Whether you're desperate for some morning coffee or a way to close out a productive day with a drink, these are the best business dining venues in Australia's northern capital.
Coffee pit stop
Laneway Specialty Coffee
The vibe is hip, the energy high and the Campos coffee excellent. There may be a queue at Laneway but it generally moves fast. If you have time to sit down and eat, the Mushroom Orgy or the bacon-and-egg roll with multiple layers of smoked belly bacon and two fried eggs will set you up for the day.
4/1 Vickers Street, Parap
It’s sweet indeed to find a centrally located venue with tables well spaced for privacy and delicious, inventive food. Whether your business associates fancy burgers or goody-two-shoes granola, Sweet Brew & Co. has it covered. You may be tempted instead by the chilli scrambled eggs with crab (or haloumi) or the Coco Bowl of chocolate panna cotta, fruit, puffed corn and rice. Drinks run the gamut from Campos coffee to tea, smoothies and fresh juices. The croissants, cronuts and pastries are made in-house.
45 Stuart Highway, Stuart Park; (08) 7978 8638
This buzzy venue has spots at the bar and tables inside and outside under ceiling fans. The passing parade means a lone diner won’t necessarily feel compelled to hunker over a screen. Inspired by Vietnam, with a nod to a few other Asian nations, the menu has dishes for every appetite, whether it’s a couple of small plates – maybe spicy flash-fried squid, Peking pork pancakes or sugarcane prawns – or a meal in a bowl in the form of laksa or pho. Drinks include imported beers, fun cocktails, drinking coconuts and Vietnamese coffee.
Shops D1 and D2, 19 Kitchener Drive, Darwin
Wharf One Food & Wine
Book a table inside to stay cool or enjoy a sultry Darwin evening outside near the water. Either way, the food seems just right for this setting. The focus is on local produce, mostly raw, cured or grilled. That means dishes such as local barramundi and coconut ceviche with mango and chilli salsa; grilled Angus beef Asian salad; and pumpkin with flat mushroom, crumbled fetta, chilli and lemon. Steaks, lamb chops and pot roasts cater for less-adventurous diners.
Building 3, 19 Kitchener Drive, Darwin
Drinks with clients
Stone House Wine Bar & Kitchen
Housed in a relic of old Chinatown, this bar has a cosy interior and a lovely garden. Even better, it offers a huge range of globally sourced wines (from Portuguese touriga franca to Argentine malbec), charming service and a kitchen pumping out wine-friendly platters.
33 Cavenagh Street, Darwin
Top image: Stone House Wine Bar & Kitchen