New Cafes & Restaurants May 2017

Wow wheezers, has it almost been a year since the last new cafes post

Darwin is currently feeling the exodus of old favourites but that also means there's a flood of new foodies into our quaint little town and we're pretty excited to try them all... there may be a pool of tears and drool on my desk right now.

Establishments on the radar


This much anticipated tavern in the middle of the suburbs advertised to be a child friendly place with a playground, perfect for a weekday break from the dishes.

We were sad to see The Milk Bar go, but these guys are taking up the mantle and continuing with great lunch options with a build-your-own-sandwiches, milkshakes and good coffee.

Spice Garden Eating House

2 Pavonia Place
Nightcliff NT 0810
Opening hours
Sunday: 17:00-22:00
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 17:00-11:00
Wednesday: 17:00-11:00
Thursday: 17:00-11:00
Friday: 17:00-24:00
Saturday: 17:00-24:00
08 89008068/0423317793

What used to be Pavonia Place is now transformed into a beautiful Indian/Sri Lankan restaurant. We're loving the shop fit design and the food looks great! (Psst vegos, we hear that they do vego buffets on some weeks, definitely one to try!)

Mad Hatterz Cafe

6/7 Coffey Street
Palmerston NT 0822
(08) 8932 1814

Hidden behind the new Killarny building in Palmerston, this little cafe has got our interested perked for their lunch specials...  

Afghan Kebabs

55 Smith St
Darwin City NT 0800

You might walk past and miss it, but the smokey wafts is something quite hard to miss! Sandwiched between Messa Living and PM Cafe this little takeaway store is offering the city a different flavour game.

Greek fest

There's a bunch of new Greek cafes as well!

The Stop Cafe

101/28 Bishop Street
Woolner NT 0820


More laksa!

Based in Palmerston, these guys boast bulk deliveries of laksas and noodle soups. Like, enough to feed an army.

NT Pizza Co

Shop 27, 159 Dickward Drive
Nightcliff NT
Opening hours
Sunday: 16:00-22:00
Monday: 17:00-22:00
Tuesday: 17:00-22:00
Wednesday: 17:00-22:00
Thursday: 17:00-22:00
Friday: 16:00-22:00
Saturday: 16:00-22:00
(08) 8948 0022

Wait, pizza and laksa? Whut?

Singapore Satay House and Catering

1/20 Essington Avenue
Gray NT 0830
Opening hours
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 15:30-20:30
Wednesday: 15:30-20:30
Thursday: 15:30-20:30
Friday: 15:30-20:30
Saturday: 15:30-20:30
(08) 8931 2229
The fish laksa here is different and one to try. Satay nights are also a thing, but make sure you call to book in advance!

Fusion is the new black


WOW! Sushi Burger

NT 0810

Burgers made of sushi is like, what our dreams are made of. Find the incredibly cute cart at the Nightcliff markets.


Shop 1, 52 Marina Boulevard
Cullen Bay NT 0820
(08) 7978 6111

No ZZZ's for us here - Japanese Korean mix and we're keen as kewpie. 

TaiNe Roots

Malak Markets
Chambers Cresent Park
Malak NT 0820
0420 679 841

Two friends are bringing things like Nepalese momo's and famous Taiwanese snacks to the Malak Markets.

Le Bistro Rakuya

Casuarina Shopping
247 Trower Road
Casuarina NT 0810

This Japanese French fusion burgers blew our heads off at this year's Taste Territory - definitely one for the burger fiends! Their little restaurant is due to open in Casuarina in the next month or so, but for now they'll be trading at Malak Markets on Saturday nights.

Food truckers


Fred's Pass Market
0438 186 587

Pizza in a cone. 'Nuff said. 

Malak Markets

First we have seen of Syrian food, should be a delicious experience!

This super instagrammable ice cream has landed crash hot in Darwin and trading over various marketplaces and Coolalinga Central.

Serving up solid organic meals like lamb shoulder with mash is something we've been craving for. They have lovely organic desserts like panna cotta as well!

Mindil Markets

RoadKill Cafe

Mindil Beach, Maria Liveris Drive
Darwn NT 0800

There's some interesting meats, hmm hmm!


The Brat & Kransky Haus

Bratwrust and sauerkraut galore, these guys did an awesome job at Taste Territory! 

Authentic Austrian and German food straight out of Grandma's secret cook book - find them over at the Foreshore Cafe