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Sunda

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5 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

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It’s the roti with Vegemite curry, okay? Sunda has made the year’s most spectacular play for the hearts and minds of Melbourne with a crazy-brave combination of wickedly buttery deconstructed roti and a deeply savoury curry sauce with a Vegemite-umami backbone. Add the fact that it’s an off-menu secret with only 25 serves available a night for those who know the password (tip: try “do you have any roti with Vegemite curry left?”) and what you have is bona fide catnip to anyone with a stomach to fill.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking Sunda is a one-trick pony. The restaurant stars the talents of chef Khanh Nguyen, a (gasp!) Sydney import, who’s taken the pan-Asian fun of Malaysian, Indonesian and Vietnamese dishes, picked them apart and made them new again with the help of native Australian ingredients. It sounds slightly wrong written down on paper until you hit something like the otak otak, traditionally a grilled fish cake in banana leaf. Here it’s playing like the smoothest, richest seafood parfait with a curry lilt and topped with pops of fingerlime, chilli slivers and picked meat, all the better to smear on rice crackers. Or the crisp, golden-domed perfection of the rendang bun, which is not only a reminder that pretty much every culture has its own version of a meat pie, but that Malaysian beef rendang does very well smooshed into a fluffy carb den with a bold swipe of fermented chilli sambal and a refreshing hit of pickled radish on the side.

Nguyen puts Fremantle octopus through a contemporary centrifuge, the charry cephalopod duking it out with the thumping rich ripeness of bush tomato and a lemongrass sambal. And don’t miss his egg noodles in a drenching of XO underscored by pepperberry and mined with a cholesterol-spiking amount of salty chicken crackling.

A great restaurant cannot rest on its menu alone. Sunda has emerged fully-formed with one of the more interesting fit-outs of 2018 (the best descriptor is construction site-chic; the combination of red brick walls and scaffolding giving the impression of dining in a gallery space) and the switched-on team of staff are armed and dangerous with a wine list that swings natural without being obnoxious about it. Sunda has burst out the blocks demanding our love, and receiving it. Pass the funky rosé, and toast to its future.

 Time Out Awards

2019People’s Choice: Signature Searches

2018Best New Restaurant

View this year's Time Out Food Award winners

By: Larissa Dubecki

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Address: 18 Punch Lane
Melbourne
Melbourne
3000
Contact:
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 6pm-10pm; Fri noon-10pm; Sat 5.30pm-10pm

Special offers

The Full Sunda Experience & Seafood Plate $236

The Full Sunda Experience ($168pp) & Seafood Plate ($68pp) for $236pp - a culinary journey of fine produce that starts with Sunda's Seafood Plate and small snacks. The procession continues with a selection of mains designed to showcase Khanh’s prowess at intermingling native Australian and Southeast Asian ingredients, and two desserts laden with Southeast Asian influences. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, includes service. Valid For: 1 - 20 People Thu-Sat 5:00PM-9:30PM

Offer valid until Aug 28 2021

The Full Sunda Experience & Seafood Plate $236

The Full Sunda Experience ($168pp) & Seafood Plate ($68pp) for $236pp - a culinary journey of fine produce that starts with Sunda's Seafood Plate and small snacks. The procession continues with a selection of mains designed to showcase Khanh’s prowess at intermingling native Australian and Southeast Asian ingredients, and two desserts laden with Southeast Asian influences. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, includes service. Valid For: 1 - 20 People Sat 12:30PM-1:30PM

Offer valid until Aug 28 2021

Sunda's Classic Menu $98pp

Sunda’s Classics - a collection of familiar Sunda favourites including signatures such as our otak otak. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, includes service. Valid For: 1 - 20 People Thu-Fri 5:30PM-9:30PM

Offer valid until Aug 28 2021

Sunda's Classic Menu $98pp

Sunda’s Classics - a collection of familiar Sunda favourites including signatures such as our otak otak. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, includes service. Valid For: 1 - 20 People Sat 12:00PM-2:30PM

Offer valid until Aug 28 2021

The Full Sunda Experience $168pp

The Full Sunda Experience - a culinary journey of fine produce that starts with intriguing small snacks. The procession continues with a selection of mains designed to showcase Khanh’s prowess at intermingling native Australian and Southeast Asian ingredients, and two desserts laden with Southeast Asian influences. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, includes service. Valid For: 1 - 20 People Thu-Sat 5:30PM-9:30PM

Offer valid until May 1 2021

The Full Sunda Experience $168pp

The Full Sunda Experience - a culinary journey of fine produce that starts with intriguing small snacks. The procession continues with a selection of mains designed to showcase Khanh’s prowess at intermingling native Australian and Southeast Asian ingredients, and two desserts laden with Southeast Asian influences. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, includes service. Valid For: 1 - 20 People Sat 12:30PM-1:30PM

Offer valid until May 1 2021
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