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“Wow what an experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tonka

Tonka
Ranked #24 of 3,851 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Sydney, Australia
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89 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Wow what an experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

Went to Tonka last night based on reviews and we were not disappointed. From the moment we were greeted at the door it was an outstanding experience. The staff are not only extremely friendly but very knowledgable about the food and beer menus. After discussing with our waiter what we liked we left it in his hands. We were not disappointed. We started with their small dishes and then finished off on the best lamb curry I have ever eaten followed by the duck. This is a place everyone must go if they love food that pops in your mouth. An exceptional experience and night.

Visited July 2014
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Puerto Rico
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Really good food, but has a weird entrance”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

The entrance to the place can be found by some people like creepy, but the service and the food were really good. Our server, a blonde gal that I cannot recall her name, was very nice and knowledgeable about the menu. The butter chicken is to die for!!!

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Gippsland, Australia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Brilliant staff, fantastic cuisine and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2014

My partner and I dined at Tonka earlier this week and we both agreed one of the best dining experiences we have ever had.
Our waiter and sommelier were down to earth and knowledgeable.
Food was fantastic (we highly recommend the seafood Goan curry) , the wine matched perfectly.
We sat in the bar for an hour after our meal and the woman serving us was fabulous! Being a Monday night the restaurant wasn't overly busy so she had time to make conversation and even made myself a special birthday cocktail.
We love Melbourne but in a city full of some quite pretentious food we feel we've really found a gem.

Visited July 2014
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Western Australia
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49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Oh, wow”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2014

3 of us on a 2 day trip to Melbourne had a weekday lunch at Tonka. Was a bit nervous as one of the party is a well traveled foodie. I knew we were on a winner after the first dish. Wow. The flavours are subtle yet robust at the same time. The serves deceptively generous. You were full by the end of the meal, but without the leaden feeling you can often get from Indian restaurants. Did I mention the flavours? Wow again. The staff were friendly and helpful. Great drink menu. Great atmosphere. Make sure you try their Burrata done Indian style. Who would have thought an Italian cheese would make a cracking Indian dish? Can't wait to come back.

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Hobart, Australia
2 reviews
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“Fantastic dining experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2014

From the moment we made our reservation the service was outstanding. Wonderful food, terrific service and a memorable dining experience. One of the highlights of our recent visit to Melbourne.

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