We've enjoyed a couple of visits to Mukka even in the face of stiff veg*n restaurant competition on Brunswick St. Most recently we met up with our mates Natalie and Ben, all of us agreed that we should trial the $30pp vegan "Just Feed Me..." menu.
We also needed drinks. I circled back on the rose & cinnamon cooler ($7) of my first visit - it's so pretty and refreshing! The staff treated Natalie to a ginger beer souped up with pomegranate juice and seeds and a wedge of lime. This was a riff on their current jug-sized cocktail, which was just too much for Natalie to take on solo.
The banquet proved particularly generous in its entree selection. First up there were neat little samosas, dusted with black salt and served with mint and tamarind chutneys. More novel to us was the bhel puri, aptly described on the menu as "cold and crunchy, light and lovely"; a medley of puffed rice, Bombay Mix, nylon sev, pomegranate seeds, tomato, onion, lime, tamarind & mint.
These were followed by pappadums with more mint and tamarind chutneys, and the Tibetan momos that Natalie was most looking forward too. What luck to be served two each!
We had a long wait for our mains, but having eaten so well already I wasn't bothered. Eventually we were served a small steamed basmati rice (with the invitation to request more), a teeny creamy dal, a kachumbar salad, a sweet muttar tofu full of peas and caramelised onions, two bowls of soft and starchy aloo baingan, and thick wholemeal tandoori roti. We did our best but ultimately finished none of these dishes; we were kindly offered containers to take the remainders home.
Mukka's menu doesn't include vegan desserts so we happily, tiredly finished up at this point. But there was masala chai with almond milk on offer to round out the banquet.
Each time I visit Mukka, I'm glad to observe their customer base growing. Their menu has some great variations around the standard Indian takeaway and thoughtful vegan adaptations. The "Just Feed Me..." menu is a fun way for a hungry crew to sample across Mukka's options.
You can read about my first visit to Mukka here. Since then it's been roundly praised by other bloggers, including fellow vegos Ballroom Blintz and A Melbourne Vegan Eats, and omni bloggers Barley Restaurant Reviews, Wandering Mint (half freebie), Two Bears And A Fork, A Chronicle of Gastronomy (freebie), Gastrology (freebie), Fitzroyalty and Melbourne Explorer.
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.