Dubbed as one of the best places to take a non-vegan on a first date, Mukka has something for everyone. Opening its doors in 2016 on Brunswick Street, this restaurant takes you on a culinary journey through India, from the North to the South and everywhere in between.
This is the first food venture for brothers Aditya and Prateek Dhawan. The duo has had help from their family to replicate the food from their youth, the dishes are inspired from their mothers’ recipes and she can be found helping out in the kitchen, making sure everything is right.
The interior of Mukka is vibrant and colourful, you may be excused for thinking that you have stepped into a different world from the hipster Fitzroy surrounds. The most noticeable feature when you walk inside is the large hand-painted mural of “Rosie The Heartbreaker”, lovingly painted by the Dhawan’s father. Bright orange and blue Hand-painted chairs are tucked into the tables and the food is served on traditional stainless steel Thali plates.
If you are planning on eating at Mukka, go on an empty stomach and wear something loose. You are in for a wild sensory ride
Starting with the Street Eats menu, they are all vegan. Enjoy Samosas, Onion Bhaji, Gobi65, Bhel Puri and Tibetan momos (dumplings from the Indian Himalayan regions). If you’re a fan of mushrooms you need to order the popular Tandoori mushrooms. Marinated mushroom skewers cooked in a Tandoor oven and served with coriander chutney.
All of the Curry Pots are gluten-free, there are 5 vegan options to choose from. Other dishes include Classic Dosa with a spiced medley of curried potatoes served with sambal dal and coconut chutney. Vegetable Biryani with a soyawadi, cauliflower, green beans, carrots layered with basmati rice.
Don’t worry, it’s not a dry affair. Mukka has a range of craft beer, local wine, and cocktails. Plus specialty Coolers, a vegan lassi like drink with either mango or rose and cinnamon.