A CUT ABOVE THE REST IN EVERY WAY
BY JACK STEPHANE
Monsoons, situated in busy Mitchell Street is well known as one of Darwin’s favourite party bars; however under head chef Mark Wixted it is also establishing itself as a well-respected restaurant.
I went along for lunch, to sample Mark’s creative Tapas menu – “Something to Share” and certainly wasn’t disappointed.
Italian meatballs ($10.00) (5pieces) Large, succulent homemade traditional Italian meatballs in a spicy, herbaceous tomato sauce, topped with parmesan cheese. Nonna couldn’t have made any better!
Coconut prawn shots ($12.00) (4pieces) Moist, fleshy prawns covered in light, crispy threads of coconut on top of shot glasses filled with a tangy, yet refreshing tropical chilli, pineapple salsa. Wow!
Monsoons’ Risotto Balls ($12.00) (6pieces) Light and crispy on the outside; with a rich and creamy risotto on the inside; together with the subtle flavours and textures of parmesan, mushrooms and bacon. Served with a delicious aioli dipping sauce. Again Nonna would have been very pleased.
Monsoons’ Fishcakes ($12.00) (5pieces) Lightly crumbed with sesame seeds, these aromatic fishcakes with chilli, coriander and lemongrass were still balanced in both flavour and texture. Served with a sweet dipping sauce.
Goat cheese Bruschetta ($12.00) (3pieces) A superb bruschetta! Roasted Mediterranean vegetables topped with pieces of subtly flavoured goat cheese and finished with a wonderful sundried tomato pesto. For such a small dish, the flavours married together perfectly. A must try!
These are just 5 of the 8 tapas – “Something to Share” on Monsoons menu. Congratulations to head chef Mark Wixted, who by the way is Irish NOT Italian!
RESTAURANT NAME: MONSOONS
ADDRESS: 46 MITCHELL STREET DARWIN CITY
PHONE: 8941 7171
STLYE/CUISINE: MODERN AUSTRALIAN
LICENCE: FULLY LICENCED
VERY WELCOMING, FRIENDLY, CASUAL
HOUSE SPECIALTIES: DAILY SPECIALS
VEGETARIAN OPTIONS: AS ON MENU
- TAPAS: $8.00 – $12.00
- PIZZA: $14.50 – $19.00
- MAINS: $16.50 – $30.00
- DESSERTS: $8.00
- LUNCH MIDDAY – 3:00PM
- DINNER 6:00PM -10.00PM
- PIZZAS MIDDAY – 10.00PM
- OPEN 7 DAYS 10.00AM – 4.00 AM
CREDIT CARDS: YES
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: YES
PARKING: STREET PARKING
OVERALL RATING: VERY GOOD