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Ella - Darwin, Darwin, AU-NT

Ella - Darwin

4.7
4.7
111 Reviews
$41 to $100
Sri Lankan
At Ella by Minoli, we nurture curiosity, have no fear in the kitchen, and love pushing the culinary boundary.

We use seasonal local produce, modern cooking techniques, and the deep and rich flavours of Minoli’s Sri Lankan heritage, to bring you flavour packed Sri Lankan food like you’ve never tasted before. Minoli’s insatiable need for travel has enriched her food knowledge and she has no boundaries when it comes to flavour.

Sri Lankan food has Ayuverdic properties and origins, and this perfectly balanced menu will leave you more enriched than when you walked in, guaranteed to keep you wanting more, long after you leave. From your first bite to your last, your tastebuds will come alive, and we welcome you to take this new-age Sri Lankan culinary journey with us.

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2 people

11:30 pm


Booked 28 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Sri Lankan

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    0498 369 021

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Minoli De Silva

What 111 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food is delicious. Roti is amazing. Kiwi curry interesting but divisive. Crispy salmon and chicken curry both winners. Some items are expensive (e.g. 2 king prawns $32 and I’ve had better elsewhere) Wine list is well balanced but not extensive. Only a handful of wines by the glass. Background music is oddly jarring - seems to be more for the entertainment of the staff than to set the scene or enhance the dining experience. Cutlery a bit awkward. Spoon and fork, no knife. Why? It’s also quite cold inside.
  2. KB

    KimB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love your work Minoli! Kiwifruit curry? Come on! (to channel the infamous Jock Z)
  3. R

    Rich

    Tasmania

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    It was a lovely night, good food and wonderful service from Stephen. We were outside which was lovely but above us the air conditioning system did drip into our table and was quite a dark colour, certainly not Ella Restuarant fault but may need to be sorted.
  4. f

    francac

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sensational food. Awesome service. So happy to meet Minoli
  5. JV

    JacobV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent restaurant. Delicious food. Good dining experience
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Food is good. Too crowded and loud environment.
  7. R

    Renn

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. We sat outside and enjoyed the last of the dry season weather. The kiwi fruit curry is a must try (unusual and delicious), and we also really enjoyed the eggplant curry. All the food was excellent. Friendly and efficient service, although a little slow (which is to be expected as it was a busy night). Will be returning!
  8. LM

    LesleyM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Innovative and modern take on Sri Lankan food, captured by flavours and fresh food beyond expectation! Minoli presents and delivers food as we've never experienced. Bookings are essential, but so worth the visit. Just go!!!
  9. DW

    DigitalWizard

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We booked a table for 10 for a family reunion and had the most amazing dining experience. From the moment we sat down to moment we left, we were looked after by friendly knowledgeable staff. The atmosphere was very inviting and the music was at just the right level so we could still talk amongst ourselves. The food, omg, words do not do justice the sensational flavours you will experience from a variety of different dishes on offer. We had a mix of herbivores and carnviors at the table and everyone said they were more than satisfied with the selection of dishes we chose. As I was the one to suggest Ella by Minoli, I have been getting all the kudos from other family members. Do yourself a favour, go, eat, and treat yourself to an unreal dinnner, and I reakon you will be banging on to your friends and family how good it was. Can't wait to go back. Well done to all the staff at Ella's.
  10. JD

    JuanitaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, amazing staff, great atmosphere!! An absolute must-do in Darwin!
  11. SP

    SueP

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food. Betel leaf & salmon unexpected & totally delicious
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about our evening was fabulous. The waitstaff were happy, conscientious and knowledgeable. Our choice of dishes were inventive and tasty, with the perfect balance of flavours. We will definitely return for another delicious, fragrant and different dining experience. Congratulations to our Minoli
  13. JB

    JudyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just had a great dining experience at Ella. It’s location in a laneway makes you feel like you have discovered a hidden gem. I was grateful of it not being too noisy so my friend and I could converse & enjoy the experience. I could work my way through this menu as there were some dishes with a difference. Highly recommend the kiwi fruit in curry sauce & the eggplant. We are visiting Darwin for the Indigenous fashion shows and the Art Fair but we have already booked again at Ella !!!
  14. i

    iloveudarwin

    Northern Territory

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service with a smile. Will be back.
  15. LS

    LyndaS

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is a tiny restaurant down an alley but what Minoli has created is a five star experience without the huge price tag. The food we ordered including a chicken curry with a superb and sublime sauce leaves you wanting to come back again and again. The staff are excellent and non intrusive and extremely knowledable. Overall a great restaurant.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The place looks great. The refurbishment is fabulous. The staff are friendly and move with a purpose. No slacking here. I liked the way that everyone said hello as we walked in. Some constructive feedback: More staff would be good. I know it is challenging to get staff. We received our entrees before our drink order ( which was very simple) . Our mains came out and the dishes from entree had not been cleared. These are only little things that I’m confident will be sorted out over time. I feel the music was good but needed to be turned down just a fraction. With the chatter of patrons and the music it was hard to hear each other. We will be back.
  17. DH

    DeborahH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was amazing. So much flavour we had 11 dishes and shared each one all were incredible. Very unique menu.
  18. RF

    RonF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect balance of spices and class. Great informed service.
  19. PS

    PamS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    4 people had 3 entrees, 2mains , rice & roti. Plenty . Beautiful. Schnapper magnificent . Crispy pumpkin great. Roti best I’ve had. Skip the pork belly
  20. A

    Aiko

    Northern Territory

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Delicious foods, just hoping you can add kids selection. Ambiance is perfect for a date night. Staff are all lovely, specially the french lady 😉
  21. SW

    SanjulaW

    Northern Territory

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I messed up my reservation time and showed up 2 hours early. With the restaurant being so busy they still took us in and served us yummy sri lankan food with a twist 🤩 will definitely come back for more. Thank you!!
  22. S

    Sophie

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic dinner at Ella by Minoli. The food was delicious. I highly recommend the eggplant. The service by Angus was great too. Can’t wait to return!
  23. MS

    MareeS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our dinner was lovely and the service was terrific I would definitely recommend Ella by Minole
  24. F

    Frances

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had a delicious meal at Ella. Angus was an excellent waiter, and his knowledge of the menu meant he could give recommendations for how much to order for three people. It was clear that his suggestions were based on his knowledge of the food, rather than just being told what dish to suggest that evening. He was knowledgable about the wine. Angus was not pushy and left us to enjoy the meal without unnecessary interruptions. It would be great to have water for the table rather than having to ask for refills (especially when eating spicy food). The quality of the food was excellent; as a sharing menu it was perfect for what we wanted. Each dish was delicious and beautifully presented. It was pleasant sitting outside as it meant it wasn't overly noisy. Congratulations to Minoli + team on a great venue.
  25. KT

    KaejennT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service from the moment we arrived we had table water placed. Starter of curry leaf snapper did not disappoint and food was exquisite. Will be coming back with the family for sure.
  26. j

    jillp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Best meal and wine yummy XXX in Darwin . A must for all foodies
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Food nice. But not great. Very expensive. Wine list also ridiculously overpriced. Excellent service from Angus.
  28. CP

    ClaireP

    Brisbane

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was absolutely delicious, however the waitress mentioned we'd probably ordered too much and we were still a bit hungry at the end but didn't have the time to stay while more was cooked up. I'd also say the entrees a very overpriced for what you get. The pricing on mains is fair enough. Overall the food was delicious though
  29. WS

    WandersonS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Please stop making such delicious roti! I can't resist! Send help!
  30. MB

    MattB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Flavour explosion. Blown away with how incredible this meal was! Service was 10/10 and food 1000/10!
  31. DR

    DashR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall1food2service4ambience3
    Being a Sri Lankan living in Darwin for 40+ years, I thought we will visit Ella Darwin. Unfortunately our experience was very poor. We were on a date night, and were seated at a small table for two, with other small tables either side of us, VERY CLOSE. My wife really didnt want to have a conversation as the other tables were SO Close even whispering could be heard. The food was also disappointing. We had Prawns, Eggplant, Devilled Patatoes, Meat Cutlets, Roti, Rice and Pol Sambol. The Devilled Patatoes was anything but deviled, could not taste any spice. The Eggplant was ok, but not what I would call a Sri Lankan taste. The Meat Cutlets were also disappointing - Nothing Sri Lankan about them... The Bill... Hmmm. The only Good thing was the Cocktail! Something called a Medicine... it was Nice!
  32. C

    Coco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sensational food, great vibes and excellent staff.
  33. JC

    JulieC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious flavours of Sri Lanka. Not too hot and spicy.
  34. TH

    TonyH

    Northern Territory

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Good food with subtle flavours . Friendly helpful service. Noise level too high for someone with hearing issues.
  35. SP

    SuzanneP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and atmosphere all fabulous. We made friends with Sri Lankan guests at adjoining table - a bonus.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food, we love Sri Lankan cuisine and Ella didn’t disappoint. Great cocktails too
  37. M

    Marinoswife

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious and servings where good size Loved the ambiance except noise level was a little high
  38. BB

    BettyBird

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Yum. Such a fabulous new restaurant, Minoli and her fantastic staff do an amazing job with the food and the service! So glad you chose Darwin to set up Ella's, it really is outstanding.
  39. T

    Tanya

    Sydney

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Delicious food, interesting flavours, superb outdoor ambiance.
  40. SK

    SarahK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and service was great, had the prawns, snapper, salmon and eggplant. All delicious including mocktails

FAQs

Ella - Darwin is rated 4.7 stars by 111 OpenTable diners.

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Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 pm


Booked 28 times today
Google Map for Ella - Darwin

12 West Lane, Unit 20, Darwin, AU-NT 0800

Additional information

  • Area

    Darwin City

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Sri Lankan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Minoli De Silva

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Wine

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