Red Centre Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Red Centre

August 18, 2017 Jeremy Dunfee

Discover the best restaurant in Red Centre, Australia including Hanuman Alice Springs, Hanuman Restaurant, The Magic Wok Restaurant, Tim's Surf & Turf Restaurant, Pee Wee's At The Point, Moorish Cafe, Sporties, Arnguli Grill & Restaurant, Saffrron, Manolis Greek Taverna
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1. Hanuman Alice Springs

Crowne Plaza 82 Barrett Dr | Double Tree by Hilton, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +61 8 8953 7188
Excellent
50%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 976 reviews

Hanuman Alice Springs

A favourite dining experience for locals and visitors since 2001. Hanuman Alice Springs is conveniently located inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel, a 5 minute drive from the centre of town.The Asian mood is created through the clever use of decor, artifacts and lighting - a stunning contrast to the surrounding Central Australian desert landscape.

Reviewed By David C - Livonia, Michigan

The three of us asked our server for recommendations and we chose the items she recommended - lamb korma, jungle curry of beef and barramundi moolie. Each was excellent and were sufficiently varied to make for good sharing.
The service was good and we had a very satisfying experience.

2. Hanuman Restaurant

The Beaufort Hotel 93 Mitchell St, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Thai, Singaporean, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$133 - HK$534 +61 8 8941 3500
Excellent
54%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Hanuman Restaurant

Hanuman Darwin first opened its doors in 1992. Originally located at the Bennet Street end of Mitchell Street, the restaurant moved to its current location late 2007.We are delighted with the new setting. As part of the Holiday Inn Esplanade complex the restaurant incorporates a beautiful deck dining area and stylish cocktail bar.With Seating for 90 people outside and a further 90 inside, be prepared to immerse yourself in a truly exotic experience. The furnishings, tableware and artworks have been sourced from around the world and the lighting will take your breath away.

Reviewed By DPKR - South West Rocks, Australia

We shared an entree tasting plate, butter chicken and Thai pork belly. There were plenty of other interesting dishes on the menu. Everything we had was totally delicious, the service friendly and efficient and the atmosphere casual, but sophisticated. Would definitely go again.

3. The Magic Wok Restaurant

Shop 20, West Lane Arcade, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +61 8 8981 3332
Excellent
66%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 182 reviews

The Magic Wok Restaurant

Reviewed By ICBM - Darwin

After Reading such fantastic reviews, I surprised my family with a unexpected dinner out at The Magic Wok. On the car ride in i built the excitement about whether the kids wanted to eat crocodile, or kangaroo, what noodles, what vegies etc.
Unfortunately even though i checked that the restaurant was open on Trip Advisor, which it said it was, the restaurant is closed all day THursdays which just happens to be TODAY!!!

4. Tim's Surf & Turf Restaurant

10 Litchfield St, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner +61 8 8981 1024
Excellent
54%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 611 reviews

Tim's Surf & Turf Restaurant

Tims Surf and Turf restaurant opened March 24th 1994, 24 years later and still a local favourite. specialize in Wagyu Steak, seafood and the biggest chicken parmy in the universe, we are open 6 days for 3 and a half hours a day and feeds over 1,000 people a week with that kind of patronage you are guaranteed fresh produce delivered daily. dress code; have a shower smell nice and dress like you are going to a mates place for dinner. Biggest response from customers are;- 1. Excellent food and value for money! 2. best steak I have ever had! 3. meals to big, can I have a takeaway container? 4. wonderful happy staff you have. 5. I wish we found you guys sooner. 6. See you again!

Reviewed By Jodian - Bognor Regis, United Kingdom

Found Tim's tucked away dpwn what looked like a commercial side street. Hadn't booked but greeted by a smiling Tim and shown to a table. Tim came over and sat down and explained how things work - basically you tick off a sheet with what you want, take it to the counter where it is checked, order any drinks and pay - then sit back and wait. We ordered garlic bread as hungry and mains of 200g Wagyu steaks with veg and creamy mash - absolutely delicious and a change to get real veg plus English mustard. Only let down was house red wine which wasn't that special. Tim on the go all the time, checking everything fine with food and even clearing tables as well as telling staff if he saw customers needed attention. Also said goodbye to us as we left a fantastic Host and good hearty food easy to see why lots of locals.

5. Pee Wee's At The Point

Alec Fong Lim Drive, East Point Reserve, Darwin, Northern Territory 0820, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer Australian, International, Diner, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$118 - HK$298 +61 8 8981 6868
Excellent
67%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Pee Wee's At The Point

Restaurant, lounge and function complex, Pee Wee's at the Point is situated in the beautiful East Point Reserve and offers a stunning view on Darwin city. Come and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and taste our fine and fresh, modern territory food.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member - San Francisco, California

The restaurant with the best location in Darwin. Great food whether its a formal occasion or if you're looking for something new.

6. Moorish Cafe

37 Knuckey St, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Moroccan, Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$94 - HK$330 +61 8 8981 0010
Excellent
52%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 618 reviews

Moorish Cafe

Moorish Café is adorned with exotic aromas, local artistry, banquette Seating and a new modern look with exquisite tables and comfy chairs to truly savour the ambience. Darwin's ten-time Gold Plate Awards winner is also playing with more vivacious flavours from Spain and North Africa. The fascinating menu, features fresh local ingredients, hosts over 30 different tapas with edgy additions like the Grilled sumac spiced NT barramundi with bloodless bloody Mary and the King Salmon and Sichuan pepper pâté with fennel confit. To compliment a drop from the acclaimed cellar of older vintages try the Baharat spiced kangaroo fillet with pickled beetroot, smoked chat potatoes and goat cheese sauce, grilled NT Goldband Snapper fillet with roasted cherry tomatoes and chunky chips, sumptuous slow-cooked tagine or Dukkah crusted Black Angus eye fillet on sweet potato mash with bone marrow and red wine reduction. From private function feasts to intimate dinners for two, Moorish Café creates something delectable for every taste.

Reviewed By NTtravellerz

We booked a table the day before and then on the day called again and only after we arrived were we told we had two hours to eat and get out for the next sitting (ok they didn’t put it like that but the outcome was the same) surely we should have been told this in one of our two calls.
The food is nice but you don’t get much for your money. One person on our table has dietary requirements and ordered an item that had the word ‘salad’ which they thought ( like most of us) there would be some lettuce- wrong. The dish also said pine nuts but there were not enough to even fill the cup of a baby’s hand. The waitress asked about diets but not sure why as what was ordered (the person didn’t know by the description) was not good for their diet restrictions. Photos of the dishes would really have been helpful.
The Deserts are nice but they didn’t have the desert two diners wanted so they didn’t get desert and the restaurant didn’t get their money.
Never like coming here and this experience just added to all past experiences.
FYI - they don’t split bills and you can’t order and pay for drinks at the bar

7. Sporties

Todd Mall, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night 8953 0935
Excellent
38%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 363 reviews

Sporties

Reviewed By Xanerin - Alice Springs, Australia

Decided to go here for lunch as we had not been here for a while and it was lovely to see the new decor. Very modern, comfortable and inviting. Drink waiter was fast and efficient. Ordered oysters kilpatrick and this was over-cooked and not very nice. We also ordered the special of the day which I'm afraid I could not eat as it was not very appetising. Our other meal prawns, the salad was old which again spoilt our overall experience.

8. Arnguli Grill & Restaurant

Yulara Drive | Desert Gardens Hotel, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$181 - HK$479 +61 2 8296 8010
Excellent
47%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 596 reviews

Arnguli Grill & Restaurant

Arnguli is the local Indigenous name for the bush plum. The plum flourishes even in the driest areas. Its importance in desert life is immortalised in dreaming stories and artwork.A gem of Australia’s rugged heart, the bush plum is a fitting name for a restaurant that celebrates its stunning surroundings. Executive Chef Kellie Quazi selects and transforms the finest produce from around Australia into a modern culinary experience. Quality products from every corner of the country are enlivened by local Indigenous flora, spices, grains and seeds

Reviewed By EGH - Melbourne, Australia

Luckily we had booked our table at Arnguli restaurant but we arrived just after a huge influx of people due to cancellation of outdoor events because of bad weather. We waited at the door for about 10 minutes before someone came to seat us and once ordered the food took a very long time to come out of the kitchen. It was understandable under the circumstances and the waiter was very friendly and efficient. I had 2 entrees, both fantastic. The corn brulee with crab was delicious and the duck entree was also great. The rest of our group ordered steaks. The 2 who ordered fillet steaks were very happy with their meal. The 3rd steak, the porterhouse was very small, closer to 150 than the 250 grams stated on the menu and so thin it was difficult to cook medium rare. Very surprising when all the other food was so good.

9. Saffrron

U 14 34 Parap Rd | Parap, Darwin, Northern Territory 0820, Australia Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$149 +61 8 8981 2383
Excellent
62%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 360 reviews

Saffrron

Saffrron is a Darwin restaurant with a focus on putting sustainability on the table. Our authentic yet innovative Indian cuisine menu is also a real taste of the Territory, with all fresh produce from local producers and all seafood Territory or Australian-caught.Our full menu is available at our website and includes a tasting menu, vegetarian options and a kids menu (and the kids will love our Golden Paneer Lollipops). House-made items include Indian breads, condiments and desserts.You can order Saffrron takeaway too (via our website). You can find us on Facebook too or sign up for news to hear about our special menu events, including master classes and tours.

Reviewed By Margriet H - Darwin, Australia

Prompt service .. only 20mins from order of lamb curry and rice with pappadams and yoghurt to pick up. The curry was hot, as in spicey hot. Will get butter chicken next time. Limited choices but quality food at a reasonable price. Ordered on line for the first time and receipt came by email, and notification that meal was ready by text. Easy local meal.

10. Manolis Greek Taverna

64 Smith St, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +61 8 8981 9120
Excellent
49%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 282 reviews

Manolis Greek Taverna

Reviewed By paknasi - Darwin, Australia

We dined at Manoli's this week as a group of 7 adults and had a wonderful evening. As soon as we walked in the door, we were impressed by the atmosphere of the place. There were lots of people, so book! After a friendly greeting from the maitre de, we sat and started with the entrees and an ouzo aperitif. Shared calamari, ouzo scallops and cheese balls got us in the mood, then we went to our individual choices of mains. I had the charcoal grilled octopus and it was magnificent and tender. Everyone seemed to enjoy their choices and we're sure to be back!

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