Albert Park is showcasing a contemporary Indian restaurant, serving up bold Indian cuisine.
Located a stone’s throw from Albert Park beach, Atta serves up a range of vibrant and beautifully presented dishes that’ll encourage diners to enjoy Indian food in new ways.
Restaurateur Harry Dhanjal says the aim of Atta is to change Melbourne’s perception of Indian food while demanding to be recognised as a sophisticated and serious cuisine.
“We are daring to steer away from the norm, putting the emphasis on ‘fun’ dining, yet keeping the ‘fine’ dining experience,” says Harry.
“People don’t usually consider Indian cuisine when it comes to special occasions or fine dining and we believe it deserves to be showcased for what it is: a delicious cuisine with amazing flavours, clean-eating dishes containing quality ingredients, and a range of options that don’t have to be heavy.”
For entree, guests can sink their teeth into Sikandari Raan, a dish featuring a braised leg of lamb, sous vide dutch carrots, herb potatoes and mint chutney ($21). Mains include popular items like butter chicken, with some bold dishes like Nargeshi Kofta – cottage cheese and seasonal vegetable loafs with tomato, onion and cashew gravy. And to complete the three-course palette, their dessert menu offers five dishes, including Saffron Pannacotta, and Ras-Malai – cottage cheese dumplings with saffron and pistachio chhena and freeze dried raspberry tuiles ($18).
Atta is inspired by Harry’s hospitality experience which extends over a decade, and from his passion for quality food. This venture sees Harry bringing together classic dishes from all corners of India, but with a twist of modern creativity which is designed to delight.
The whole team shares the vision of championing Indian cuisine – which receives little emphasis in the Melbourne food landscape – while at the same time reinvigorating and enhancing the entire dining experience.
Clean eating and quality ingredients are central elements to the Atta concept, which is how the restaurant’s name came to be.
“Atta (meaning flour) is used in all the three courses, therefore forming the crucial ingredient for various dishes like tandoori kebabs, naan, roti, desserts,” Harry adds. “Making everything from scratch lends itself to the whole menu at Atta, stemming from the vital ingredient.”
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.
159–161 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park
Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm. (Opening soon for lunch Sat-Sun)