We often hear the term ‘westernised food’, the notion of authentic food that has been bastardised by other cultures to suite the pallets of those eating it. So, it’s hard to find authentic tasting food outside of its native homeland. This is particularly true for Indian cuisine, all too often you will find that the spice is dialed back to make it a little more palatable for some which can really take away from the true beauty and flavours of the dishes.
So, when we came across Mukka in the heart of Fitzroy, boasting authentic Indian we didn’t know if we would be getting ‘westernised food’ or the real thing. Let us tell you, this was the real thing!
Started by two native Indian brothers, they wanted to bring fresh, authentic Indian food to the Melbourne food scene and that’s just what they did. Using their mother’s own recipes to set the tone for their food, their menu incorporates traditional favourites like dosa, butter chicken and biryani. But these brothers are including some favourites that you don’t always see on the tradition Indian menu in Melbourne. From their onion bhaji, a street eats favourite, these golden onion fritters were a great start to our visit.
Venturing deeper into their menu, we found ourselves on a culinary journey through Indian cuisine. We embarked on a feast that continued with dosa. For those uninitiated a dosa is a light, crispy pancake about the size of a side table rolled into a cone or cylinder and filled with delicious curry. Not stopping their we continued to indulge in lamb biryani, chicken tikka masala, butter chicken, spicy lamb chops and fresh, house-made naan.
We teamed these delicious dishes with Indian inspired cocktails with a Mukka twist and some of the best lassi we’ve had in a long time. Be sure not to miss out on the Mango Lassi or Rosey the Heartbreaker combining tequila, rose syrup and lime served with crushed ice, mint leaves and rose petals, a beautiful blend of cultures in a cocktail glass.
You’ll find Mukka on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy and it is everything you could want from an Indian restaurant and more. Not only do they serve beautiful Indian food, they host events including ‘Go mad with Mukka’ – a colour party held in a Coburg warehouse, or Kite Flying with thali and chai at Edinburgh Gardens. Talk about offering more than just a meal, they’re passionate about sharing true Indian culture. If a trip to India is not around the corner, a trip to Fitzroy can be.