Melbourne is known for being a food-lover’s paradise and the Victorian capital has more than its fair share of cutting-edge restaurants. However, there is one particular team of chefs and restauranteurs that is dominating the food scene in Melbourne. They are Adam D’Sylva, Mykal Bartholomew and Kate Bartholomew, and between them they run the two hatted restaurants, Coda and Tonka.
D’Sylva, co-owner and head chef of Coda and Tonka, is an awarding-winning chef with extensive experience in the industry. Influenced by his mother, who was a passionate chef, D’Sylva says that food was at the core of his Indian and Italian upbringing.
Previously, D’Sylva has worked at Cosi, Longrain, and restaurants in Asia and Europe. He believes in creating dishes that allow the ingredients to stand out by using fresh, seasonal produce. Where possible, his restaurants use organic or free range ingredients sourced locally.
Bartholomew is the co-owner of Coda and Tonka, and the bar at Coda reflects his belief in the importance of a bar that offers good eating options. He worked at the respected MoVida and MoVida Next Door before entering his partnership with chef D’Sylva.
Kate Bartholomew, wife of Mykal Bartholomew, is the General Manager and co-owner of the two restaurants. Her experience in the food and hospitality industries began in her teens, and she has previously worked at Taxi. She has a strong passion for interior design and believes a unique approach to layout and decor is an important aspect in any restaurant’s success.
Coda opened in 2009 and offers an eclectic Asian-French menu. Its relaxed approach, minimalist fit-out, and innovative menu has ensured that this restaurant remains popular with crowds of all ages. Tonka opened in 2013 and features an upmarket Indian menu and dining and bar spaces.