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Go with the Ebb & Flow

AS TIME GOES on, and we become more aware about the state of our planet, the shift towards sustainable living gains more momentum, with many considering alternative ways of living to reduce our impact on the Earth.

With this in mind, many have adopted the vegan lifestyle, consuming only food that is sourced from plants. But where, oh where, to dine plant-based in Darwin? Introducing Ebb & Flow, Darwin’s new vegan restaurant.

Owner and Manager Di Goitia, who co-owns the restaurant with her Perth-based sister Liz, says they opened their new digs to fill a gap in the market.

“I’d always wanted to work for myself, and have worked in hospitality for about 15 years. After I went vegan, I had this dream of opening a restaurant or a café,” she says.

“Last year, I realised that Darwin didn’t really have anything vegan. Being a plant-based person myself I knew there was a market for it. Every other city has several choices – an abundance of choices, actually. As soon as I saw the venue, it felt right – the name Ebb & Flow evolved from finding the right place.”

Take a stroll along the wooden deck on Cullen Bay and you may be tempted – vegan or not – by the chilled out Bali vibes emanating from Darwin’s only vegan restaurant.

As relaxing island beats play in the background, it’s easy to kick back and while away the hours on one of the handcrafted, whitewashed sun lounge booths.

Tuck into plant-based dishes – such as the beetroot and walnut burger, to-fish and chips or creamy mushroom garlic linguini – that will satisfy the plant-based and non-plant-based among us.

“People are willing to try new things and that’s what I’m super-excited about. I don’t like to ask people if they are vegan, but everyone’s very welcome to come in and try some plant-based food,” Di says.

The drinks list has also been thoughtfully curated, with wine, beer and spirits from vegan-certified businesses. Live music gigs occur on the regular, and other exciting things on offer (ahem, picnic platters!) make Ebb & Flow a very welcome addition to the Top End foodie scene.

Di and Liz’s perseverance in uncertain times has resulted in a new restaurant and bar by the bay that can be enjoyed by all.

“We often don’t pursue things because of fear – it almost stopped me from doing what I truly wanted to do. And even though COVID happened this year, I knew it was now or never,” Di says.

“To me, it’s more than just a restaurant. I love seeing people coming in and trying new things, and enjoying what we’ve created!”

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