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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Lunch @ Charcoal Lane

Charcoal Lane is the result of a partnership between Mission Australia and the Victorian Aboriginal Health service and has been described as the indigenous version of Jamie Oliver's Fifteen©®™

The aim of Charcoal Lane is, in their own words, "to provide the opportunity for Aboriginal and disadvantaged young people to transform their lives through traineeships and apprenticeships". A highly worthwhile objective I'm sure you'd agree.

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The restaurant itself is lovely - clean lines, uncluttered, light and airy with simple yet modern furnishings. The building does date from 1854 but it has adapted well to its renovation. There's also quite a large outside eating area.

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Lovely warm bread rolls have an appealing crispness to their crust while the interior remain soft and fluffy.

For starters:

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It has a wow factor and looks and tastes a treat. The rectangle in the center is beetroot jelly and to its left is beetroot ice cream. The salmon is tender and moist and well flavoured.

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Very tender octopus which speaks for itself.

For mains

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This came to the table a little too close to medium but it was still pretty tender and well flavoured - the quality of the meat was evident.

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The kangaroo was cooked perfectly, moist & tender.

For desert:

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It's a blood orange cake topped with shortbread biscuit and a very good vanilla ice cream.

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Light and refreshing with a great combination of flavours. The cannelloni is made from raspberry jelly and it encases a raspberry mousse - to the side is a superb fruit salad of strawberry and native mint with caramelised rosella flowers

At the moment, Charcoal Lane is still without a liquor license but please don't let that deter you from going - once you taste the food the lack of alcohol shouldn't matter.

The details:

Charcoal Lane
136 Gertrude Street

Phone: 03 9418 3400

Lunch: Daily from 12pm to 3pm
Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm to 11pm


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  1. Every dish looks really well made and beautifullly presented. It is definitely going on my To-Eat list.

    Jetsetting Joyce

  2. Went there for the second time. I love it. And will be back as they change their menu once a month!


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