Over the past few years a once non-descript stretch of High Street in Prahran, has been slowly transforming into a hub for good eating, with the likes of The Smith, Hanoi Hannah, Franco Choo and Huxtaburger quickly gaining a steady following.
The new kid on the block is Charlie Dumpling, the sophisticated, modern-Asian hangout that’s a step up from street eats, a step down from fine dining, and a welcome addition to the neighbourhood.
This seemingly small space in fact seats approximately 60 indoors, at the bar and outdoors. With bright orange tabletops set against bare brick and monochrome illustrations by Raphael Rizzo, this is a place that's fresh and cool without taking itself too seriously.
It’s named after the sons of owners David and Nina Hummerston and Leon and Alissa Burman who each have a Charlie, and while the ‘dumpling’ part may suggest this place is a one-trick wonder, chef Dylan Roberts’s (Cutler & Co., Claremont Tonic) menu proves otherwise.
There’s a range of small bites, salads and grilled skewers to enjoy over drinks, but also a range of inventive savoury and sweet dumplings, such as the snapper, chili, lime and black bean, or the doughnut dumpling with lychee, rosewater and coconut to dine on beneath the craypots dangling from the ceiling. The specialty cocktails are bang-on as well, making this the perfect spot for a fun night out, any night of the week.
184 High Street, Prahran
(03) 9510 4213
Daily 6pm to late
Lunch begins February 4, opening from 12pm to late.