PM Eat & Drink, Darwin – service doesn’t meet the quality food

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I think there is only one LGBT bar in Darwin, right opposite the Rydges Darwin Central hotel and there was a large friendly road crossing painted in rainbow colours to welcome all crossers!


I was on my way to the nearest 4.5/5 or higher restaurant within a km of the hotel (and recommended by a friend of a friend) – PM Eat & Drink.

There was barely a sinner inside, though the AC was so impressively icy I wished I had taken a sweater! There was one table occupied by a manager and another occupied by two men on a inconceivably wide manspreading ‘drink the afternoon away’ ‘moan about the world’ outing.

I was seated beside them in an otherwise empty restaurant. Thanks!


Lunch options were still available although it was close to 2pm by the time I made it there.  I noticed the prices were much, much lower than anywhere I had been heretofore. I toyed with the idea of steak frites but veered towards grilled fish.


A glass of white wine showed up quickly enough, but I waited more than 30 minutes for lunch to show up (remember there was nobody else in the entire place).  I was concerned when I smelled some burning and plates and pots crashing from the kitchen.  A gentle enquiry revealed that tonight’s balsamic and tomato concasse had caught and the pan spoiled.


The plate arrived eventually with a delicious side salad and a delicious lemon and olive oil dressing.  Chips were crisp and fresh.  Upon enquiry, I struggled with the pronunciation of the type of fish – which turned out to be Jewfish.  When I searched for this online, I discovered that it was an endangered species, so I can only imagine it wasn’t that, or that I’m guilty of planetary damage.


This does look like a nice place and I imagine it has a nicer atmosphere in the evening when there are other people there.


Getting the bill was a real issue and I stayed at my table as long as was reasonable – it appeared the waitress was making a personal phonecall.  After I waited near the till for a full 5 minutes, hoping for another colleague to spring forward, she asked the person she was having a chat with to hold and berated me for not waiting at my table, saying that she would be on for a further 30 minutes. What? Really? Well, PM needs to sort its staff and process out!


I'm Patrick, your Irish guide to the skies and beyond. With 58 countries visited, my journeys have taken me from busy economy to fabulous first-class.

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