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Essence Restaurant

1 Henry Wrigley Drive | Marrara, Darwin, Northern Territory 0812, Australia
+61 8 8920 3333
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Overview
  • Excellent11%
  • Very good29%
  • Average35%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible11%
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Open Now
05:30 - 21:30All hours
CUISINES
Australian, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
1 Henry Wrigley Drive | Marrara, Darwin, Northern Territory 0812, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Part of the Mercure Resort ( near the airport0 & really it offers little reason to dine here other than convenience for house guests Standard buffet breakfast that you would expect from say a 3 star hotel & at $28 is very expensive

Thank Darrel J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Restaurant was a little tired, desperately needed refurbishment. Outdoor, or a/c indoor seating. Noisy kids pool if outside. A massive number of drinkers was supporting this establishment. Busy bar scene, mainly men. Service was backpacker friendly, adequate rather than outstanding. The NT goat curry was...More

Thank Sydntooli
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

We went for dinner. The main meals were moderately priced but average in flavour. The kids meals were fine and cheap. Considering a steak was around $40 it was a shame the wine list was so poor. There were only cheap reds available as the...More

Thank Joanne B
Reviewed 13 July 2017

We found the food good - the chicken was tender with a tasty sauce which did not overwhelm it. The portions of meat were rather more generous than we expected, and the portions of vegetables smaller, though ordering a side dish balanced this out nicely....More

Thank QuietlyRetired
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2017

Dear QuietlyRetired, Thank you so Much for the great review i was pleased to read you enjoyed your experience in Essence and we look forward to welcoming you to the Top End again soon. Regards, Nathan H Food and Beverage Manager

Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Essence has just launched a new menu. We had an assortment of entrees. Oysters, salads, dampers and calamari. All sensational. Mains - this place is a hidden secret for grilled meat in darwin. Steak is sensational. Great ribs and chicken. Try the new desserts and...More

Thank Owen1174
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2017

Dear Owen1174, Thanks for the great Review! We hope you enjoyed your dinning experience at Essence and we look forward to welcoming you back real soon. Regards, Nathan H Food and Beverage Manager

Reviewed 24 June 2017

Found the restaurant quite pleasant. Breakfast was ok but only 2 choices $28 hot or $20 cold.( as there was no room service, there was no other choice) Any other meals we had were very nice and a reasonable size. Not a big range to...More

Thank Linda T
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2017

Hello Linda T, Thanks for the review we are currently looking at what we can offer at Breakfast to improve the offering. That is correct Linda we launched a new menu a weeks ago and hopefully you will be back to try it. Thanks again...More

Reviewed 21 June 2017

I remembered Essence where buffet breakfast at Mercure Darwin Airport Resort is served where I stayed. . . the food is good and filling, staff are courteous and friendly.. and some of them are Filipinos!. . . we regularly had our meals at Essence -...More

Thank Efren C
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2017

Dear Efren, Thanks for the great review and we hope to welcome you back to the Mercure and Essence real soon. regards, Nathan H Food and Beverage Manager

Reviewed 11 June 2017

I ordered the curry, described as a trio - 2 curries and a rice. I asked for vegetables instead of rice which they seemed happy to comply with. Meals for all were slow in coming. My vegetables were hard, including aubergine, and sauce in the...More

Thank Lorna M
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2017

Dear Lorna M, Thanks so much for this great feedback Lorna! I do apologies that your meals did not live up to your expectations i have passed this feedback onto the kitchen team. we have recently updated our menu and changed our offerings! In regards...More

Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

After a long wait in a very cluttered entry/exit to the dining room, we finally seated ourselves. After ordering our meal there was yet another long wait for our meal. Unfortunately both meals were cold, only plus was at least steak was cooked to order....More

Thank Jayal_11
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2017

Dear Jayal_11, Thanks for taking the time to write a review in regards to Essence. I have shared your feedback with the team and this is not the kind of service we provide at Essence and i do apologies that you received this service. Next...More

Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Myself and a bunch of colleges stayed here with work during April- May. During my stay collectively we had the fish and chips, steak burger, steak and chips, beef burger, pizza and both 300G scotch fillet and 500G Rib eye. All which were pretty terrible...More

Thank Lachlan E
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2017

Dear Lachlan E, Thanks for taking the time to share your experience at Essence. I Have shared your feedback with the leadership team in Essence and i do apologies that your experience was not up to standard. I do hope you come back and give...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Australian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings
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
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Description
10 mins from Darwin Airport
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