Albert Park is home to a new temple of contemporary Indian cuisine – there really never is a ‘dahl’ moment in Melbourne’s culinary scene, is there?
Atta has moved into Victoria Avenue, and is all about creating an exciting dining experience that maintains the quality of fine dining. Atta’s Owner, Harry Dhanjal, is determined to shift the perception of Indian food to a sophisticated cuisine that should be taken seriously.
“People don’t usually consider Indian cuisine when it comes to special occasions or fine dining,” says Harry, “but we believe it deserves to be showcased for what it is – a delicious cuisine with amazing flavours, quality ingredients and a range of options that don’t have to be heavy.”
Harry’s menu revolves around clean eating and choosing top quality, seasonal ingredients. The restaurant’s name, Atta, is derived from a central ingredient in each course – flour – that forms the base of all the dishes, from tandoori kebabs to herby naan and delicious doughy roti. The venue itself is striking – housed in a historic bluestone building, the charming interior and brickwork is given an edge with modern lighting and contemporary artwork.
A quick squiz at Atta’s menu will reveal contemporary takes on modern classics, such as the Sikandari Raan – a braised lamb-based dish accompanied by Dutch carrots, herbed potatoes and mint chutney, as well as Nargeshi Kofta – a cottage cheese and seasonal vegetable loaf drizzled with tomato, onion and cashew gravy. You’ll also be able to indulge in delicious Indian inspired desserts, like Ras-Malai – a cottage cheese dumpling seasoned with saffron and pistachio chhena and topped with freeze dried raspberry tuilles.
While the classic curry and beer combo is not completely done away with at Atta, you’ll have the option to be treated to something a little more luxurious. A range of Indian inspired cocktails will kick start the evening, followed by local and European wines, craft beers and topped off with espresso from Melbourne-based specialty coffee roaster St ALi.
Open for dinner and soon lunch, Atta is changing Melbourne’s appreciation of Indian cuisine one vindaloo at a time in its new beachside Albert Park digs.