

A Filipino vegetable stew made of pumpkin, eggplant, green beans, onion, spinach, broccoli and cauliflower in coconut milk and spices served with steamed rice.


V3 Afritadang Gulay (GF) (DF) (VG)

Tomato based stew w/ potato, carrots, onion, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, chickpeas and red and green bell pepper served with steamed rice.


V4 Teriyaki Vegetable (GF) (DF) (VG)

Stir fried vegetables consisting of carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, mushroom, onion, green beans, courgette in teriyaki sauce served with steamed rice.


V5 Mixed Veg Tempura (GF) (DF) (VG)

Kakiage, pumpkin, courgette, eggplant, sweet potato, red and green bell pepper coated w/ tempura batter and then deep fried served with steamed rice.



Fried Egg


Steamed Rice


Fried Rice


Side Salad


Bowl of Chips w/ dipping sauce


Bowl of wedges w/ dipping sauce


Extra prawn


Extra Meat


* (GF) — Gluten Free
* (V) — Vegetarian
* (DF)— Dairy Free
* (VG)— Vegan

Contact Us

For private functions, events, or any special occasion, just give us a call. Our friendly staff and crew will happily assist you on your reservation.

  • Address: 89, Hardy St., Nelson
  • Opening Hours: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Tue - Sat)
  • Closed on Sunday & Monday
  • Landline: +64 (3) 9706742
  • Mobile: +64 (21) 1466835

Make a Reservation

We would love to know if you’re coming! With a limited capacity of our restaurant and staff, we do book up quickly.

Call 03 970 6742 or 021 146 6835 to make reservation and we will confirm your request.

For group bookings of 10 or more guests, we may need to ask pre-order. This allows us to keep the quality of your food and service to a high standard without slowing down the service for other guests in the restaurant. 

Questions & Comments

For any enquiries, comments, suggestions, bookings or reservations, don’t hesitate to leave us a message.

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