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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Indian, Asian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings

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Tonka is a modern Indian restaurant just off Flinders Lane, down one of Melbourne’s iconic laneways, Duckboard Place. At Tonka we celebrate the vibrancy of Indian flavours complimented by our award winning wine list. Delivered by our experienced and passionate team. Tonka opened in 2013 and is the proud sister to Coda restaurant, a short walk away. Since their inception, both restaurants have received the Age Good Food Guide’s ‘Hat Award’ every year. While bookings are highly recommended we also have an area available for walk-in patrons. For those looking for a cocktail and a relaxed meal we have a substantial menu in our bar, Thali.
$42 - $211
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Indian, Asian, Contemporary
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Another visit to Tonka and not disappointed- several different things on menu from our last visit. Food and service fantastic- a favourite place to eat in Melbourne.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Shirley B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Having heard rave reviews about Tonka, we were so excited to be eating here for Easter lunch. My partner and I both love Indian food and the menu online looked great. Sadly, Tonka didn't live up to the hype in my honest opinion. Starting with...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank TKos88
Reviewed 3 days ago

We ate here a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it. So as a group of 8 we visited for a second time. We had a really helpful waitress who made a few suggestions from the menu so we decided to go the whole...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Nyallg
Reviewed 3 days ago

I am an Indian living in Thailand, and have had my fair share of Indian food experiences, from home-made staples to the famous Gaggan in the heart of Bangkok. I have to say, Tonka beats them all. My wife and I were blown away by...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Aditkhorana
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a excellent restaurant in every respect. Decor, fabulous, staff didn't miss a beat and the modern Indian food was sensational. The wine list was also noteworthy. I'll be back for sure.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank iGuySimpson
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the vindaloo steak tartare which I loved loved loved..The taste was amazing!!! We also had the Lamb Curry. The lamb was so tender and just melted in my mouth. The Brocollini was really nice too. The dessert we had was the Coque meringue....More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank blackJaz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went celebrate our anniversary on recommendation of friends. The service was friendly but indifferent. The food was more for non-spicy palate. We found it a little bland, especially saag paneer. Gobi when it arrived was a little soggy. Pani puri was not exceptional. Lamb cutlet...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Kifarujourneyman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fabulous experience from the moment we walked in and were greeted by Lorenzo. The service and attentiveness remained faultless throughout the night....but lets talk about the food..... If you love Indian Fusion then Tonka is a must. The contemporary style combines taste with full,...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank thebeautyprotocole
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tonka's Thali lunch is an excellent value-for-$$ meal when you are always short of time, but want to treat yourself to a nice lunch with a friend.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Fifi L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent to share with a group, Service on top. Food very good, You want to know where it is otherwise you don't find it.

Date of visit: January 2019
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August 17, 2018|
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Response from Greta C | Reviewed this property |
I confirm RitaMarie's response. I'm gluten free, we had the degustation and I never felt my food was compromised in quality or presentation. I would return to Tonka for the food, service and ambience! Hope you enjoy the... More
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December 16, 2017|
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Response from EatDrinknbMarried | Reviewed this property |
At lunch on a weekday, mostly business lunches and moderate noise
July 19, 2016|
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Response from buds_nz | Reviewed this property |
I was a customer but there appeared to be a function there when I was dining
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