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“Not value for money”
Review of Essence Restaurant

Essence Restaurant
Ranked #266 of 403 Restaurants in Darwin
Cuisines: Australian
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: 10 mins from Darwin Airport
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Unfortunately this restaurant has simply gone down hill. We decided to go to Essence after the original restaurant we booked had to close for the night due to unforeseen circumstances. We should have stayed home. The staff there are very pleasant there is just not enough of them. Service was slow and when entrees did come out the kitchen forgot one of them. We tried unsuccessfully to attract someone's attention to let them know after waiting 10 mins. Eventually we had to get up and go looking for the other entree. The missing entree arrived 20mins after the rest of us had finished. We had also ordered wine and beer. The wine arrived but no beer, we had to ask 3 times. It is very pricey for what you get at this restaurant. Scotch fillet with 2 boiled potatoes and red wine sauce will set you back $38, any sides you want with it will be another $10 per side.the steak I had was nice but nothing to write home about. My friend had the half chicken and once again just an ok meal. The stars would be our husbands who chose the pizzas which were very nice.
This is a restaurant attached to The Rydges Airport Resort and the prices reflect that. We don't mind paying for good quality and good service,unfortunately we did not get either of those.
Also when we went to leave we ordered a taxi from the front desk. Some guests of the hotel ordered a taxi after us but they were giving the taxis to the guests first. Eventually we had to call our own taxi to get home. Not a good look for this hotel. I hope they pick up their service as we have a conference over a weekend in June with a large Gala Dinner there.

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4  Thank lina09112016
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Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

Stayed in the hotel for 5 days for a work conference an ate at the restaurant every morning for breakfast and twice for dinner. The food was expensive but that's to be expected in a hotel restaurant. Service was friendly and quality was consistently good. Breakfast was your standard buffet with option for cooked eggs to your liking. I had the seafood linguine on my last night here and it was yum. I wouldn't go out of my way to dine here but worthwhile if staying in the hotel.

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Thank austraveldr
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

Good food, quick & professional service. Lovely gardens surround with the sound of the pool waterfall in the background. Dinner was excellent, desert was good. Fairly busy but waitresses very efficient. Highly recommended!

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Thank Krystal B
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Reviewed July 23, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at the hotel on our way home from the Kimberly. The dinner was very disappointing. The food was not good, the wait for our food was way too long & it was very difficult to get the bill & pay.

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1  Thank CallySydney
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

Food was good and convenient as we had just arrived in Darwin. However there are nicer places to eat at a lower cost.

Thank Rajesh K
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