Back in August, fitzroyalty noted that an Indian restaurant was likely to pop up on Brunswick St next to Madame K's, where the vegan-friendly Frolic had previously offered froyo and waffles. Vegan About Town got in as soon as Mukka opened, thrilled to access veg-friendly Indian street food so close to home. She went on to invite me there for lunch just a few days later and I was out the door in 30 minutes.
The restaurant lets in plenty of light, and the interior is cheerful, casual and clean. I'm accustomed to Indian restaurant menus running to several dozen pages; the food here is listed on a single compact sheet, but maintains the high proportion of vegetarian and even vegan options, all clearly marked.
I love me a lassi, and a Mukka they come in two flavours, mango and rose-cinnamon ($6.50). Even better, they offer vegan-friendly analogues ($7, rose-cinnamon one pictured), made slushy and refreshing with blended almond milk and ice.
Steph and I shared a plate of Tibetan Momos ($10), dumplings with a thick, elastic rice flour skin and mild cabbage-potato filling. The accompanying chilli sauce was creamier than it was spicy.
We were really here for the dosa, each ordering our own Classic ($12.50). The crepe was crisp all the way through with a deeply savoury, almost cheesy, flavour (don't worry - it's totally vegan). The potato curry filling was generous, chunky and dotted with mustard seeds. I dipped my way through as much of the thick sambar dal and coconut chutney as I could.
The staff were friendly and helpful in a way that's rare but appreciated, offering us advice on a well-balanced set of dishes to order. I'm eager to try the puri, the tandoori, the paneer curries made with tofu and the breads, but it's going to be really, really tough to go past this dosa. Clearly many more visits are in order this summer.
This restaurant's opening was first flagged by fitzroyalty, and the first blogging visitor appears to be vegan about town.
365 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
main menu, dessert & drinks
Accessibility: There is just a small lip on the entry. Tables are moderately spaced throughout the interior. We ordered at our table and paid at a high counter. Toilets were located out the back, accessed by a flat but narrow path, and gendered.