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Meet the Chef

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Greg Hampton

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.

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dined on Fri, 6 Sep 2019

Thank you! Great food, really interesting flavors!

dined on Sat, 10 Aug 2019

We were really impressed with the whole set up food/drinks/ service. We especially found the explanation about the trainees by the management very helpful and if there was a tiny hiccup it didn’t matter because we knew they were learning. We’re definitely coming back! Good work.

dined on Sat, 13 Jul 2019

What a great experience. Cam was the consummate professional and made the evening a huge success. The food delivered new taste sensations at every turn and had our northern neighbours revelling in the cuisine delights of Melbourne. Would recommend anyone who is looking for a new experience to try this venue

dined on Wed, 10 Jul 2019

Had an amazing lunch. Great atmosphere and really attentive service.
Leila Rozario

dined on Sat, 15 Jun 2019

A wonderful experience. A must go place to experience the indigenous flavours and support the community

dined on Sat, 11 May 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed everything about it. Unique food and preparation. Excellent service. Well priced. Great philosophy behind the enterprise..
Fabrizio Fontana

dined on Wed, 24 Apr 2019

Good and traditional aboriginal dinner. Little expensive but it must be tried
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About Charcoal Lane

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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