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Ella - Darwin, Darwin, AU-NT

Ella - Darwin

4.9
4.9
40 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 1 time 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 40 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

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  1. SH

    SamanthaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent new restaurant. Food was amazing, service great. A little loud.
  2. SC

    SC27

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Could not recommend more. Every single dish was phenomenal.
  3. AL

    AvocadoLover

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t say anything other than absolutely amazing!! The food is spectacular and so is the service. Restaurant is beautiful. I’m already excited for next time!
  4. MR

    MoniqueR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food amazing. Couldn't ask for more. Great dining experience. Also noticed staff had a great team culture and looked like a happy place to work in. Will definitely be back.
  5. KJ

    KarenJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Better than expected, amazing food and fantastic service
  6. SS

    SimonS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    food was great, music was too loud, the 2 hour limit on dining is a real downer as you feel pressured to eat and leave and not to enjoy the experience of dining out
  7. C

    Corey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Multicultural Fine dining finally has made it too Darwin
  8. MD

    MareeD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place tucked away in a lane way but right in cbd. Loved the roti vegetable dish and brownie and ice cream but lots of sharing plates at great prices. All cooked to perfection and the atmosphere was vibrant and filled with mostly young people but we still felt at home being an older couple. Highly recommend but book ahead.
  9. PE

    PamE

    Gold Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing flavors Extensive menu Will definitely come back
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience, the service and wait staff were all fantastic. Very friendly and genuine! Cocktails were a spin on some classics which I loved! Food was out of this world good! Intimate, moody dining, with enough space that it didn’t feel crowded. I will definitely be back to try more of the menu. Minoli and the team have done a fantastic job of bringing Sri Lanka to Darwin. 10/10 experience. Note: Kiwi fruit curry is a must have! 🥝
  11. JM

    JoMuzz

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Delicious food in a vibrant new Darwin restaurant. Pork belly in a curry sauce was outstanding, snapper in a creamy dish with cumin and curry leaves gorgeous, accompanied by big flaky roti bread. Pizzini prosecco to start followed by Alphabox and dice Chardonnay with lychee notes were delightful. Can't wait to return.
  12. MH

    MichaelH

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Food was good… menu is a little limited. Staff were great .. we had a minor hiccough but it was addressed by the front of house manager.
  13. F

    Foody

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    signature entree was sublime. thrilled to have a masterchef experience in Darwin.
  14. DJ

    DocJJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food in Darwin, Best experience in Darwin! A must!
  15. K

    Kate

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful food, amazing service, and a late last minute booking. Darwin's best restaurant.
  16. WZ

    WillZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There were some Cocktails which came in cute little elephant cups. All drinks should come in this!!!! This is the new Too restaurant in Darwin - perfect for the most special of occasions. Well done!
  17. BD

    BrittanyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and the food was incredible! We loved every dish and will certainly be returning to try those we didn't have this time. The kiwifruit curry is a must try!
  18. NP

    NandiniP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The eggplant moju, prawns (entree) and dhal were delicious! Good recommendations by staff and good ambience! The only negative was our water was not topped up. Will be back to try more of the menu soon!
  19. TH

    TrishaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful food, wine and dining experience. Such a creative food and wine menu. A special thank you to Paul and Mary for making it such a lovely evening. A great addition to Darwin's culinary scene and cannot wait to go back.
  20. KE

    KateE

    Tasmania

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Ella by Minoli was amazing! We were so excited that it was open for our holiday to Darwin from Tasmania. It exceeded already high expectations!
  21. A

    Ashlee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best dining experience I have had in the NT. Exceptional in every aspect.
  22. AH

    AmandaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Absolutely recommend and so pleased to have this new restaurant in Darwin
  23. z

    zoem

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Hello, We went last night to celebrate two birthdays and to celebrate the gorgeous Minoli! The only disappointing thing was dessert; we ordered two serves and by the time they got to us, it was like drinking a milkshake. The ice-cream was so melted and soft. I don't like to criticise usually, but because you've just opened, I think you should know. The rest of our food was truly delicious. With thanks, Zoe (Mathers)
  24. LB

    LibbyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic staff, delicious food and a great atmosphere. Will definitely be back!
  25. P

    Penny

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ella is the best dining experience I have had in Darwin in quite some time. The food is outstanding with fresh and innovative flavors. There is a wide selection of dishes including excellent vegetarian. Highly recommend.
  26. RP

    ReneeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    By far one of the best restaurants in Darwin. The menu was fabulous, especially the starters. It was child friendly and the staff went above and beyond to ensure the experience was high quality. We will definitely be back again.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern Territory

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    What a refreshing Darwin experience. Food, service, ambience were all worth the trek. Will definitely rebook, recommend for groups and couples. Flavours were rich and for once I didn’t need to add salt. Minoli and her team are an asset to the culinary circle in Darwin. Thanks for your everything 🌻
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Have been following Manoli on socials for years so was very excited to experience her cooking first hand & the restaurant just happened to open up when we were up here from Melbourne. It didn’t disappoint at all. The Snapper Entree was a stand out as were the balls. Main eggplant curry was silky & smooth followed by a lighter pork belly curry. Would definitely recommend Ella. Staff were very good & professional. It had only been open for 3 days & while we dined there we no hiccups which was great.
  29. DB

    DeanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Minoli, we've been waiting and hoping you'd open a restaurant here in Darwin from your first season and it absolutley did not dissapoint. We couldn't tell you which dish we preferred because they were all perfectly balanced, full of flavour and just divine. Thankyou for taking a few moments to say hello through the kitchen on our way out. We've already rebooked for our anniversary in a few weeks. See you then!
  30. JB

    JoanneB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our first dinner at Ella. Everything was perfect. We will be back again.
  31. R

    Rach6275

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    PERFECTION in every way. The flavour sensation from the beautifully presented good was heaven certainly like nothing I've ever experienced before. The service was outstanding, welcoming, friendly, professional everyone must go and support Minoli and her dream as you will not be disappointed. Thank you for an amazing night Ella by Minoli and staff.
  32. TM

    TMSJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such beautiful flavours with every dish. Loved the cured snapper and eggplant curry
  33. ML

    MeiLiC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional Sri Lankan Food! Loved every bit! Well done Minoli.
  34. JB

    JennyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting modern Sri Lankan food. Everything was full of flavour
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Truly awesome dining experience. Each dish we enjoyed had its own personality and distinct flavours, balanced to perfection, as Asian cuisine should be. Every dish was a winner, full of flavour and featuring local produce. The staff were friendly and ambience was good. Easily the best meal we have had in Darwin.
  36. LS

    LiamS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, decor and value for money. Great atmosphere within the restaurant supported by positive vibes from the staff.
  37. DS

    DarrylS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went on Ella's second night of business because we couldn't get in on opening night. Absolutely could not fault a thing. The food was absolutely fantastic. My mouth is watering just thinking about it as I write this review (drool). Forget anything you've ever thought about Sri Lankan cuisine - this was next level. The unique combination of herbs and spices in each dish was nothing less than deliciously exquisite. Highly recommend the Cutliss Balls and Pickled Snapper with fried curry leaves for starters. Yum! The wine list while not overly extensive matches the cuisine perfectly. And they make great mocktails. The service was wonderful and the staff very friendly. Manoli is a work horse as she never left the kitchen all night. We've just found our new favourite restaurant and will be back again...… and again...... and again.
  38. JC

    JenC

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Congratulations Minoli amazing food Kiwifruit curry yum 😋
  39. YM

    YogiM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food 🥘 Great Drinks 🍹 Awesome vibe Good venue everything perfect Awesome staff
  40. RC

    RhiannonC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Went on opening night! Food was delish!! Would highly reccomend

FAQs

Ella - Darwin is rated 4.9 stars by 40 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 pm


Booked 1 time 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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