Albert Park’s new contemporary Indian restaurant, Atta (meaning flour) serves Indian food but not as most know it.
Restaurateur Harry Dhanjal opened Atta in June with the aim to change Melbourne’s perception of Indian food and demanding that it be recognised as the sophisticated and serious cuisine that it is.
Located a stone’s throw from Albert Park beach, Atta serves up a range of vibrant, beautifully presented dishes that encourage diners to think about and enjoy Indian food in new ways.
The elegant interior, featuring clean lines and warm tones, fits the Atta ethos perfectly. As well as the delectable dishes, diners will enjoy Indian cocktails, St Ali coffee, local and European wines and a range of beers.
To start we recommend the Sikandari Raan – A stunning dish served in a smoked cloche which reveals braised leg of lamb, sous vide dutch carrots, herb potatoes, mint chutney. The Murgh Tikka is similarly delicious. Wonderfully tender spicy tandoori chicken is served on spinach tikki and laced with mint chutney and coriander infused oil.
For mains do not go past the decadent curries which go perfectly with their fluffy saffron rice, tandoori naan and garlic naans.
The Butter Chicken was a beautifully mild and creamy curry .It was a crowd favourite which had us fighting for the last morsel. The Beef Mircha on the other hand was exceedingly tender and drenched in a heavier, full flavour-laden curry, courtesy of being cooked in a myriad of delectable spices while the Dal Bukhara was a vegetarian curry which was yet another enjoyable dish.
Desserts continue to please at Atta. The Saffron Pannacotta served with blackberry coulis and saffron honey gels is a texturally perfect rendition. The pannacotta was silky smooth. Just barely holding its shape, it was quivering on the plate. Delicious. The Ras Malai was a particular hit – rich, creamy, and amply sweet with a generous hit of cardamom, it was the perfect indulgence. The addition of saffron and pistachio chhanna and the freeze dried raspberry added interest and a lovely little twist on this traditional dessert.
Atta is the vision of Harry, who has always lived and breathed quality food with over a decade of hospitality experience. This venture sees Harry bringing together classic dishes from all corners of India, but with a twist of modern creativity that is designed to delight.
Location: 159–161 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park
Phone: 03 9696 3388