Mission Australia social enterprise restaurant Charcoal Lane has gained recognition, featuring on ABC's Radio National’s First Bite program and being awarded a Diner's Choice award.
 
A Melbourne restaurant by day and night, Charcoal Lane also operates as a Mission Australia program providing support, and on-the-job hospitality industry skills and training for Aboriginal youth.
 
Radio National Presenter Michael McKenzie visited the Gertrude Street eatery and sampled the new menu while chatting with trainees and Head Chef Greg Hampton.
 
The interview gave Greg an opportunity to speak about his innovative menu that has been designed to introduce diners to traditional native Australian ingredients including finger lime, crocodile and quandong.
 
The program also focused on our unique traineeship program, with some insights into how working at Charcoal Lane helps many to feel more connected to and take pride their Aboriginal heritage.
 
The restaurant is often recognised for its social impact, but this week it is celebrating being recognised for its food, having been awarded the Dimmi Diner’s Choice Award for top rated Modern Australian restaurant in February 2014.
 
Over 300,000 diners reviewed restaurants providing feedback on their gastronomic experiences via our online booking partner, Dimmi. In a city like Melbourne with more cafes and restaurants per capita than anywhere in the world, receiving an award that is decided by the dining public is high praise indeed. Congratulations Charcoal Lane!
 
To see our new Autumn menu or make a booking visit www.charcoallane.com.au. You can also stay up to date with our news by following us on Facebook or Twitter.