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Moorish Café is adorned with exotic aromas, local artistry, banquette seating and a new modern look with exquisite tables and comfy chairs to truly savour the ambience. Darwin's ten-time Gold Plate Awards winner is also playing with more vivacious flavours from Spain and North Africa. The fascinating menu, features fresh local ingredients, hosts over 30 different tapas with edgy additions like the Grilled sumac spiced NT barramundi with bloodless bloody Mary and the King Salmon and Sichuan pepper pâté with fennel confit. To compliment a drop from the acclaimed cellar of older vintages try the Baharat spiced kangaroo fillet with pickled beetroot, smoked chat potatoes and goat cheese sauce, grilled
USD 12 - USD 42
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Moroccan, Mediterranean, Spanish
Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great menu, service & food. The tapas menu was great….baked feta, scallops, halloumi all delicious. Nice wine & chilli chocolate pudding perfect finish to the meal

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Classy yet amazing cafe restaurant in Darwin city. Booking is a must as it’s quite popular and the sharing tapas plates are very tasty. Staff were very nice and helpful.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly service and very good food. We originally had a booking at 6pm, they could only fit us in seated at the bar. At 5pm we dropped into the restaurant and asked if we could dine then. They were happy to seat us on the...proviso that we would vacate the table by 6.30pm. The 2 of us enjoyed 3 tapas: NT Jewish in coconut and line, marinated eggplant and kangaroo with tomato jam. We then had Spanish mackerel and fennel fishcakes. We tossed up whether to have dessert but decided on another racione of lamb mince, hummus and flat bread. To drink we had Sangria which was the only disappointing item of the night. Highlights were the eggplant and lamb mince dishes. Service was friendly and prompt and we were finished by 6.15pm, the restaurant was starting to get busy by this time and we left happy and well fed.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great Food! I had the lamb mince, the mrs had chicken tzaki which were both a1. Was interested in the beef tongue but the mrs (handbrake) put a stop to that.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stumbled upon this restaurant while exploring Darwin. Had an awesome tagine and a side of truffle mac and cheese for lunch. Outstanding food quality and the service was good. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 8 May 2021 via mobile

The service staff were exceptional from when we entered. They were very helpful in selecting gluten free options and the 6 tapas we shared were all excellent. Highly recommend

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 2 May 2021

Every mouthful was a delectable delight ... seriously, how can roast pumpkin taste sooooo delicious?! We ordered nine plates of tapas and a dessert to share, which was sufficient for two hungry diners. I ate food I don't normally eat (eggplant, bone marrow!) and loved...everything. Service was great. It was a busy night but we didn't have to wait long for our meals. Would definitely go back next time in Darwin.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 2 May 2021 via mobile

First time visit to this restaurant. Friendly warm and welcoming maître d, (Matthew), helpful and informative staff, Great ambience and atmosphere. Delicious range and variety of food and taste sensations, tapas, mains, desserts. Good value for money. Thoroughly recommend, and will definitely be going back,...next time am in Darwin.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 23 April 2021 via mobile

Food was really nice but the service was poor. 3 people dining, two had finished all our tapas meals and the third person had not received any food. Asked multiple times where his food was and was firstly dismissed then told ‘you putting to much...pressure on us’. Later told the meal had been given accidental to another table. In the end we cancelled the last meal. Then there was an argument with the manager who insisted we pay for a meal. He referred to a line on the menu that states meal will be bought out separately. I stood my ground and he removed it from the bill after discuss of police intervention. The good food doesn’t over ride the poor service.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Marc W, Owner at Moorish Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2021

Truth. You were aggressive and swore at staff. The F word is totally unacceptable. Just because you are the customer does not give you the right to intimidate, bully and belittle. The restaurant was flat out, on a Thursday night - few bookings mostly walk...More

Reviewed 12 April 2021

The food itself was quite nice but the service was terrible. They told us when we ordered that the food would come out when it was ready but we thought that would mean a few dishes would come out then the rest together. We ordered...5 tapas dishes to begin with and the first came out straight away then one every 15-20 minutes! Normally we order 5 tapas dishes to eat at once then a few more every so often, this the normal way to eat tapas. Over an hour just to get the first 5 dishes is so ridiculous that we left and won't be going there again which is a pity as the food itself was a bit expensive but deliciousMore

Date of visit: April 2021
Marc W, Owner at Moorish Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2021

Please see our response above to your dining companion. Respectful interactions with service staff, without bullying and foul language is key to resolving miscommunication. It is a shame that it came to this. Again, we wish no ill will. All the very best.v

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Response from chiaramaqueda | Reviewed this property |
There is no separate cocktail bar, and the general rule for restaurants in the Northern Territory is that drinks only available with meals
10 January 2019|
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Response from Marc W | Property representative |
Moorish does not offer a printed kid's menu as such, but we do have grilled wild caught barramundi with shoestring fries and garden salad or calamari with the shoe string fries and garden salad. All of our food is made in... More
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4