Vegetarian Thali

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Food Spread

What’s the food like?

On our gourmet food tours you’ll be served mostly a degustation (tasting) menu with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients as well as the influence of many cultures, including Aboriginal cultures. Local delicacies can include kangaroo, buffalo, barramundi, crocodile, prawns, tropical fruits and vegetables, and more.

You’ll enjoy a wide variety of gourmet dishes.  Below is a wide selection from several of the restaurants on our tours that’s indicative of some of the gourmet dishes you can expect on a typical tour. Selections may vary from tour to tour, but we’ll serve you more than 12 different dishes. Text in bold indicates produce that has been sourced locally, from the Northern Territory, or Aboriginal bush foods.

Menu Samples

  • Paperbark-smoked barramundi with roasted bush tomato salsa and local beer damper bruschetta

  • Gin-cured Spanish mackerel, radish, herbs, grapefruit, mango vinaigrette

  • Buffalo carpaccio with river mint salsa verde, pickled Spanish onion and taro

  • Slow cooked pork belly with charred leak, saffron infused pear with a chilli ginger Kakadu plum caramel, topped with wattle seed and peanut crumble

  • Green papaya salad

  • Berber spiced kangaroo with tomato jam

  • Whole char grilled goldband snapper with cashew sauce

  • Barramundi fillets in turmeric, lemongrass, fresh curry leaves, coconut

  • Char grilled beef in local betel leaf

  • Garlic mango prawn beetroot salad

  • Salt and pepper marinated crocodile

  • Garlic kai lan

  • Native pepperberry loaf with saltbush spiced dukkah

  • Kangaroo fillet, lemon myrtle, beetroot relish, yogurt mousse and dukkah crumb

  • Chargrilled NT banana prawns

  • Eggplant with a sweet and sour dressing

  • Black rice brulee, pandan-infused custard with black rice, brown sugar crumble and sesame meringue

  • Mango vanilla bean cheesecake, rosella and strawberry gum coulis, toasted coconut

 

We cater for special diets

We cater for dietary preferences including vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten-free, shellfish-free, allergies, and others. When you make a booking there's a space where you can write in your dietary preference, then confirm this with your guide at the start of your tour. Kindly note we are unable to cater for diets that are onion-free, vegan, halal, or kosher.


What drinks are available?

Standard soft drinks, coffee and tea are included in the price of most of our food tours. See tour for details. Alcohol is not included in the price of our tours, but if you’d like to purchase alcohol, you can do so at most of the restaurants on our tour.

 

What are the restaurants like?

Our tours are constantly changing, so there’s lots to try. We focus on the best locally-sourced food, no matter where it can be found. On a typical tour we will take you to a variety of places and they might be a fancy restaurant or a hole-in-the-wall take-away joint. We’re all about finding the tastiest food, no matter where. Most of the venues we visit are air conditioned. Eating areas are non-smoking areas. Smoking areas are usually available nearby. Washrooms are available at several locations. All tours are wheelchair-accessible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are some of the restaurants we'll visit?

Our tours feature a constantly changing roster of award-winning and iconic restaurants for lunch or dinner, which may include any three of these: Hanuman, Phat Mango, Little Miss Korea, Ella by MinoliChar, Moorish, Roma Bar, Urban Spice Pantry, Speaker’s CornerPepperBerry Restaurant at the Hilton, Snapper Rocks, Chow, Bannsang, and more.

What’s the walk like?

This is a relaxed walking tour on level and paved walkways, all wheelchair accessible. The average walking distance is under 1.5 kilometres, broken into short walks between restaurants. Our tours generally finish about a kilometre from where they started. If the weather is poor we’ll provide transport. Tours operate in a small walking area as indicated below.

 

 

Where your tour starts

All of our tours start at Phat Mango Restaurant, 56 Smith Street, corner Knuckey Street & Austin Lane, Darwin City.

What to wear and what to bring

Please dress smart casual. You may want to wear shorts and a short-sleeved collared shirt in Darwin’s tropical climate, but no singlets or thongs please. Comfortable covered walking shoes are recommended.

Download the app

Get the free ‘Darwin Street Art’ app for Apple or Android devices to see futuristic augmented reality during your walk. Your guide also carries an iPad if you want to view it on a bigger screen. Find out more about Darwin's vibrant street art scene.

 

Children

Girls and boys of all ages are welcome to join tours. Those aged 6 to 16 years old inclusive pay the listed Child’s price. Those aged under 6 years old eat free of charge.

 

Guest numbers
We can operate two simultaneous tours for a total of 22 guests maximum. Just let us know what you have in mind.

 

Ad hoc private tours for between two and six guests

If you book six guests 24 hours in advance, we can guide a private tour for breakfast, lunch, or dinner on any day. We can also conduct ad hoc tours for between two and five people on any date by arrangement. Ask us for pricing and availability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

What are the historic and cultural landmarks we'll see on a tour?

The historic and cultural landmarks we stop to see depend on the tour and the day of the week. Not all tours include all landmarks. Your tour may include one or more of these:

 

Darwin Street Art

Austin Lane and West Lane

An unexpected surprise when wandering Darwin's city streets is the murals that adorn the walls of our laneways. Since 2017, the Darwin Street Art Festival has brought vibrancy and colour to the city's walls, with international, national and local artists contributing to the large-scale art gallery. Many art pieces feature very cool augmented reality. We’ll have photo opportunities in Darwin's celebrated Austin Lane, home to giant street art paintings.

 

The Old Town Hall

11 Smith Street

On Christmas Eve 1974, after almost a century enduring tropical conditions and 64 air raids during World War II, Darwin's Town Hall literally started crumbling during Cyclone Tracy. The heritage building—erected 14 years after European settlers arrived in the region in 1869—was damaged beyond repair by the natural disaster, as was much of the city. We’ll have photo opportunities at this heritage-listed site, a testament to the destructive power of the cyclone that destroyed much of Darwin.

 

Darwin Waterfront

Kitchener Drive

This is a great place to find gourmet food and drink, not to mention that it’s set on a beautiful lagoon on Darwin Harbour. Our tour is constantly changing and we feature different establishments on different days of the week. Weather permitting, we’ll dine outside with a view of the harbour.

Parliament House

Some weekday lunch tours enter the building. This grand building, known locally as The Wedding Cake, opened in 1994. Photo opportunities abound and your guide will point out one or two significant but hidden features. 

 

State Square, Darwin

Overland Telegraph Memorial
Liberty Square
The Overland Telegraph line linked up with a submarine telegraph cable between Darwin and Java in 1872. It connected with the extensive British telegraph network, providing Australia with its first solid communications link with the rest of the world. If you could understand Morse code, that is.

 

Survivor’s Lookout
Esplanade
This high walkway gives spectacular views of Darwin Harbour and the Arafura Sea. Its name came about after survivors of the first WWII air raid on Darwin, in 1942, gathered here to see the devastation below. There were over 40 ships in Darwin Harbour during the attack, and some of the pictures on display are of burning ships seen from this high point.

 

Special Tours

Book a private tour—just tell us what you have in mind.

Tour options can include:

• customised itineraries

• ladies-only tours

• office incentives

• themed tours

• dinner and cocktails.

Cancellations, Booking Amendments and Refunds

If you cancel or amend a booking 72 hours or more before the start of your tour you will receive a full refund. If you cancel or amend a booking fewer than 72 hours before the start of your tour you will be charged 50% of your total cost. If you book a tour but we cancel the tour due to insufficient bookings or for any other reason, you will receive a full refund and the option to book another tour at a discount.

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