OVEN-BAKED WILD-CAUGHT NT SALTWATER BARRAMUNDI, PEE WEE'S
Local barramundi never fails to impress and this dish crusted in macadamia, herb and lemon myrtle gives this delicious fish an amazing taste. Since moving to Darwin, Pee Wee's has become our place to go for a special night out.
KUTJERA AND ANISEED MYRTLE FETA DAMPER, ABORIGINAL BUSH TRADERS
Aboriginal Bush Traders has created an incredible damper with bush tomatoes and native aniseed myrtle complete with a side of bush tomato relish. This picturesque Esplanade cottage offers visitors authentic Aboriginal art and culture experiences and is highly recommended if you want to sample the best in local bush tucker.
LOCAL MANGOES, RAPID CREEK MARKETS
The Top End is known for its succulent mangoes which are served fresh and cut to perfection every Sunday at Rapid Creek Markets, Darwin's oldest market, 20 minutes north of the city. These mangoes are exceptionally juicy, can be eaten on the spot or taken away to create smoothies or a special dish.
DARWIN'S HANUMAN OYSTERS, HANUMAN
This signature dish of oven-baked oysters with vivid tastes of lemongrass, sweet basil and fresh coriander should be on every diner's list when visiting Jimmy Shu's hugely successful pan-Asian eatery. Operating for over 25 years, Hanuman's secret is purchasing the freshest local ingredients.
DUCK AND LOTUS ROOT, LAZY SUSAN'S EATING HOUSE
Roasted duck with pickled lotus root and shredded cabbage is a sensational combination in a relaxed and ambient setting, with a magnificent range of whiskeys to sample.
KEN'S CREPES, MINDIL BEACH SUNSET MARKET
Anthony McCallum's sweet and savoury crepes are a must-try at Darwin's Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and Nightcliff Foreshore. I've sampled many but my two favourites are only available on Wednesday nights at Nightcliff – mango with local passionfruit curd, crust macadamia and lime juice, and rosewater syrup with pistachio, mint and pomegranate molasses.
COFFEE, CAFE DEL ART
Cafe Del Art is the place for coffee, with its single-origin organic Brazilian beans roasted specially to suit Darwin's weather conditions. Tucked in a corner of a busy street and breezy city laneway, it's the perfect spot to relax with an impeccable coffee and watch the passers-by. (24 Mitchell Street)
Known for its authentic Korean dishes (crocodile kimchi jigae being one – a mix of Korean and Northern Territory produce) and listed as one of Australia's hottest new restaurants by The Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food Guide in 2015, Little Miss Korea follows Chung's success in Adelaide with his award-winning restaurant Mapo. See littlemisskorea.com