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Essence Restaurant

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Australian, Gluten Free Options
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1 Henry Wrigley Drive | Marrara, Darwin, Northern Territory 0812, Australia
+61 8 8920 3333
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05:30 - 21:30
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Sun - Sat 05:30 - 21:30
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Huntervalley
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119 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant operates within the Mercure Darwin Airport resort. It caters for guests and the public. The Essence Grill caters breakfast for guests and at the weekend also caters breakfast for guests from nearby Novotel. The breakfast selection is adequate and there is a selection of hot and cold food. The restaurant is available for Lunch and Dinner.The menu is... More 

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Thank armadeus
Adelaide, Australia
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83 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Essense grill food is superb. The scotch fillet is exquisite. I like my steak rare. Essence served it rare and it was tender, tasty and a good serve. Little fat mostly meat. My compliments to the chiefs. The service is a tad slow though. Ive been waiting for my desert for half an hour now. Its not busy by any... More 

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Thank Bruce B
Alice Springs, Australia
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309 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Had the pleasure of dining at this restaurant due to our stopover and was so glad we did. Only a small restaurant but service was helpful and attentive. Breads as an entree were to die for and my wife who doesn't like bread, ate two pieces. Proof how good it was! My wife had Pork Belly as an entree as... More 

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Thank Xanerin
Singapore
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119 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

Stopped 1 night, landing from an international flight in the evening before a domestic flight the day after, typical 1-night stay with not much expectations... but the dinner was awesome ! The barramundi was excellent and the dessert was surprising (in a positive way lol). The waiter who attended to us (Alan) was perfect too. All in all, a much... More 

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Thank Frog_Singap
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Frog_Singap, We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort. I will be sure to pass on the feedback to the chefs and Alan for his great service! Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one. Sincerely, Nathan H Food... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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68 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

I had dinner at the Essence Grill as I was a guest to the hotel. Frankly, I thought the prices were a bit over the top, but I do not live in the Top End so perhaps they were normal. Firstly, I had to wait 10 minutes to be seated while 3 other patrons paid their bills at the register.... More 

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Thank CindyBrisVegas
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear CindyBrisVegas, We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort. I am disappointed to hear that the your overall experience was not up to standard, please let me express my sincerest apologies. I have spoken with the front of house operations and back house operation to ensure this does not happen and be... More 

Somerton Park
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Had a meal with two friends. Food is exceptional but reasonably priced. The pork belly was to die for and the service excellent.

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Thank tatianamr2014
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Tatianamr2014, We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort. Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one. Sincerely, Nathan H Food and Beverage Manager Mercure Darwin Airport Resort More 

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43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

While the food was delicious, the restaurant closes at 9pm which is not very convenient for a restaurant near the airport. If your flight arrives after 8.30pm you have little chance of getting an order in. The meal was great but not a whole lot of options and is slightly overpriced for a basic hotel restaurant. Restaurant staff were not... More 

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Thank TorCru
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Torcru, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort. I am sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations; please allow me to express my sincerest apologies. At Essence, we strive to provide a superior service experience for every customer; therefore your feedback is very important to us.... More 

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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

We are local and in the past this place has shown promise. Not the case anymore. I had a couple of nights I needed to be out of the house for renovations and the place is very inviting but the two meals were probably be the last as the buffet breakfast was cold and over cooked as was the burger... More 

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Thank Baron K
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Baron K, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort. I am sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations; please allow me to express my sincerest apologies. At Essence, we strive to provide a superior service experience for every customer; therefore your feedback is very important to... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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393 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 301 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Eat here for breakfast as the Novotel Hotel restaurant was closed, the cooked food was dry as it had been there for quite some time and the cereal was soft due to being in the open air for some time. Very average for breakfast.

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Thank wizard60
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear wizard60, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at the Essence. I am sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations; please allow me to express my sincerest apologies. We appreciate your sharing your concerns, and it is our hope that you will give us the opportunity to better serve you in the... More 

Sunshine Coast, Australia
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87 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Drinks before the meal, nice casual atmosphere. Prices are a bit high for drinks and meals for what you get but paying for convenience near airport. Staff were efficient. Meals were prepared well and more than adequate, but nothing made us go wow. Breakfast was also good, standard buffet fare.

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Thank Stephen R
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Stephen R, Thank you so much for leaving this wonderful feedback regarding your visit to Essence! \ I will be sure that it is shared with the team! Kind Regards, Nathan H Food and Beverage Manager Mercure Darwin Airport Resort More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Australian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
05:30 - 21:30
Monday
05:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
05:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
05:30 - 21:30
Thursday
05:30 - 21:30
Friday
05:30 - 21:30
Saturday
05:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Henry Wrigley Drive | Marrara, Darwin, Northern Territory 0812, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Northern Territory  >  Top End  >  Darwin
  • Phone Number: +61 8 8920 3333
Description
10 mins from Darwin Airport

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?