For thousands of years the lands that make Kakadu and Arnhem have been used as the hunting and gathering grounds of the Indigenous people. The techniques of hunting and gathering these foods has also been passed down through the generations with the modern custodians teaching visitors not only the traditional way of eating off the land but exploring new opportunities to export these unique flavours around the world.
When visitors come to the Kakadu some staple indigenous foods my come to mind when they explore local food options. Meats comes in a wide variety from the kangaroo, crocodile, buffalo and even magpie geese being on the menu. Kakadu’s flora shouldn’t be left out either with the Kakadu plum, red bush apple, and waterlilies with dozens other edible local plants and animals being available to those brave enough to try. These are our top picks of local foods to try when visiting the Kakadu!
Escarpment Restaurant and Bar
Come and unwind at Escarpment restaurant and bar, located within the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel after a day’s exploring Kakadu. Escarpment offers special dishes promoting the flavour of Kakadu, with tastes of ‘bush tucker’, crocodile, buffalo and kangaroo. A wide range of variety including international dishes, buffet breakfasts, light lunches. Enjoy the food with one of the drinks off the extensive wine and bar menu in air-conditioned comfort or outside with a nice cold drink on the balmy evenings.
Our Executive Chef has created a brand new menu and dining experience, completely transforming Mimi's restaurant. Locally foraged and sourced foods where possible, the menu embodies traditional Indigenous flavours with modern techniques. Located in Cooinda Lodge Kakadu, Mimi's Restaurant is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Open not just to guests but anyone in the area, Mimi's seats up to 60 people and can get very busy during dry season which is the perfect excuse to have a drink beforehand at the licensed bar.
They also do takeaway for those who like to take their meals back to their rooms or campsite.