Fodor's Expert Review Charcoal Lane

$$ Fitzroy Australian

This restaurant could be described as taking a leaf from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's book. It is a social enterprise restaurant providing vulnerable young people with an opportunity to transform their lives by gaining a traineeship in the restaurant business. Named after a song by acclaimed Aboriginal singer/songwriter Archie Roach, it is housed in the former health service community center, dubbed Charcoal Lane by the many Aboriginal people, who for decades would drop in and swap stories and wisdom. The menu includes many Australian bushland ingredients, and the dishes have an Aboriginal influence. They might include starters of wild foraged mushroom consommé or a wild food tasting plate of native produce. Mains include wallaby wrapped in Parma ham and twice-cooked saltbush lamb with rivermint. Desserts also have a "bush tucker" influence.

Australian Sophisticated Lunch Dinner $$ Flight Centre

Quick Facts

136 Gertrude St.
Melbourne, Victoria  3065, Australia

03-9235–9200

www.charcoallane.com.au

Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

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