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Charcoal Lane

136 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia
+61 3 9418 3400
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good38%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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136 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An excellent restaurant to taste native food.The food is excellent. The service also excellent. The ambiance very good.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place. Food is amazing, a great way to explore Australia’s indigenous food. Excellent presentation, meat cooked to perfection, very clean and modern premises......but the best thing is that they train indigenous youth to learn how to run a professional restaurant so Please be...More

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Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

The restaurant had a nice ambiance, the service, attentive and reliable and the banquet menu was varied and interesting. The food was a little bland, but well presented and fresh. Worth at least one visit, when looking for interesting places to dine in.

Thank landrtoorak
Reviewed 26 November 2017

What attracted me to this restaurant is not just the use of Indigenous herbs and ingredients in the menu, but also the fact that it trains Indigenous Australians to the trade. And this really adds zest to the experience. The Restaurant is Paradise for carnivores,...More

Thank silvia_frisia
Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

Set Xmas menu with limited choice on offer here. They weren’t quite on their game here today. I had the fish of the day, orange snapper. It was nicely done and well cooked but lacked a bit of flavour. I also had the strawberry, praline...More

Thank TwoSheds57
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

A restaurant that stands out from the crowd. This restaurant has kangaroo sirloin, Crocodile curry with rice, emu salad and wallaby with Parma ham. My wife and I had the crocodile and emu to start and kangaroo and wallaby for main. We also managed to...More

Thank DanielK20
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

I was keen to try charcoal lane due to its uniquely Australian menu in a fine dining setting. I don’t know of other places in Melbourne with emu or crocodile on the menu, besides food truck at the markets. The other ingredients are also native...More

Thank Stupendous82
Reviewed 8 November 2017

This is an excellent place - for the food, for the social enterprise dimension, for the artwork that adorns the walls. I had emu to start, parma wrapped wallaby for a main. All deliciously tender and elegantly prepared. Matched with Shadowfax Minnow (Grenache, Cinsault, Mataro)....More

Thank TempleofPeace
Reviewed 15 October 2017

We loved the idea of this restaurant - both the focus on local ingredients and its ambition to provide training for indigenous youth. The execution was spot on - both the food and the service was excellent. As a family of four (2 adults, 2...More

Thank Ian G
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

We had dinner here due solely to the focus on native ingredients, and it also has a social enterprise approach to staffing that clearly can't be faulted. The idea is to use meats from indigenous animals, and indigenous flora and fauna, in each dish. Interesting!...More

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Fitzroy is an unusual blend of working class roots,
hip gentrification, and a robust bohemian work ethic.
Along Brunswick Street and its side streets, you'll
find little independent shops where local clothes and
furniture designers display their wares. There are
specialist bookshops, funky record bars, and quality
vintage clothing shops where browsing is the next best
thing to buying. Gertrude Street is famous for its
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 136 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Yarra  >  Fitzroy>  > Fitzroy
  • Neighbourhood: Fitzroy
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9418 3400
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