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€€€€Indian, Asian,
20 Duckboard Pl, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Indian, Asian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
20 Duckboard Pl, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My last visit to Tonka was the best of all previous visits. A mate and I sat at the bar as we didn't have a booking. The staff were very knowledgeable about the food and Tonka's wine list. The menu is designed to share. We...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Jennifer s
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were a party of five for dinner and went to Tonka following a recommendation of our hotel. The place looks cool and trendy, but right from the start, we got the impression that everything seemed to be set as to get as much as...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank pll20816
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

At his suggestion, a business colleague and I met for lunch at Tonka, an Indian Fusion restaurant in Melbourne’s CBD. Indian food at lunchtime isn’t my ideal choice but I’m so glad I gave it a go. The menu offered a wonderful variety with a...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank psarge61
Reviewed 5 days ago

I recently had my birthday at Tonka and it was exceptional! From the service to the wines to the food. Our lovely server took over and ordered us a selection of items and we loved every, single morsel. All of the smaller bites at the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank mandyclogs
Reviewed 5 days ago

Had dinner here for 4 persons. Kicked of with espresso martini's before tasting some superb entrees, including an amazing soft shell crab starter. main courses were also beautifully presented and really delivered on taste and enjoyment. Service was also spot on, attentive, friendly and this...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank industryvet
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I’d heard a lot about Tonka and it didn’t disappoint! The restaurant has a great vibe, very in keeping with the lanes. Service was attentive and the waiter and waitress seemed to genuinely be interested in our first visit to Melbourne! Food was great with...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank anisha-mistry-jones
Reviewed 6 days ago

Dinner with friends on Monday 14 January, 8:30pm. Ordered butter chicken (good), chicken byriani (so so), fried cawliflower (sublime), charred broccolini (amazing), bombe alaska (forgettable) and cheese. Plus a bottle of a good Victorian Shiraz. Service was mostly very good with only one excepcion: a...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank silvia_b
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Went here with my partner and his neice. Started with some lovely cocktails then on to the softshell crab, some cold prawn dish and a marsala crusted lamb chop. All were lovely. Then we shared a barrata with a coriander pesto and warm roti. It...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Colin S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Brilliant restaurant. We did not book but got a seat at the bar no problem .Great atmosphere. Excellent staff ....and have to mention our bar man Tom ...good job ! Started with the pani pouri amazing bursting with flavour . Then vindaloo steak tartar ...so...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank redcollection
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked in with no booking and were seated at the bar, and had a lovely girl look after us who was very attentive and knowledgeable of the wine list. We ordered the scallops and soft shell crab for entree - cooked to perfection offering...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank shal86
Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways
tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary
feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the
city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques,
throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You
never quite know what you’ll find around the next
corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and
even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air
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17 August 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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16 December 2017|
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Response from EatDrinknbMarried | Reviewed this property |
At lunch on a weekday, mostly business lunches and moderate noise
19 July 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$43 - US$216
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 Duckboard Pl, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: 96503155
  • E-mail
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.
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