We had a faux birthday dinner over at Tonka and were highly impressed by their modern take on Indian cuisine in a highly contemporary, tasteful setting. Main dishes were incredible through all courses and we enjoyed the dessert too, but they were a miniature in serving size. T’was a rainy evening and the entrance to Tonka is through a dark, unassuming laneway alley that makes finding the restaurant a tidbit of fun.
Our group of five ordered a mix of items for sharing and tasting including the tandoori quail, duck korma with apple and vanilla sliced beetroot, lamb curry with roasted coconut, black cardamon and poppy seeds and the white salan curry, tadka vegetables, zucchini flower smoked ricotta. These were the best curries I’ve had in Melbourne to date, and great modern twists on familiar recipes. Service was impressive and we always felt looked after – exactly what we want on a faux birthday.
Our final adventure at Tonka was the courses for dessert and we went with the Gulab jamun with saffron syrup and silver leaf, carrot cake with carrot halwa, cream cheese ice cream, whipped mascarpone, apricot coulis and cinnamon walnut crumble and a third mystery dessert which I can’t remember and doesn’t appear to be on the menu these days. I got a kick out of these desserts and there were quirky but at only a few bites each pop it wasn’t quite enough. Dining at Tonka was a great experience and one worth recommending.