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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 3 days ago

Tonka is a great restaurant with excellent and professional service, good atmosphere and very good food.. It presents Indian food with a modern twist and a few turns and does it very well. Overall a very good lunch experience.I have been there a number of...More

Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 5 days ago

Food is ok. We were very let down by an extremely pushy waitress who literally told us she was a 'seller' and could make customers 'buy what she wanted' - pretty inappropriate for the setting. My disappointment came from the fact when I wrote to...More

Thank foodfoodfoodfood11
Reviewed 5 days ago

I don’t write a tonne of Triapdvisor restaurant reviews but Tonka was so fantastic it’s a must visit if you are in Melbourne. Everything about our experience was far beyond our expectations, particularly the service which was welcoming, friendly, timely and endlessly professional. Drinks were...More

Thank Katie C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My partner had mentioned that she wanted to come to this place many time but being from out of town we are a little gunshy of trying possibly wasting a night off in Melbourne at a poorly chosen restaurant. This wa some of the tastiest...More

Thank gsfood
Reviewed 6 days ago

Had dinner at Coda and wanted to dine at Tonka before we left the next morning. Walked in dressed very casually as we were running out of time. I was soooo impressed with the Service ..... Food was sensational ......Wine devine ..... Ambiance was uber...More

Thank SharronC103
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a place !!!! Had a business meeting as lunch and absolutely gem. Indian inspired food but best I have tried in my entire life . Probably the best Indian fine dining.

Thank maxxbadil
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice ambience down a cool lane way so good novelty factor. Many dishes were very overpriced eg $42 butter chicken which you would pay half the price at a suburban Indian restaurant. Some interesting other dishes which may warrant the higher price tag but overall...More

Thank Gooma
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently dined at Tonka and could not fault it from the service to the food. A party of three shared many dishes including the Pani Puri, Five Spice Calamari (devine!), Butter Chicken (one of the best I have had), Duck Korma, Charred broccolini, Naan...More

Thank LovetoDine1967
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We found this place by accident wandering the streets looking for somewhere to eat, and we were not disappointed. Tonka is visually appealing as a restaurant- the view hits you as a surprise and the entire restaurant is classy fine dining without pretence. The staff...More

Thank summeroll
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The line outside Chin Chin was too long, so we wandered a little further and came across Tonka. So glad that we did! The menu choices had some traditional Indian curries, but we sampled dishes that I had never heard of. Wonderful flavours! There were...More

Thank Texaroo2
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$214
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Bar Scene, 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
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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.
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