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Tonka

Average price $95
9.1/10
503 reviews

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Meet the Chef

Adam D’Sylva, now established as one of Australia’s most prominent chefs, credits his success to his time spent as executive chef of Coda and Tonka restaurants. These two venues, now intrinsic to Melbourne’s culinary scene, have been awarded and maintained One Chef’s Hat in The Age Good Food Guide since their inception.

Restaurant menu

Average price $95 Special request

Chef Adam D'Sylva recommends…

Spencer Gulf kingfish tartare, pomegranate, ginger and fresh wasabi
$26
Vindaloo steak tartare with fenugreek raita and mathri
$25
Five spice calamari chakodi with burnt garlic aioli
$26

Ratings & Reviews

Excellent
9.1/10
based on 503 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after making a booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Quality of food :9.1/10
Service :9.2/10
Setting :9/10
  1. Linda P.
    Linda P.
    • 6 reviews
    10/10

    Everything about this restaurant is fabulous! We asked our waiter to recommend our dishes and were thrilled with the selection. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming. The food is beautifully presented and tasty. The waiter remembered us from our previous visit 2 years ago! One of our favourites.

  2. Liz A.
    Liz A.
    • 2 reviews
    5/10

    This was the 5th or 6th time there now and it just wasn't the same. The menu has changed and a few key dishes gone. Starters were excellent as always but the Korma just didn't cut it. Was bland and used chicken thighs not breast. Bring back the butter chicken I say.

  3. Debbie K.
    Debbie K.
    • one review
    10/10

    The food was fantastic, service was great, maybe waiters could slow down a bit, they seemed a little rushed all the time, Made me feel on edge but all in all a great restaurant

  4. Siva V.
    Siva V.
    • 3 reviews
    9.5/10

    Simply delicious! The modern take on Indian food is absolutely stunning, both on the plate and the palatte. Kingfish is a spectacular dish that I enjoyed to the core. Must visit!

  5. Sally E.
    Sally E.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Excellent food, drinks and service. Decent portion sizes for the price. Music was slightly too loud making conversation a little difficult, but we would certainly return!

  6. Ellen G.
    Ellen G.
    • 7 reviews
    10/10

    Took my partner here for an early Christmas lunch and we both absolutely loved it. The food was delightful- we especially loved the charred broccolini. The ambience was excellent and the staff very friendly. Would certainly return for another special occasion.

  7. Preetam N.
    Preetam N.
    • 3 reviews
    7.5/10

    Don't expect the normal dishes that you would normally expect in an Indian cuisine. They prepare things in their own way. Good for one time

  8. Sarah S.
    Sarah S.
    • 5 reviews
    9.75/10

    Fabulous experience. Will be going back again.

  9. Arlene T.
    Arlene T.
    • 3 reviews
    8.5/10

    Really excellent food with great and unique flavour combinations. Friendly and good service. It’s be great if the music weren’t so loud - hard to hear our party speaking. Good wine list.

  10. Susan C.
    Susan C.
    • one review
    7/10

    I was very much looking forward to dining at Tonka as I had heard so much about it. I was a little underwhelmed unfortunately. The food was very nice but not up to the hype.

  11. Harry L.
    Harry L.
    • one review
    5.5/10

    Service and the atmosphere were on point however the food was quite average. We both felt that our small local indian takeaway had more spices/fragrance/authentic in their dishes. We left content but weren't blown away by other diner reviews! Unfortunately won't be visiting again.

  12. A A.
    A A.
    • 272 reviews
    10/10

    It was our first time visit to Tonka and we were so impressed! Fantastic food & wine, and great service. We had a wonderful time and would definitely go back again.

  13. Lacinta R.
    Lacinta R.
    • 13 reviews
    10/10

    Everything was perfect as always.

  14. Lacinta R.
    Lacinta R.
    • 13 reviews
    10/10

    The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. We will certainly be back.

  15. Lacinta R.
    Lacinta R.
    • 13 reviews
    10/10

    The food was delicious and the service was fantastic, my only criticism was the waitress talked us into ordering way too much food.

  16. A A.
    A A.
    • 246 reviews
    6.5/10

    Very pricey for average food.

  17. A A.
    A A.
    • 294 reviews
    9.5/10

    A very friendly place with amazing staff and food

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 249 reviews
    8.75/10

    Tonka is a favourite especially when we have visitors from overseas. The food is consistently good, the service is excellent and knowledgeable, and the sommelier really knows his wine. It was noted that the sommelier jumped in to lend a hand with service staff as well. My only criticism, as with many restaurants, and restaurant designers need give some thought o overcoming this problem, is that it was quite difficult to talk across the table due to the noise generally and the loudness of some over gregarious customers. Very little the restaurants can do, and understand that noise is part of the vibe, but in many many restaurants it is just too noisy.

  19. A A.
    A A.
    • 267 reviews
    9.5/10

    Fabulous food, wine and service. Very friendly staff and extremely helpful.

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 271 reviews
    8/10

    Very tasty indeed

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How to get to the restaurant

20 Duckboard Pl, 3000, Melbourne, Australia

Directions to get there

Melbourne CBD, Melbourne City

About the restaurant

One of Melbourne's finest

Tonka is a modern Indian restaurant just off Flinders Lane, down one of Melbourne’s iconic laneways, Duckboard Place.

At Tonka the team celebrate the vibrancy of Indian flavours complimented by their award winning wine list.

Tonka first opened in 2013 and is the proud sister of Coda restaurant (just a short walk away). Since their inception, both venues have received the Age Good Food Guide’s ‘Hat Award’ every year - needless to say these guys know what they're doing.

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