After much survivor discussion, hunger set in and we ventured across the road to the Mabuhay.
This was a mixture of Asian food and none of us were really impressed.....but the hilight of the night was kareoke. Seems that there was a bit of a competition between our table and another obvious table of locals....but hey.....we thought we were good!! ;o)
See the lowdown on the videos attached ;o)
This was the first big meeting place of the Darwin outback Survivors.
Most of us by now had arrived in Darwin and were hot & in need of refreshment. We also had to do some last minute planning, so what better way than over a few beers at the local pub. So downtown Wisdom Pub fit the bill....complete with lovely beer garden & a local native possum who stole the limelight ;o)
In planning our VT event, Zig had included a few little surprises – or maybe I just hadn’t read all the details well enough! Either way, it was a pleasant surprise when we went to Berry Springs for our relaxing afternoon and swim, to find that a catering crew were waiting for us – as were the Northern Territory Park Rangers! (That story is under the ‘Warnings” section).
So, while we settled under the shade of some trees to relax, the caterers busied themselves making our lunch. They did an excellent job and we were served our barbeque lunch after only about half an hour from arrival. The
meal of sausages and/or chicken with salads was fine, the service was friendly, and then all the wreckage of dishes was whisked away, leaving us to continue our relaxation.
This eating option would probably not be worthwhile for less than a reasonable sized group, but should you find yourself in Darwin with the need to cater for a crowd it’s certainly worth investigating.
To wrap up the official part of our Darwin VT meeting, we all gathered at the Darwin Sailing Club for dinner on the Sunday night. The tropical air was warm, palm leaves rustled in the gentle breeze, the sunset was magical and the company congenial. The overall ambience is just a touch more upmarket than the Ski Club, but still very relaxed and informal. I’d visited over 15 years earlier on a business trip and it was every bit as pleasant as my memories suggested.
The Sailing Club offers a choice of “day’s specials” or a blackboard menu. While most of the VT group went for the “day’s specials”, a choice of roasts with vegetables, Pauline and I chose from the blackboard menu. It proved to be a mistake because, apart from being distinctly more expensive it seemed our order was overlooked and I had to return to the servery some time later to hasten it along (by which time most already had finished their meals). That done, it was produced promptly (no waiters here, it’s a matter of collecting from the servery), but although our stir-fry dishes were pleasant we both were convinced that the “day’s special” dishes had looked far better value for money.
Favorite Dish: So, although an evening meal served with a sunset at the Darwin Sailing Club is very enjoyable, I would strongly suggest that you limit your choice to the “day’s specials” rather than the blackboard menu. Then, with a cold beer and a sunset, the combination would be hard to beat anywhere!
Just a little further north from Mindil Beach, near the Museum of the Northern Territory, you will find the Darwin Ski Club tucked under the trees alongside the beach. When we booked our cab to go there, asking for the ‘Water Ski Club”, the desk clerk kept saying “The Ski Club”. It took a while to sink in, but when a place is as tropical as Darwin there’s only one kind of skiing: anything more is a tautology!
We went along as part of the Darwin VT weekend meeting and found a very pleasant relaxed sort of place, with the emphasis on informality. Outside, on the lawns, a set of tables had been drawn together for our group. The beer was cold, the company pleasant, and the food consisted of a choice of meat or seafood smorgasbord. The overall ambience is "old-style slow-moving very relaxed Darwin".
Favorite Dish: The choice was of a barbecued smorgasbord, either meat ($14.50A) or seafood ($20A). Most of the VT group went for the seafood, but all were satisfied that the meal was excellent value for money. Truth be told, the focus tended to be more on chattering with each other and (here we go again, LOL) admiring the sunset!
Very nice Thai restaurant situated upstairs on Mitchell St. It was incredibly hot when we were there it is fan cooled but during the wet when the humidity is high nothing can keep you cool. Casual type dining lots of big tables and talking nice atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: Good choice of menu we had a noodle dish, green curry and a vegable dish all were good.
The casino restaurant has a great breakfast buffet for $12.95 there is a huge selection and it is replenished frequently. They also have a lunch time buffet which is the same cost with dinner costing $20.95 whichever you choose you wont be disappointed they are all great value. You must book as they get very busy we just turned up for Sunday breakfast only to be told they were fully booked.
No pic of the restaurant as we werent sure we were able to take pics being in the casino hence only outdoor.
Favorite Dish: Lots of choice and variety.
Great Indian restaurant located inside the Central Hotel. Lovely surrounds they even have private rooms for large parties. Quite strict on their dress code no thongs I saw them looking at my glitzy variation of the thongs. Neat casual.
Favorite Dish: Hard to say lots of good choices we had Butter Ckicken & Rogan Josh with garlic naan all were superb
This Place is great for about $28.00, its eat all you can. All the food is laid out in bay marie (not cooked) you get a tray, pick your vegies and meat (meats include everything from crocodile,buffolo,camel, beef, chicken,kangaroo, fish ,prawns ...and the list goes on ) then you chosse they flavour sauce you wnat with it and pass it thorugh a window and watch the chef cook it right in front of you, as its asian food and the powerful woks they use it only takes a minute or two. Best thing about it you can kepp going up as many times as you like.
Lizards Outdoor Bar and Grill is a great spot for tasty and well-priced grilled dishes. Steaks are a specialty but there's also pasta, salad, seafood and wood-fired pizza.
The huge open air bar serves up ice cold beers and a good selection of wines, spirits or whatever your tipple may be. Sports fans are spoilt with giant TV screens showings all major live sporting events.
Favorite Dish: Porterhouse Fillet 350g cooked rare with pepper sauce and served with chips and salad.
This place is pure magic. Having lived in Darwin for a while, it was great to revisit places I used to go to when I lived there. The trailer boat club was one of my favourites. There is a large outdoor area where you can sit and watch the sun set while having a wonderful meal.
Favorite Dish: Anything on the menu is great with a cold beer.
The rest doesn't open in the evening, so ideally you want to get there and have a long lunch or brunch The views over the harbour are so wonderful, and you can sit on the huge verander whether it's sunny or raining.
Favorite Dish: The raw salad, it's really healthy but also very tasty. The restuarant has an excellent selection of wines, particularily white wines.
In a beautiful outdoor setting, on the corner of the CBD (so no traffic noise). A good choice of cocktails and wines. The food was very good and helpings were pretty large. Slightly over priced than my expectations, but I found that in most of Darwin. But then, tourism is one of their biggest industry and keeps people employed. Of course there is always the standard (and cheaper) option of McDonalds & Subway etc, but when you are at the top end, you have to try the local seafood!
Favorite Dish: 'Baramundi' - the local fish.
Arriving on our first port of call in Australia I was more then astonished to find a restaurant with bearing to South Africa.
Rorke's Drift being a battle ground during the Anglo/Zulu Wars and here was this pub/restaurant bearing a Zulu.....
They have an indoors which can be compared to a British Pub and two outside areas.
Favorite Dish: I tried the Oysters which were superb and as a main course the Guiness Beef Pie washed down with a few pints.... !
One of the three great pizza places in Darwin. Great for a cheap meal, you can buy a massive pizza and sit and share with friends or take away. Pretty delicious as are all of the pizza places in town. It is a great recommendation especially to the tourist as it is cheap, centrally located and close to the backpackers in town and also good to stop at on the way to or from the various pubs and clubs.
Favorite Dish: Pizza of course
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