What’s on the menu, then?
Being so close to Southeast Asia, Darwin’s Asian restaurant scene is thriving. For exceptional Thai cuisine in the CBD, pay Mellow Thai Restaurant and Cafe a visit for an interesting dish of green curry pasta infused with galling and kaffir, or opt for the chicken pad thai packed with eggplant, egg, capsicum and Thai herbs. Or, if you’re more in the mood for the flavours of India, Tandoori Vibes is your best bet. This stylish Darwin restaurant on Smith Street is close to theatres and galleries, making it the perfect stop for a rich and fragrant butter chicken or masala lamb cutlets before an evening of culture. All of that said, to sample some more authentic Darwin fare, a visit to Rorkes Beer Wine Food is essential. On the corner of Smith and Bennett Streets in the CBD, this Darwin restaurant is a bit of an institution. You’ll find a carefully-curated drinks lists and a food menu to rival that of anywhere, and being only a stone’s throw from the waterfront, you can take in the picturesque views and while the day away.