Article by John Rozentals via his OzBabyBoomers website
..Sandra and I are headed for dinner to Char, one of Darwin’s most highly rated restaurants, but first we have to grab a Chinese takeaway
for Betty. On a Monday night it proves mission impossible and we have to make do a couple of substitutes from the supermarket.
Bad luck for Betty, but we encounter no problems at Char, which is owned by John Kilroy, also proprietor of Brisbane’s Cha Cha Char and
Jellyfish. The latter fared badly during the recent floods and while waiting for things to dry out, Kilroy brought the renowned Jellyfish seafood
team to Darwin and added a page of surf to Char’s already renowned turf.
The result is an expansive, versatile menu and sublime food, backed by a great venue in Darwin’s old Admiralty House and extremely
professional staff. We enjoyed some wonderful food ... a tian of tiger prawns, crab remoulade, avocado, lemon; chilli salt squid, peppered
watermelon, rice wine; whole baby barramundi, crispy fried, soy and spring onion dressing; aged eye fillet, potato puree, pea and broadbeans,
crispy prosciutto, horseradish cream; confit chilli-spiced pineapple ginger crumble, star-anise icecream; and a selection of cheeses.
All spectacularly interrupted by another drenching 30-minute Darwin downpour heavy enough to short the exterior lights threaded among the
ancient fig trees. Luckily, we were inside and the episode well and truly over by the time we’d finished eating.
©John Rozentals 2011