Kate Dinning gives her NT hot tips of the weekPosted by On

The year 2024 looks like it’s going to be a ‘new’ year in every sense of the word in the Darwin hospitality scene.

In recent weeks we’ve seen a few key venues close, and a few trade hands – and there are even a few opening up in the next couple of weeks, giving us all a fresh start in the new year.

This week saw the final day of trading in Austin Lane for fan favourites Little Miss Korea (I will certainly miss those dumplings!) but in the new year, there will be a Greek restaurant in its place – stay tuned for that one.

Another prominent figure of Darwin’s Bar scene, The Trader Bar on Harriet Place, has also recently traded hands (pun most definitely intended).

But as far as new on the scene? There are not one, but TWO new Italian restaurants that will be open before the year is out.

As the name suggests, ‘The Taste Of Italy’ is a popular market stall-turned-takeaway venue on Mitchell Street that opened this week for takeaway lunches and weekend dinners, but they assure me if you’ve had their pizza at the Mindil Markets, you definitely still have to try this one.

It’s on a different base – true authentic Italian pizza and focaccia, and it’s well worth a try. I’m also keeping an eye on the Waterfront … There’s a new fresh pasta bar – Bravo Pasta & Wine Bar – opening in late December where The Coffee Club used to be.

I’ll keep you in the loop.

What’s on this weekend?

I may be over 30 – but I’m still a sucker for a good adventure…

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