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The Aarli Bar: Uber Cool

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Saturday night in Broome and we decide on the The Aarli for dinner. We arrive around 6.30pm and it looks as if its already full. We are greeted by April, one of the best wait people in Broome. We get a table for two under the big frangipani tree. Salt and pepper kingfish wings with a bandit sauce is the special on the blackboard and we managed to secure the last serving for the evening. While the soft lighting under the tree provides the perfect ambiance, the mosquitos have us seeking shelter inside the air conditioned dining area where there is a mixture of high tables and stools and regular tables and chairs. 

We sit at one end of the long high table and share the space with a young couple at the other end, its comfortable and social dining. There is an impressive drinks list which include beers, wines, sparkling wines and cocktails. We order a prosecco and a Tsingtao beer, the perfect accompaniment for the pork and shitake dumplings with coriander and mint relish. The dumplings are moist and the relish gives them the perfect lift. There are four per serve so the perfect starter to share. As April clears our dishes we keep what's left of our corriander and mint relish. That's far too delicious to not keep for the next course.

For main we share the salt and pepper kingfish wings with bandit sauce and the soft shell crab with chilli, lime and palm sugar dressing. Both dishes are ideal to share and burst with flavour. Chilled pinot gris goes delightfully well with the fusion flavours that are a nod to Broome's multicultural history. The kingfish wings were crispy and full of moist, perfectly cooked fish with the bandit sauce providing an ideal level of heat. Everything served is fresh and flavoursome. This time when April comes to clear the dishes, nothing is left.

The Aarli combines fusion flavour food with a very cool alfresco dining vibe. It should be on every visitors list of places to dine at. 


1: The mosquitos have been bad all over Broome lately due to the massive wet season. They should be gone in a week or two.
2: The Aarli doesn't have tap and pay. So don't rely on making payments with your phone. Take cash or a credit card.
3: To avoid the disppointment of missing out we suggest you book.

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