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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

Average price $65 Special request

Chef Greg Hampton recommends…

Macadamia pesto encrusted emu fan fillet

Polenta + black garlic arancini, chickpea, spinach, fire roasted capsicum + lemon myrtle sauce

Twice cooked jimba lamb shoulder

Lemon myrtle red curry, confit shallots, roasted kipflers + coconut soft herb salad

Chargrilled kangaroo fillet

Potato + pepperberry beignet, crispy saltbush, blistered cherry tomatoes, kunzea + red wine reduction

Ratings & Reviews

based on 199 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after making a booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Quality of food :9.1/10
Service :9/10
Setting :8.6/10
  1. Adeline L.
    Adeline L.
    • 3 reviews

    Love the concept of this restaurant

  2. David  R.
    David R.
    • one review

    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

  3. Lilia K.
    Lilia K.
    • one review

    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.

  4. Eddie b.
    Eddie b.
    • 11 reviews

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

  5. Noelene C.
    Noelene C.
    • one review

    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

  6. A A.
    A A.
    • 289 reviews

    Great service

  7. A A.
    A A.
    • 251 reviews

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

  8. A A.
    A A.
    • 283 reviews

    Always a consistently great experience

  9. Niki L.
    Niki L.
    • one review

    A friend suggested we try your establishment and we couldn't have been happier. Outstanding and original food and top notch service. Thank you.

  10. A A.
    A A.
    • 269 reviews

    Our first visit and we thought the food was beautiful. It was nice to experience a chef using native Australian ingredients. The staff are very friendly and attentive. The walls of the restaurant displayed some wonderful indigenous art work with some for sale. We would be happy to return.

  11. Leilei B.
    Leilei B.
    • 2 reviews

    Great food with authentic Australian flavours. Charcoal Lane is just on the city fringe but easy to get to by tram. The bread is baked daily and fresh, together with the dipping condiment was my favourite. Service was prompt and friendly.

  12. A A.
    A A.
    • 288 reviews

    Great concept where you are served authentic and interesting Australian food. The food had been cooked perfectly, especially the bread that changed daily - fantastic use of a variety of Australian herbs and spices.

  13. John H.
    John H.
    • one review

    It was wonderful in every sense. Thank you.

  14. JOHN T.
    JOHN T.
    • one review

    Interesting, delicious dishes, beautifully presented.

  15. A A.
    A A.
    • 293 reviews

    It is great what the restaurant does and I encourage them to keep doing what they do best. Congratulations.

  16. Jennifer H.
    Jennifer H.
    • 9 reviews

    Thank you! Great food, really interesting flavors!

  17. A A.
    A A.
    • 257 reviews

    Thanks for having us! Quite expensive for what we got but the service was lovely.

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 268 reviews

    Warm, friendly relaxing atmosphere and very good service . We will be back !

  19. Stewart J.
    Stewart J.
    • one review

    Imaginative menu of indigenous and Australian native ingredients carefully prepared into excellent dishes. Good service, noisy atmosphere, mediocre coffee but, in sum, a great experience

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 251 reviews

    Delicious, yum, will be back.

More information

How to get to the restaurant

136 Gertrude Street, 3065, Fitzroy, Australia

Directions to get there

Fitzroy, Melbourne City

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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