Manhattan Modern Indian is a young and vibrant modern Indian restaurant, recently they took over from the previous restaurant called “Manhattan”.
This semi fine dine restaurant located in Toorak Village, 448 Toorak Road, Toorak which is one of the prestigious suburbs in Melbourne.
We’re glad to be invited by Mitesh (owner) to have experience 7 course meal at Manhattan Modern Indian.
The restaurant is very easy to find and accessible both public transport (Tram 58) and convenient on the street parking along Toorak Road.
You hardly miss this place just by checking out the big sign outdoor “Manhattan” with the classic and modern black-and-white decor.
It’s a typical public opinion to acknowledge that most of Indian cuisines use lots of spices, rich taste and have strong smell when you go inside the restaurant.
Some people might not be able to stand with the strong smell from the Eastern food while others like us do not mind at all with this smell and taste.
We’re so impressed with Manhattan Modern Indian, we didn’t smell any Indian spices inside the restaurant but they managed to deliver such a beautiful, rich and exotic food.
Let us describe what we had.
The restaurant was quite spacious, second floor is normally used for a private event or small party. We came on the weekend, it was the same time where there was a last minute booking for a private event on the second floor.
They told us in advanced about the potential delay when serving our 7 course meals, we’d really appreciate for the nice heads up given by them.
They also offer a broad wine list; We started our food journey by having a glass of Squeling Pig Rose (white wine) and Pepperjack Cavernet Savignon (red wine).
We’re also served a complimentary entree – Papadum.
- Pani Puri (Fried puffed crispy balls with flavoured water)
It’s a typical street food and type of snack where you can find in any Indian subcontinent. Here at Manhattan Modern Indian, they managed to uplift and modernise both taste and presentation from the original food.
The dish was uniquely served in the glass shot and on top of that you’ll find the potato crisp which contains mash potatoes and chick pea.
It’s our first experience to have this Indian street food and we liked it.
The highlight was the fried puffed crispy balls with the yogurt inside! It was amazing!They claimed to be the only Indian restaurant located in South Eastern Suburb that served Pani Puri.
- Jhol Muri (Bombay Bhel, Philo Tokri, Sev)
Our second dish is another typical street snack which is very popular in West India.
It’s made of puffed rice and an assortment of spices, bombay bhel, philo tokri; On top there were sprinkles of sev.
The taste of this dish was very refreshing, sweet and sour. Sweetness coming from the onion and the sour taste coming from the tomato.
The entire elements were perfectly held together in the crisp thin skin layer.
Absolutely great dish!
- Harappa Kebab (puffed rice, onions, peanuts tossed with mint and tamarind)
Our third course had a similar presentation as croquette; It’s vegetarian dish and supposed to be a healthy dish except it was fried! LOL
The dish is coming from Punjab and very popular street food.
Outer part was perfectly deep fried and inside was cooked well.
Inside was silky smooth and the taste was flavourful
- Murg Korma (Chicken tikka cooked with cashew and onion gravy)
What can go wrong with Chicken Tikka? In fact, it’s one of the benchmark to find out whether it’s a great Indian restaurant or not.
As expected from the previous course, we had confident in this dish.
The chicken was perfectly cooked and well seasoned.
Inside, it wasn’t dry! The chicken meat was moist, tender and the spices immersed inside.
- Casa Tea
It was a fragrant and healthy tea, very good for your metabolism. The casa tea comes from Khasmir, the area where is very cold up to -30 celsius.
It’s basically a tea combined with mixed herbs.
- Prawn Masala (Prawns cooked with onion, tomato and Indian Masala)
We really liked this Prawn Masala, it was served with Roti Canai on the side. The curry was amazing, it had a perfect balance.
The prawns served was quite generous, it’s one of the best curry we’ve ever had!
- Pot of Surprise
It’s a surprise and today we got gulab jamun served in cute pot. The presentation was great and very appealing.
They did slight modification to adjust Melburnian taste! The original gulab jamun is really really sweet and heavy.
Here, it wasn’t too sweet and it was effortless for us to whop the dessert. We truly enjoyed this dish.
Overall, we had such a blessed and lovely night having dinner here apart from the slightly long waiting on the meals due to unexpected private event.
The food was amazing, the service was friendly and the atmosphere was cosy and comfortable.
There are many Indian restaurants that offer similar mainstream food. At Manhattan Modern Indian, you can find a unique Indian street food where you can’t find in any other Indian restaurants.
Note: We’d like to say thank you to Mitesh and Manhattan Modern Indian’s team for having us.
Disclaimer: Honest opinions expressed here are purely on our own and are based on our experience at that time.
Apologise if there are any spelling mistakes in the food name since there are no up-to-date menu available when we came.
Yay: Pani Puri, Jhol Muri, Harappa Kebab, Murg Korma, Casa Tea, Prawn Masala, Pot of Surprise
Location: Toorak Village, 448 Toorak Road, Toorak, Melbourne, VIC
Phone: 03 8592 4651