Food and Drink

What To Eat At Chef Adam D’Sylva’s Restaurants

Coda, Tonka, Lollo, and Baco Gelato. He's been busy.

Chef Adam D'Sylva on the set of Masterchef Australia.
Photo: Instagram @adamdsylvachef

In Melbourne, Adam D’Sylva needs little introduction. Even if you’re not familiar with the name, you’ll definitely be familiar with his Flinders Lane restaurants Tonka, and Coda, as well as his latest restaurant at W Melbourne, Lollo.

Adam D’Sylva’s apprentiveship kicked off at Hilton on the Park in Melbourne, before working at South Yarra celebrity haunt, Cosi. His experience working in restaurants throughout Europe, and Asia has rounded out his expertise in every aspect of cooking.

Before heading up Tonka, Coda, and Lollo, D’Sylva worked at Melbourne’s Peal Restaurant, he was the first head chef at iconic Little Bourke Street restaurant, Longrain, and also worked with Thomas Keller at Per Se in New York City.

A dish at Adam D'Sylva's restaurant, Coda on Flinders Lane.
Photo: Instagram @codamelbourne


Inspired by chef Adam D’Sylva’s travels around the world, Coda’s menu is ‘designed with a passion for balanced flavours, seasonality and innovation in mind’ and is built around his love of Asian flavours.

Highlights of Coda’s menu include the tempura bugs served with Roy Choi’s kimchi, and served with a chilli salt and garlic soy dipping sauce. It’s hard to choose a favourite among the mains, with steak, roaster barramundi, Japanese curry, and a roasted yellow duck curry all featuring, and all outstanding.

Indian-inspired dishes at Adam D'Sylva's restaurant, Tonka.
Photo: Instagram @tonkarestaurant


Where Coda focusses on Asian flavours, Tonka points to Adam D’Sylva’s Indian heritage with its menu. The restaurant has two tandoor ovens in its kitchen which is where the magic happens.

Tonka’s menu is set up similar to Coda, with smaller, in-between, and bigger items featuring heavily, as well as a part of the menu for dishes straight from the tandoor such as paneer tikka, mustard chicken tikka, spatchcock, and trout.

Duck lasagne at Adam D'Sylva's restaurant, Lollo at W Melbourne.
Photo: Instagram @lollo_melbourne


Lollo is the newest restaurant to be influenced by D’Sylva’s experience. Opening in early 2021, Lollo is situated in the Marriott’s latest hotel in Melbourne, W Melbourne.

Lollo is there for you any time of day, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner all covered. Expect a la carte breakfast alongside breakfast pizza, and egg dosas. A highlight would have to be the chilli scrambled egg with roti. Other dishes to look out for during the day include duck lasagne, and red duck curry.

Gelato cups at Boca Gelato in Ivanhoe, Victoria.
Photo: Instagram @boca_gelato

Boca Gelato

Boca Gelato is D’Sylva’s latest venue, a gelato shop in Ivanhoe, Victoria. D’Sylva has opened Boca Gelato in collab with pastry chef Monika Frkovic.

Expect Italian flavours at Boca with some others added to the mix. Pistachio, coffee, and others sit next to pink bubblegum flavour.

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Food and Drink

Red Rooster Is Serving Free Chicken and Piping Hot Cash This Christmas in July

Get your early dose of festive cheer.

Red Rooster Christmas in July
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The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.

From June 29 – July 31, 2023, Red Rooster is serving up free food items, a chance to win $10,000 or one of 10 merch packs valued at $400 and other fun prizes. All you have to do is sign up as a Red Royalty member and spend $5 on at a location near you or online.

Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.

Spoiler alert: you can get 10 chicken nuggets for free, right now. Brb running to Red Rooster.

Terms and conditions apply. Visit Red Rooster’s Christmas in July to see all the deals.


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