Fo0die dined as a guest of Atta and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
We took tram route 1 out to Atta after work on a Friday night and after a 20 minute ride, we arrived at the quiet strip of shops where the venue is located. At the time we dined, the casual fine dining venue had recently just turned one and got busier as we got into the night.
On entry, to the left is a small waiting area with the counter located just in front of that. To the right is the main dining area with a generous amount of space between tables to give each table a little privacy without overhearing another table’s conversation.
Turning into the dining area filled with tables with formal white table cloths, there are some steps leading up to a smaller dining section and kitchen. An opening just before the smaller dining section leads you into a hallway where the restrooms are located.
Both the food and separately the drinks menu are housed in a beautiful leather cover. Between the two of us, we shared two small items off the ‘essentials’ section of the menu, two entrees, a main with rice and naan and finished off with a dessert to share. We were advised that some of the dishes are larger than others and therefore the above should only be used as a guide (the team there can advise you!)
The most beautiful looking mango lassi which left Mr J with drink envy. A lovely strong mango flavour which was a little thick in consistency.
The two small items from the ‘essentials’ section were both bite size (although we made sure to take half a bite each so that we both got to try them both). Both of these items were cold. The sukha gol gappa (image on left) was surprisingly sweet while the chatpatta (image on right) felt refreshing with the typical Indian herbs and spices coming through.
From the entrees, we were intrigued by how a samosa could possibly be presented nicely on a plate in a ‘fine dining’ style and was surprised how nice it looked on the plate when it arrived. Dirty indeed but tasty and was the more spicy dish of the two entrees (the mango lassi came in handy to sooth the burn).
The lamb dish (image on right) arrived with a glass cloche over the top which was filled with smoke and as the smoke disappeared, the lovely tender meat was revealed. Everyone loves a bit of theatrics with their meal right? The tender meat already had such a lovely flavour to it with a slightly spicy sauce, paired with the mint chutney smeared on the side of the plate, this was soo delicious. Definitely a filling entree to start off with (there were two pieces of leg of lamb stacked on top of each other).
All the mains were curries with a choice of how spicy the curry is, from milk through to very spicy to even ‘Indian spicy’ for those after the authentic spicy level. We opted for mild which was just a little kick, even Mr J said maybe it was too mild (although the next level might be a little too spicy for him in my opinion!). We loved the flavour of the curry with what we consider to be the perfect curry consistency; not too watery and not too thick. The curry had 6 prawns which were de-shelled with just the tails left. These were cooked perfectly with a lovely firm texture to them. Paired with some saffron rice and garlic naan (this was not a ‘punch in your face’ garlic flavour, but had enough to give you garlic breath), this was a lovely main to share.
We finished off our dining experience with this beautiful colourful dessert. Loved the blueberry and cardamom kulfi which was similar to a parfait, and if Mr J was not paying attention, I would have totally had one of his.
With an aim to make Indian cuisine more ‘fashionable’ through plating and modernising, we think the venue has hit all the right marks without losing the traditional Indian flavours that the cuisine is known for.
Dishes that make up this review
- Sukha gol gappa; plain flour gol gappa, potato, chickpeas, sweet hung yoghurt, aam panna ($5)
- Chatpatta paan; Betal Leaf, tandoori chicken & cabbage foogath, strawberry gels ($5)
- Dirty samosa; plain flour pastry, potatoes and peas stuffing, channa masala and aromatic chutney ($18)
- Sikandari raan; sous vide leg of lamb and Dutch carrots, cumin roasted potatoes and mint chutney ($28)
- Jhinga coco; king prawns, tempered mustard and sun-dried chillies, coconut gravy ($29)
- Saffron rice ($10)
- Garlic naan ($7)
- Chidiya ka ghosla; blueberry and cardamom kulfi, white chocolate nest, pistachio floss and rabri ($21)
- Mango lassi ($10)
The notes below are current and accurate at the time of writing but please do check before going to avoid any disappointment as things can suddenly change.
- 25% off the total bill (up to the value of $40) with the entertainment book