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Ella - Darwin, Darwin, AU-NT

Ella - Darwin

4.6
4.6
265 Reviews
$A41 to $A100
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

7:00 p.m.


Booked 18 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 265 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. JP

    JoyP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My dining partner made the comment that for a sri Lankan restaurant there was lack of curry dishes he also said the wine list was too extensive
  2. JP

    JasonP

    Tokyo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic. My second time there and the food was brilliant. The eggplant dish was extraordinary
  3. SC

    SummerC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There is consistency with Ella by Minoli. Always good food and good service. I have dined here many times but never, ever been disappointed!
  4. T

    Tanya

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food, service and atmosphere in Darwin. Small menu with good selection of dishes.
  5. T

    Tails

    Northern Territ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely evening. Snapper was a little chewy for entree
  6. D

    Dazza

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was good, food outstanding, great value for money.
  7. MP

    MeganP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We loved our experience at Ella, food was amazing, service was fantastic! Will definitely be back.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern Territ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wonderful as always. Beautiful food and flavours. Unfortunately prices have now increased so much, which was not reflected on their online menu, that our visits won’t be as frequent anymore.
  9. AH

    AmyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ella’s was a beautiful restaurant with amazing food! It was recommended by a friend and would 100% recommend.
  10. TS

    TroyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food, attentative enthusiasic service without hovering or pestering. Overall an excellent night out, will definitely be bringing friends back.
  11. E

    Ellie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, can’t wait to try the new menu in the new year!
  12. AL

    AvenalL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant atmosphere, great service and the food was delicious. We will be back.
  13. H

    Hungry

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Yummy food and nice venue. In the past the service has been at a higher level but still a nice dinner experience.
  14. P

    Post4sue

    Northern Territ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First, visit with visiting friends. A nice bustling ambience sitting next to the kitchen hatch, not intrusive except for the bright servery light I was facing. We asked to taste a Rose wine before deciding on our wine to share and were promptly given a taste, which we all liked. As small eaters, we decided to get some items to share. We settled for two specials of the day, Chicken 65 and Egg Roti, accompanied by eggplant and small, steamed rice. Our server suggested it may be too small a meal for 3 to share, but the quantity worked out perfectly. We enjoyed all but the egg roti, which was light and flaky, but we didn't much care for the egg in it. Our choices were mildly spiced for my taste buds, but my companions thought it was spicy enough. Unfortunately, 2 of our group pulled out at the last minute as one guest has an intolerance to chilli, garlic and pepper, and there were only very limited bland/mild options available, although the restaurant assured us, they would work to cater for her needs. The 3 of us enjoyed our experience, and I look forward to trying other dishes another time.
  15. SB

    SusanB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. However a bit on the pricey side
  16. SO

    SarahO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best food I've had in years. Amazing.
  17. K

    Kimberley

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was phenomenal; best dinner in Darwin! The drinks were also delicious! Highly recommend!!
  18. C

    Chunwah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambience. The specials were the stand outs (goat and chicken 69). Extensive wine list and incredible cocktails.
  19. DA

    DavidA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Lovely food, would be nice if serves were slightly bigger
  20. IS

    IreneS

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Food was all a bit over cooked. The roti which we ordered to mop up sauces was dry and brittle. I should have complained at the time but we had waited nearly an hour before being served so we were very hungry. The white bait was also “over” deep fried but had a nice taste. Salmon also a bit dry and overcooked. Perhaps just an off day or we were expecting too much. Not a bad experience but disappointing.
  21. MH

    MonicaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food served by lovely, friendly staff. We had to wait a little while for all our drinks but they were served with a smile. We had a booking for 5 people and were lucky to sit in ‘The Green Room’ so it was like being I. Our own personal restaurant. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.
  22. CB

    CraigB

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Being somewhat hidden away in the alleyways of Darwin, you feel like you've stumbled on a hidden oasis of amazing food, delicious cocktails and superb friendly service..Cannot recommend Ella by Minolta enough!
  23. GD

    GabrielleD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The team went above and beyond to make sure we were looked after. Hannah was especially amazing. I loved the personal touch learning all the stories about Ella and the descriptions of the food. The staff were super friendly and I loved the Tikki Elephant cups. And the food was heavenly!!! Already told my office it's a must to visit. Well done everyone had a phenomenal night.
  24. C

    Chloe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and atmosphere! Cant wait to go again :)
  25. RT

    RTRGG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved every single meal. Service was outstanding. Awesome venue. I will definitely be recommending and going back for another amazing evening out! Thank you to the Ella by Minoli Team.
  26. AC

    AndyC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Overall we were a bit underwhelmed by our experience at Ella; especially given the reviews we'd had prior to attending. Our first course of curry leaf cuts snapper (divine) was unfortunately offset by our king prawns (sauce was amazing, prawns terribly overcooked). We followed with the eggplant moju (yummy) & the special of the night chicken dish (I think the dish was salt with chicken added - pretty poor really). We unfortunately had a very noisy table near us, which hurt the ambience a little, but defs not your fault. Service was OK, but not really sure that it was 'elevated'. Overall, I'm a bit sad to say we were disappointed by our visit. Hopefully it was just an aberration.
  27. SM

    SueM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    There was beautiful food. Very subtle and tasty and definitely unique ingredients and combinations. It was just a lovely night to celebrate my birthday. Thanks
  28. v

    victorh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food came out fast and tasted delicious
  29. PB

    PattyB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice area if you keep indiginous from door way. Wirth a visit
  30. M

    Mollie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Honestly by far the best food I’ve ever eaten, can’t fault
  31. ES

    EmmaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was excellent. The staff are amazing. Where do you get staff this good these days??
  32. BB

    BjornB

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing flavours, and new combinations of spices.
  33. JP

    JoshuaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Beautiful food that is really suited to sharing with your friends.
  34. DD

    DeniseD

    Northern Territ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed Ella's. The flavours and food were amazing. The roti looks spectacular and tastes great. However it does really annoy me when you are encouraged to share the food and the starters plates we ordered came out with 3 pieces and there was 4 of us!! Maybe this needs to be put on the menu. I definitely think it worth the experience and great to have a restaurant like this but it doesn't have a wow factor that makes me want to go back.
  35. AC

    AliC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food The sauces were to die for Excellent service
  36. GN

    GabrielleN

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Our table was still occupied on arrival , but FOH was obliging & kept communication up . Was seated 15 mins late . Our designated waiter was obviously very tired , not helpful, bordering on rude . He either needs more training , or a good sleep . The food was sensational, & other wait staff lovely . Just a shame that this one person can taint the whole experience… quite an eye opener for me . I hope he can recognise where he needs to improve . FOH kindly farewelled us . Totally recommend the food .
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Angus service was fantastic . He was completely knowledgeable and friendly and loved his attention to decluttering our table as we dined. We also met the other British manager who was also great to talk to . We loved the flavours and the best rotis we have ever had ! We will be back !
  38. Y

    Yanni

    Adelaide

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This meal was incredible. My favourite was the eggplant curry, so delicious!
  39. JD

    JosD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal I've had for a while. Everything so tasty. Pumpkin starter divine. Service v good. A little noisy at times but otherwise a great restaurant. Glad to have this option in Darwin. The host took us on a tour and showed us the Green Room. Staff friendly.
  40. ES

    EmilyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing! Loved every minute, food was incredible, service was great. 10/10

FAQs

Ella - Darwin is rated 4.6 stars by 265 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 18 times today
Google Map for Ella - Darwin

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

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    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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