We spent the morning on Adelaide River watching crocodiles jump out of the water so by the time we were heading back to Darwin, we were famished. Someone in the group had the great idea to stop into the Humpty Doo Hotel for lunch.
This historic pub has a real rustic feel with the concrete floor and bull horns mounted on the wall behind the bar. There is even a framed newspaper clipping of the article about Norman the Beer Drinking Brahman Bull. The Humpty Doo Hotel also boasts about being the only drive-thru bottle shop on the Arnhem Highway.
We sussed out the menu – plenty of kangaroo, buffalo and crocodile on offer. Dave went with the barramundi fish and chips while Juz couldn’t resist the trio of mini burgers. While we waited for our food to come out, we had a few games of pool.
Dave’s fish dish looked delish! Two pieces of battered barramundi that were juicy and tender, with a pile of tasty chips and some lemon for seasoning. It was super filling and everything was delicious.
Juz’s trio of burgers were so cute – one was buffalo, one was crocodile and the other was barra. Working her way from the mildest flavour to the most robust, the barra burger was juicy and delicious, the crocodile burger was ok but the patty was so salty and spiced that the true flavour of the crocodile was masked. The buffalo burger was very similar to a beef burger. The buns for all three burgers were super soft and included lettuce and tomato, with a cup of beer battered chips on the side. Juz went to the condiments and brought back some tartare sauce to add a bit of extra flavour and moistness to the barra and crocodile burgers.
We can’t wait to go back to the Humpty Doo Hotel. A parmigiana is in order, as well as a purchase of one of their merchandise as a souvenir.