Eating - NT/Darwin
I am hoping to visit Darwin at some stage as part of a return journey to Australia.
Sydney I am covered, fingers crossed for Tetsuyas/Quay/Pier, but as for the far north I am a little lost, any help much appreciated.
I am not expecting fine dining, but good eating/drinking/coffee recommendations would be great.
My lingering memory of Darwin is barramundi... you basically can't get any other fish besides barra, though it's usually fried and dripping with old smelly oil - sigh. If it doesn't say grilled on the menu don't bother.
My last trip to Darwin was very Italian. I suggest Chianti's in the city, at Cullen Bay I suggest the pizza at Seadogs, and if you want to buy your way into the record books there's a $300 foccacia at Il Piatto at SkyCity which was slightly beyond my means :-)
If you're crowd friendly the Mindil markets have some surprisingly good food. If you're self catering I rate the gourmet deli in Parap, they have very decent bread and a good range of cheese and smallgoods (including, last I was there, jamon iberico, bone in).
Roma bar in town does a good coffee and they make some interesting breakfasts - dhal, cereal thrillers, sago.. they also have the standard stuff. Ducks Nuts also does good coffee. For food i would go to the new greek restaurant Manoli's on Smith St - they do some really beautiful fresh mezedes and make sure you have their desserts and a greek coffee!!!