The Darwin Club is back – and it’s a club you want to be a part of!
Initially opening on the top floor of Admiralty House in late 2020 as a fine dining restaurant to complement its downstairs steak restaurant counterpart – the team has now realigned and ticked all the boxes for a unique seafood experience in Darwin City. Steak at the bottom, seafood on top. They’ve created a real life surf & turf!!
Born through the very Darwin-esque concept of ‘relaxed elegance’, our favourite thing about The Darwin Club is that it really hits that mark. It’s beautiful, it’s elegant – and it’s inviting.
At the soft opening night last week the owner’s speech closed with, “We just want to give Darwin another bloody good restaurant.” We’ll cheers to that!
FOOD & DRINKS
The seafood at The Darwin Club is all locally sourced where possible, with an emphasis on showcasing the geographical and historical connection Darwin has to the ocean – and we love that it tells you on the menu where everything is from! And trust us – you can taste it!! Props to the chef because we absolutely couldn’t fault any dishes that we tried!
The entree’s are an exploration of the richness of the ocean – modern Mediterranean inspired – and you can take your pick from roasted scallops (which were AMAZING), seafood chowder, BBQ octopus, a mixture of sashimi, oysters, prawn cocktails, pickled sardines… the whole lot!
The mains have all been thoughtfully created to highlight the exceptional produce that Admiralty House so carefully source.
There are some epic crustaceans on the menu – marron, mud crab, lobster – but you absolutely can’t go past the roasted black jewfish from the Tiwi’s, pan fried snapper, or Humpty Doo barra!
And if seafood just isn’t your thing, don’t worry, they have a delish Wagyu steak and lots of veggie sides! Check out the full menu here!
We stepped over to the bar and they had our heart – a curated selection of ocean & sailing themed cocktails, 110 premium wines to represent 110 years of service of the Royal Australian Navy, and the fresh, crisp white bar is what dreams are made of!
Fun tip – on the menu you can buy a round of beers for the kitchen, waiters, bartenders and the skipper… and the ghost upstairs – for only $20!
The thing we also love about this is the nod to Darwin’s history. It’s more than just ‘out for dinner’ when you step up into Admiralty House. We were captivated by the wooden floors, the ceilings, the way the furniture matched the architecture, and enchanted by the chandelier in the centre of the room, by the walls adorned with old Darwin photos, and by the tropical garden looking over the ocean – it’s a full journey!
We stopped to read the sign about the history and would absolutely recommend – we won’t spoil it all for you, but this isn’t even the building’s original location!
The thing we loved about this venue is that relaxed elegance really is the perfect way to describe it. The Darwin Club is nestled in amongst a tropical garden on the Esplanade in Darwin’s CBD, above Char. There is a ‘lawn bar’ for after work drinks and there are two restaurants, surrounded by plants and with glimpses of the ocean.
It’s the kind of place you would feel right at home at an elegant event – so if that is your thing definitely check out the Melbourne Cup celebration at Admiralty House – it’s on November 2nd – more details here!
Open Tuesday – Saturday for dinner with two sitting times, you can now book your tables online for The Darwin Club here.
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