Directly across the road from the excellent Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is an outdoor eating and drinking club that does allow visitors to enjoy the facilities of a well run and outdoor club. You only need to sign yourself in at the bar or at busy times there is a table set up close to the entrance way.
Your first mission, should you decide to accept, is to find a table as close to the dividing low fence that separates the club ground from the public pathway that abuts the foreshore – reason is to view the setting of the sun for the day. Off course it will never ever happen again, so best to get there early before the crowds arrive intent on seeing the spectacle for the last time before Earth is forever plunged into darkness - LOL.
Once entrenched time to wander over to the bar and grab a cleansing ale or whatever takes your fancy to toast the disappearance of The Sol God. Once that time has past and you have raised your stubby o the sun, time to line up and order the meal.
Refined Lady Gaw ordered a local fish delicacy – a barramundi with all the trimmings. Being less refined I was attracted to the ‘Bad Boys Burger’ that promised to contain 300 grams of fine mince, a fillet of chicken, several rashers of bacon, an egg and various other ingredients somehow stuffed inside a toasted bun. I was armed with an electronic ‘gizmo’ that lit up and squawked when the kitchen deemed it was time for me to be fed and so trooped back to the counter to collect our meals – the weight of the Bad Boys Burger meant I had to take 2 trips while avoiding the hungry mob intent of depriving me of my feast – and it proved to be a challenge, but Sir Gaw won in the end.
Prices are very reasonable amid a setting that is spectacular to say the least.
About the photos:
1. Main entrance
2. The crowd anxiously awaits the disappearance of Sol and drinks are ready.
3. Bad Boy Burger
4. Almost bye bye Sun, PLEASE come back tomorrow.
5. Not just human wildlife to watch out for - even an Ibis.
You may dine in or do take-away at the Kebab House. I did take-away and ate at a picnic table near the Ross Smith Memorial in the park overlooking Fannie Bay. The lamb kebab with cheese (10 AUD) was delicious and quite large. There were some good looking desserts but I managed to resist.
The Cyclone Cafe is located on the north side of the Parap Village Shopping Center (see a separate tip). It is one of Darwin's oldest and favorite cafes. From the quirky corrugated metal exterior to the relaxing and rustic interior, this cafe is unique. Although I walked, there is plenty of parking. My breakfast was quite nice and reasonably priced. I had the Cyclone Brekki (8.50 AUD) and a Chai Latte (4.30 AUD). They also offer homemade cakes and reputedly the best coffee in Darwin. Actually it may just be the strongest coffee!
During the mini-VT meet on 29 August 2010, we had lunch and dinner at the Darwin Ski Club. In between, while we were at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), we took a break at the Cornucopia Museum Cafe there. Coffee was 4 AUD and milkshakes were 5.50 AUD. There is a nice outside dining area with access to the counter where you order. There is also an indoor entrance in the MAGNT lobby next to the Discovery Center.
If you want good food and spectacular views of Fannie Bay and its sunsets, then try the Darwin Ski Club (DSC). If you want to go more than three times or more than once in a single day, you must buy a membership in the Northern Territory Water Ski Association. Annual social memberships are 45 AUD for adults and 15 AUD for seniors. Most of the seating is outdoors, but there is a dining room inside the clubhouse. We had a mini-VT meet at the DSC which included both lunch and dinner. You order and pick up your meal at the bistro kitchen in the clubhouse. See also a Darwin Ski Club tip and a Mini-VT Meet at Darwin Ski Club tip.
Favorite Dish: For lunch I had the chicken schnitzel (15 AUD) and a can of Solo lemonade (2 AUD). For dinner I had the thread-fin salmon (25 AUD). The latter was especially good.
The Aralia Supermarket near the corner of Aralia and Pandanus Streets in Nightcliff has an excellent deli and reasonable prices. I got a roast chicken and curried egg sandwich (7 AUD)and a bottle of green tea (5.50 AUD). It was just a short walk (~2 km) back to the nice breezeway kitchen table at the Frangipanni B&B where I had my lunch.
In the evening I went back and tried the Asian Gateway Thai Restaurant that is next to the Aralia Supermarket. I had the Three Flavor Fish (20 AUD + 4 AUD for rice). It was just okay. Maybe I just made a poor selection from the menu. Also, I am spoiled by the Three Flavor Fish at the Siam Cafe in Albuquerque, which is delicious. I only saw two other dining options in the area: Finigan's Gourmet Fish and Chips (also next to the Aralia Supermarket), and the Nightcliff Pizzeria & Restaurant (corner of Nightcliff and Ryland Roads).
Favorite Dish: The Aralia Supermarket Deli roast chicken and curried egg sandwich was 7 AUD.
We came back from Mandorah on the ferry ready for something nice to eat for our midday meal. Cullen Bay has a number of eating places along the Wharf area but it was not until we found Yots that we were tempted.
So we sat at a table overlooking where the yachts were moored and across to the homes on the other side. ...in the shade of course...this was Darwin and quite warm.
Such a beautiful aroma coming from the kitchen would tempt a saint! We would certainly go back if we had the chance.
Favorite Dish: When you go to a Greek Taverna it is madness not to try something Greek...both for food and drink. And we did. Don't ask me what it was....does it matter...just go...look at the menu and choose what appeals.
Great place to get a break from the heat and have plenty of cold beer with reasonably priced snack foods (or a hearty main) if needed.
Just to sit under the large shady tree and watch the world pass by is a pleasure.
This restaurant was in the Cullen Bay area right on the waterfront. The serves were huge and very tasty. The Tom Yum soup was excellent. Having been to Thailand many times and tasted the real stuff this was just as good!! The owner ( a "young" Thai female) was bubbly and friendly.
Favorite Dish: The Tom Yum soup
This is an excellent Turkish restaurant which we first visited late at night for coffee and cake. The coffee was the best we had in Darwin and the Turkish cakes exceptional.
We returned a week later for dinner and had maginificent chicken and beef kebabs with salad and turkish bread on the side. The meal was excellent, the serving of chicken and beef Turkish style was very tasty.
The next evening we returned again with 6 friends for coffee and cake. The owner arranged several lounges so we could all enjoy our coffee together in comfort.
Coffee and Cake is less than Au $10, whilst our dinner was approx $15 per person.
The ideal location on the marina came in handy for us as we had breakfast on a fine August morning.
This popular restaurant with 40 or more tables was packed when we arrived and service was stressed; in fact we waited 15 minutes for a waiter to attend our table, another 30 minutes for our coffee to arrive and all up 90 minutes for our bacon & eggs to arrive.
Customers were becoming aggitated and all the waiters could say was " we are extremely busy". A more sensible approach would be to say one of the Chef's has not arrived".
The coffee was good and the saviour of the morning was the fantastic view. The eggs & bacon eventually came and provided an early lunch.
I would return to this restaurant as the food was good and the view excellent.
On a warm night the Stokes Hill Wharf is a favourite with locals and tourists. Tables are available on the open wharf and if you arrive early you can enjoy a drink whilst enjoying a beautiful Darwin sunset.
There are about 9 or 10 restaurants which will take your order at shop front and deliver your meals to your table. Perhaps the most popular meal is the local Grilled Barramundi with salad and chips and at $13.90 it is a bargain. Most of our group took the Barra and there were no complaints.
Cold beer was available and complimented this Aussie scene. Sweets were available and we could not go past the ice cream.
Having been in Darwin for a few days and after trying various eateries..I came upon the Fox..as I was having a "coldie"in the bar I casually looked at the menu after noticing some great plates of food being carried out..so...I had an unbeleivably tender steak..and...really cheap for what it was as it was a large steak served with a fresh garden salad and potatoe wedges...washed down with another "coldie" it was an excellent meal..great value..at $11.00 ..There are many different items on the menu to suit all tastes..and really...reasonably priced..my only complaint was is that I didn't find this place sooner..
Favorite Dish: THE STEAK WITH GARDEN SALAD AND POTATOE WEDGES..there are many different items on the menu..and I would say this bar/restaurant was the best value that I found while in Darwin..
Our Sunday farewell dinner. The Sailing Club was another fantastic choice of Zig's.
This was a special night .....however saying bye bye is not easy ....
Anyway as far as restaurants are concerned....I would highly recommend this place along with the Ski Club for dinner & drinks.
This was where we had the Saturday night dinner for the big meet.
Zig chose well because it is right on the beach front with lovely views.
You could choose from the smorgas board menu or pick your own....all at pub prices.
If you want to experience one of Darwin's spectacular sunsets in an outdoor setting and enjoy good cheap food & tropical ambience....look no further than the Ski Club.
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