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!
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.
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.
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.