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Essence Restaurant

  • Sample Menu
  • Opening Hours
  • Event Suggestions

    To capture the meaning of Essence is best described as an amalgamation of culinary techniques, traditions and cultures from across the world. Exquisite dishes are simple, innovative, and capture both the raw and subtle flavours of The Territory.

    With this in mind we bring you the Essence menu. Cultural diversity of the Northern Territory has been captured in the Essence menu. We have drawn on the fresh local market influences of Asia and the Pacific regions, the uniquely wonderful Australian bush foods, and the easily obtainable modern Western ingredients to bring you dishes, which represent the melding of where cultures meet.

    Essence philosophy is to live each season as it passes, taste the fruits, breath the air, welcome the changes and resign your self to the beauty of each. Our passion of this transforms a simple dish into a dining experience, which raises the senses, stimulates and excites.

    Born in the Philippines, Executive Chef Neil Salonga integrates his culture with the raw and subtle flavours of the Territory. Having opened a restaurant in Melbourne, he returned to Darwin, where his unique signature remains distinctive. "Food needs to be accessible to everyone", says Neil," I want to bring a new level of imagination and feeling to it, while still providing dishes that everyone can relate too." Neil’s pursuit of excellence is reflected in the menu, his determination for perfection engrained in his staff.

    As a wise man once said, “Good better best, never let it rest, until your good is better and better is best”!

    Sample Menu

    SA oysters-cucumber jelly, smoked trout, wakame salad
    Assiette of prawns
    Dark palms sugar-cured beef
    Ravioli of braised oxtail
    Barramundi fillet seared on Indian pastry
    Sichuan style Muscovy duck
    Lamb duet rack and poached lamb loin
    Deep sea bouillabaisse
    Gourmet pizza selection
    Espresso licorice crème brulee
    Vanilla black sticky rice trifle


    Opening Hours

    Open 7 days a week
    Breakfast - 5:30am-10am
    Lunch - 11.30am-2.30pm
    Dinner - 6pm-9.30pm

    Essence grazing menu- All day from 9am-6pm


    Event Suggestions

    Product launches
    Cocktail functions
    Corporate and private dining
    Themed events
    Conference catering
    Tailored packages designed upon request


    Note: Special dietary requirements and vegetarian menus catered for upon request. Three working days notice is required Additional charges may apply