Jimmy Shu grew up in Sri Lanka. The only son of a renowned restaurateur, Jimmy developed a love of food, of delighting guests and consistently innovating delicious dishes. Hanuman represents a lifelong commitment to creating exceptional Asian cuisine.
The result of a family passion turned into a career.

It only took one trip to Darwin, in search of fresh barramundi for his customers in Melbourne, to convince Jimmy Shu to sell up his Melbourne based restaurant empire and move north. His imagination had been captured by the delicious array of
south-east Asian fruits, herbs and vegetables flourishing in the tropical climate. Since then Jimmy
has championed the development of local Asian market gardens, showcasing them in his Northern Territory and Cairns restaurants including the now famous Hanuman restaurant in Darwin which
opened in 1992.

A childhood spent in his family’s restaurant in Sri Lanka imbued Jimmy with a passion for the colour, variety and taste of Asian food. He now fosters this same passion in others, supporting local growers of exotic produce to find markets. He also sponsors master chefs from India, Thailand and Malaysia to work in his restaurants. When not travelling to find new inspiration, Jimmy can be found on Sunday mornings at Darwin’s Rapid Creek markets, prodding, sniffing, tasting and chatting with the stallholders. Hardworking, generous and successful, Jimmy constantly helps others find their talents and fly.


Hanuman Oysters, our signature dish with vivid tastes of lemongrass, sweet basil, ginger, chilli and fresh coriander.

Salad of Tamarind pork, barbecue, tossed with cherry tomato, red onion finished with a tamarind and honey dressing.

Meen Moolie of wild barrumundi fillets cooked with turmeric, fresh curry leaf and coconut.

Beef Masaman aromatic curry with potato, ginger, number, tamarind and peanut.

Butter Chicken, our signature dish of silky cashew and tomato curry, infused with cardamon and cumin.

Eggplant Pachadi cooked in sauce of onion, tomato, spices and finished with tamarind.

Sri Lankan love cake, a rich semolina cake baked with cashews, crystallised ginger, honey, rosewater, cardamon, nutmeg; with vanilla custard and ginger crumble.

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Upcoming Events...

November 17, 2018

Turning up the heat on the Sunshine Coast

Highlighting the exciting world of chillies, herbs and spices through a fusion of food, music and people, the...

December 1, 2018

Craft Beer & Cider Festival Sunshine Coast brings a taste of some of Australia and New Zealand’s most unobtainable craft beers paired amongst locally sourced produce in the...

December 25, 2018

** Traditional Christmas Buffet with all the trimmings **

$95 Per Person (Seniors 10% discount)
$30 Kids 4 - 12 yrs
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December 25, 2018

Christmas Day! A day celebrated by many Christian Faiths and a time of family and celebration. Many celebrate this time of year with parties and functions and many other...

December 31, 2018

Welcome in the new year with family and friends at the best spot on Noosa River.

Sit back and watch the fire work display and lazer light show over Noosa River while we...

December 31, 2018 to January 1, 2019

Everyone's favourite night to party, check out the venues we have offering something special for your New Years Eve!

January 26, 2019

A day used to commemorate European settlement in Australia, this day is popular with Aussie's from all walks of life who regularly enjoy barbecues, seafood and more!

March 8, 2019 to March 24, 2019

We started as a spark of an idea in 1993 with a modest program of 12 events dreamt up by Peter Clemenger AM AO. Today we're a state-wide celebration in March with over 300...

May 16, 2019 to May 20, 2019

The beautiful Noosa waterways will be a magical backdrop for the Noosa Food & Wine Festival, with more than 70 fantastic events showcasing some of Australia's best chefs in...