Thanks to its proximity to Asia and balmy tropical climate, Darwin is a hotbed of outstanding Asian food. To help you find the tastiest bites in the Top End, we’ve unearthed the best Asian restaurants in Darwin.
Jimmy Shu’s award-winning Hanuman restaurant is a must-visit in Darwin. Drawing on the flavours of Thailand, Malaysia, India and Indonesia, Hanuman offers a broad sweep of modern Asian flavours, served in a chic, colourful setting. Don’t miss the Hanuman oysters with lemongrass, basil, chilli and ginger, or the prawns with coconut, wild ginger and curry.
93 Mitchell St, Darwin
For a fun-filled meal of South East Asian specialties, pop to cool and casual Chow. Go the Vietnamese route with pho and rice paper rolls, opt for Malaysian-style Laksa, or share Thai salads, curries and chargrilled meats. If you can’t decide, opt for one of the bountiful banquets.
Shops D1 & D2, 19 Kitchener Drive, Darwin
No need for a passport to sample the hawker snacks of Singapore. At Asian Pot in the centre of Darwin, you can feast on authentic Hainanese Chicken Rice, Laksa and Char Kway Teow, served in a no-frills setting reminiscent of Singapore’s food halls.
Shop 6, 21 Knuckey St, Darwin
Roast & Noodle 328
Be transported to the streets of Hong Kong with a meal at Roast & Noodle 328. Stuff yourself with glossy Roast Duck, tender Char Siu Pork and soothing Wonton Noodle Soup in this laid-back canteen.
Shop 15, The Galleria Shopping Centre, 37-39 Smith St, Darwin
Little Miss Korea
Next, it’s time for a virtual trip to Seoul via Little Miss Korea. Housed in an industrial-style space, this loud and lively eatery is a favourite for Steamed Buns, Bossam Wraps and DIY barbecue of Bulgogi beef, pork belly and garlic-soy chicken, served with an array of Banchan (side dishes).
Austin Lane, Darwin
Parap Village Markets
Visit the thriving open-air Parap Village Markets on Saturdays to shop for tropical fruits and herbs, then enjoy a roaming feast of fruit salads, smoothies and spicy bowls of Laksa.
Parap Rd, Parap
Mindil Beach Sunset Market
On Thursday nights from April to October, visit the Mindil Beach Sunset Market for a true taste of the tropics. This iconic market is home to more than 200 stallholders, serving Asian snacks such as Indonesian Satay, Malaysian Laksa, Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls and Japanese Sushi burgers.
Raffles Plaza, 2/1 Buffalo Ct, Darwin