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Charcoal Lane

9.1/10
223

Average price $65

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Meet the Chef

Executive Chef, Greg Hampton has been passionate about growing and using native Australian ingredients for over 25 years. Drawing on his extensive experience, Greg shows students how to use contemporary cooking techniques to create a truly modern menu befitting Melbourne’s ever diverse and discerning culinary scene. During the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s 2018 Royal Tour, Greg and the Charcoal Lane trainees had the honour of plating up food for their royal highnesses.

Restaurant menu

Chef Greg Hampton
  • Average price $65 Special request
Macadamia pesto encrusted emu fan fillet
$36
Twice cooked jimba lamb shoulder
$32
Chargrilled kangaroo fillet
$32
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Ratings & Reviews

Excellent

9.1/10
based on 223 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after making a booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Quality of food :9.2/10
Service :9.3/10
Setting :8.8/10
  1. Nathan D.
    Nathan D.
    • one review
    10/10

    I initially came to the restaurant as I thought it was a typical steak venue. I was a little taken back by the menu as it had things I wouldn’t otherwise order. It turned out to be amazing! It was a hybrid of unique spices, figs and delicacy meats from around Australia. It’s a very unique experience and I would definitely do it again!

  2. Gene R.
    Gene R.
    • one review
    10/10

    Fantastic service - welcoming warm and informative about the menu . Every course absolutely first class - so well designed and presented - so flavoursome and lovely portions . A wonderful experience .

  3. Grace M.
    Grace M.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    We visited charcoal lane last night for a birthday dinner and were very intrigued by the place and were not disappointed! The service was lovely, the show was ran by just two staff who made us feel very welcome. We are both vegetarian but were curious to try the walliby, emu and croc which we did and it was all beautifully presented, tasty, delicate where necessary and fulfilling also. A must do experience for sure and worth the price! Thanks so much to the lovely lady who served us despite our somewhat silly questions :)

  4. Norma J.
    Norma J.
    • one review
    10/10

    Chose for my birthday dinner,loved every morsel we didn’t Just eat we dined. Friends were very envious when we described our meal on Facebook. We look forward to returning with friends and working our way through the rest of the menu.

  5. Idan M.
    Idan M.
    • one review
    10/10

    The place is great. We loved the food, the service and the cocktails! The Southside cocktail was a hit. (all 3 of them :)). If you want to try something a bit different, we would definitely recommend this restaurant.

  6. Emily S.
    Emily S.
    • one review
    10/10

    Wonderful atmosphere. Great service - excellent balance between explaining the food and helping us through the menu and letting be to catch up with one another. FANTASTIC FOOD - we all got different things and it was amazing.

  7. Daniel T.
    Daniel T.
    • 7 reviews
    10/10

    We went a week post COVID lockdown so the diners were well spaced out, however the restaurant still felt very warm. The service was absolutely incredible and our waiter was so fun and personable. Food was beautifully cooked and presented. Highly recommend the emu fillet.

  8. Alice Z.
    Alice Z.
    • 2 reviews
    6.5/10

    good service,lovely atmosphere,food is really so so…nothing impressive,wont come Again… I have no feeling to try any other thing on the menu…

  9. Peter S.
    Peter S.
    • 2 reviews
    8.5/10

    Loved the ambience and service although room temp setting on a nice balmy warm evening was a bit low - didn’t need to feel cool! Imaginative menu and food combinations, and great to see inclusion of native plants, fruits and seeds in nearly all dishes. Although flavours were excellent and the meats were cooked very nicely, I felt both the wallaby and emu were slightly stringy; probably more a feature of the game itself.

  10. Judith H.
    Judith H.
    • 3 reviews
    10/10

    Stunning AUSTRALIAN food in a welcoming environment and great location with amazing staff and a sensational chef. We will be back gain and again.

  11. Nina H.
    Nina H.
    • one review
    10/10

    This is my second visit to charcoal lane and the experience was just as good as the first. Top service, knowledge of the menu and food was A1. Will keep coming back.

  12. Lyn R.
    Lyn R.
    • one review
    10/10

    The food and service were wonderful. Incredible flavours and presentation. Nice to have a meal where everything is a bit different (but a real delight!) from what you're used to. Couldn't fault it! Already making plans for another visit!

  13. Adeline L.
    Adeline L.
    • 4 reviews
    7/10

    Love the concept of this restaurant

  14. David  R.
    David R.
    • one review
    5/10

    wish I could be more positive. perhaps I ordered poorly (I hope that is all it was) but my polenta dish looked unappetising and tasted pretty damn awful

  15. Lilia K.
    Lilia K.
    • one review
    10/10

    A gastronomical experience. All the details are well attended to and the quality impeccable. Couldn't ask for better presentation, service, atmosphere or food--with a message and for a cause.

  16. Eddie b.
    Eddie b.
    • 11 reviews
    8.5/10

    The food was good, above average for sure, a few glitches but overall a nice experience

  17. Noelene C.
    Noelene C.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    This the the second time dinning at charcoal lane and it didn’t disappoint.. the food is fabulous and I love the use of native ingredients, so different and a real treat. Keep up the amazing work you all do. Thank you

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 289 reviews
    8/10

    Great service

  19. A A.
    A A.
    • 251 reviews
    9.75/10

    It was a great night! Excellent food and excellent service - we'll definitely be back!

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 283 reviews
    10/10

    Always a consistently great experience

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How to get to the restaurant

136 Gertrude Street, 3065, Fitzroy (VIC), Australia, RestaurantAddress

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About the restaurant

Good Food, Great Cause You may come to Charcoal Lane to support Mission Australia in this socially-minded restaurant that provides guidance and opportunities for young people. But you’ll come back again for the fantastic modern food and the hip ambiance as well. Executive chef Greg Hampton is passionate about using native Australian ingredients in contemporary ways, and that passion translates directly to the plate. The seasonal menu at Charcoal Lane thoughtfully presents a variety of Australian vegetables, herbs and produce in ways you’d never dreamed of. It’s a way of sharing the story of the Australian land and environment. Food and people come together in joyful ways at Charcoal Lane, and that’s what it’s all about really. The restaurant strives to create life-changing experiences for youth by providing them with leadership and mentoring. In the process, diners get to enjoy a seriously delicious meal in a superb Fitzroy setting. Check it out. We’re pretty sure you’ll be back again. Best Dish: chargrilled kangaroo sirloin

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