Gingerboy

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707 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Nestled in the bustling theatre precinct sits the home of Melbourne’s favourite hawker-style street food. Over 10 years, Gingerboy has become a laneway icon, along with the Australian freestyle cuisine Chef Teage Ezard has become known for.

With fresh produce and protein at the forefront, Gingerboy has become known for small bites like mushroom dumplings and scallop sui mai, as well as sharing plates such as the red duck leg curry and whole fried fish. Cocktails are never an afterthought, perfectly blended with their own unique take on the Asian fusion style, and given a home away from home at Gingerboy Upstairs.
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.4
Food
4.3
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.0
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davidH
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our group of 6 friends thoroughly enjoyed our booking for The Melbourne Food & Wine
Restaurant Express lunch. Food was delicious . Wine was excellent also.
Two of the group had dietary issues which were handled discreetly by the waiting staff. Staff friendly,welcoming & attentive to our needs. We all agreed that we would come back to Gingerboy again.

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RobertM
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food is great I have been here 6 or 7 times now when I’m in Melbourne. Not a huge fan of the beer selection, but otherwise everything is great!

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
9 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Bold tastes and attentive service always make this a great dining experience

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Sally
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2018
Overall1Food4Service2Ambience3

I've NEVER left a bad review, but the other day at Gingerboy it was a disaster.

Reserved a table via Open Table for a birthday occasion. When we showed up, was told that no booking existed (even though I had email and mobile confirmations) because the system doesn't link with the restaurant.

Waited 30 mins, finally they placed us upstairs but the top floor had total lack of service and managed by the most slow paced downbeat bartender (perhaps the lack of staff upstairs forcing him to serve is making him hate his job?) Worst menu explanation too, sounded almost like he has never dined in the restaurant.

Guests were getting annoyed with the attitude and no service, we complained and luckily was able to be moved downstairs with the other diners. From then on the night was fine and the staff a LOT nicer, attentive and gasps - actually smiling!

Almost ruined a special occasion. Gingerboy, what happened? You used to be on my list for top Melbourne restaurants. If the online booking system doesn't work, then don't use it. If your staff needs support, re-evaluate your capacity. Highly highly disappointed. Will definitely not visit anymore, especially not for special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gingerboy is my go-to restaurant for international guests. It never disappoints with its amazing flavors and food presentation. The staff and friendly and attentive, but not intrusive.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2017
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience1

We booked online to entertain friends from interstate thru Opentable. Our reservation was not actioned, despite receiving a confirmation email and a text the day prior. Very nice staff contacted us apologising for the mishap. I was extremely impressed with Gingerboys attempts to recover the situation but there was no outcome as only slot available now was 2045. Our original reservation was at 1845. We had spaghetti bolognaise at home. We were left very very disappointed as a result of a booking malfunction during the xmas season. And yes, it was my husbands birthday.

HM
HugM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience1

Maybe we went on an off night. We had been told about the pedigree of Gingerboy and its reputation since opening has been obvious. Despite requesting to sit in main restaurant, we were put upstairs and this was like a dead zone. No atmosphere, no music. We asked for the Four Pillars special Prosecco cocktail. It hadn't been mixed properly - more like layered, so needed furious stirring by all at table to get to taste properly. We ordered the $90 banquet, including the Wagyu. It was a lot of food - lots of fried things at the start to fill you up, the waitress was great - and really took us through the journey of what was on each plate. But when she went on break, the next waitress couldn't care and dumped food and ran! and the plates came at random times - sometimes long waits, sometimes quick. The best part of the banquet came in the last courses, but by that stage we were too full. Not one dish was a standout or must have. The Wagyu was only 4 slices of beef, and couldn't taste any sauce on it. The duck leg red curry was served with corn balls - but the waitress suggested dipping in curry sauce to give them flavour?
I think in short, we turned up on a night when Gingerboy was not in top form. I can't think of any particular reason to return because neither food nor service (except the one waitress) was anything special - a shame

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Once again, the Gingerboy team deliver an exceptional foodie experience that was a treat for a new and past diner equally!

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A very enjoyable tasting for our anniversary. Highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2017
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience3

Initially had no record of our booking but accommodated us quickly. Decor feels a little dated and I was disappointed with the food. It tasted good but is not in the same caliber as other modern-Asian CBD counterparts. Feed me menu is more pricey than others in the area. Don't think I will return in a hurry.

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TheSquirrel
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Special occasion. 80th birthday. Food was brilliant. Staff wonderful. We have never had a bad night at Gingerboy ... or even an average night. It is always brilliant.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2017
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

The food was okay but as Asian flavour fans, we were a bit disappointed - nothing 'wowed' us. We went early, 6.30pm Saturday night, expecting it to be quiet, but there was a significant pre-show element as it is near a theatre, so it was full. As there are many tables, that means crowded and busy busy. We prefer a tad quieter and less squashy. The best part was the service, which was attentive and thoughtful, definitely above average. The offer to create a banquet with your tastes in mind, is a great idea.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Magnificent food - very expsensive... $300 plus per couple, but worth it on very special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

The bar staff were good and really creative with cocktails - made based on what flavours you liked. Did not disappoint.
Starter and Entree were delicious - really really tasty, however let down by the main. We ordered the Wagyu Beef Rendang and expected a thick, unctuous rendang where the meat had been cooked / basting in for several hours - however it was simply wagyu beef (which was nice) with a rendang sauce poured over it. A bit dissapointing and wouldn't eat again. Dessert was nice. Service was great, and excellent selection of wine.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2017
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic service and the food is always incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service were fantastic would definatley return

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Best gin cocktail I've ever had. Superb food, with great recommendations from staff re pairings of dishes for each course. Very very good restaurant.

MB
MarsB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2017
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience1

Service was mostly good but waitress was unclear about the banquet menu, referring to it as being: A set three course meal; a flexible range of dishes to suit our tastes; a fixed selection of dishes. We ordered a la carté. Quail was outstanding, succulently cooked & served with simple and delicious accompaniment. That's it. Noisy, horrible plastic chairs that you slide off of, tempura cuttlefish was soggy, overwhelmed by salt and accompaniments were dry and extremely salty, snapper that was dry, overcooked and had a sauce that was like pure shrimp paste. Why? I hate paying almost $60 for wagyu I can't chew. When I told the waitress, she said sorry and then said she could pass on the info. Dessert share plate was interesting and not bad value but our meal was ruined by then and we left hungry and feeling like we'd wasted a special evening as well as lots of money. I cannot believe some reviews. This place is way overpriced and overrated. Maybe better for snacking.

DB
DianneB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2017
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

We have been to Gingerboy a number of times and usually love the food. Seemed like the chef has changed as our favourite dishes weren't up to the previous standard. Son in law eggs were soft on the outside instead of crunchy, chicken ribs were sweaty and not crisp like they had been heated in a microwave. Disappointing as we used to love this place. Sadly much better options in the city now.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous - great food and service. Fantastic restaurant.

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SallyW
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I dined with my family and we had a lovely evening. The food was creative and delicious and the service friendly but professional. Highly recommended.

IH
IngridH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Have been before and it never disappoints. Fabulous food, friendly and helpful staff and great ambience. It was quieter than usual but for us that was great. Maybe Mondays are a quieter time of the week but it helped in conversation and relaxation. GingerBoy is one of the best restaurants in Melbourne.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly service, delicious food, reasonable price for the quality

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FionaM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2017
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service particularly at the bar and with a free bottle of champagne given for my birthday it was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Meals were beautiful, fresh and tasty…make sure you enjoy chilli, in a good way!! Try to book or just enjoy some time at the bar.

PC
PandC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2017
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

This is our second time to Ginger Boy. After our first experience upstairs we looked forward to trying the downstairs restaurant - unfortunately this has changed our mind on the restaurant.

We found the restaurant and staff unfriendly. On entering the restaurant it is not obvious which way to go and the bar staff completely ignored us not even taking the time to point the way whilst they eat dumplings. Service of everything from drinks through to the food was slow. One share dish was delivered well after we finished the other dishes and only arrived after prompting staff on two occasions, no apology or explanation was offered however we did receive an unprompted complimentary salad.

The food is very nicely cooked and full of flavor and if the staff and surroundings improved we would consider this to be a wonderful restaurant and worth the value however as we experienced it a good Asian restaurant around the corner would be a better prospect.

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Alison
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2017
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Good food. Service a bit confused but friendly. Good location for our hotel. Late night opening.

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trhg
Melbourne / VIC
14 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2017
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent pre-theatre meal. The standards here are consistent & the food delicious. Service friendly & efficient

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was one of the best dining experiences I have had. We had the banquet and we were very happy with all the dishes. It was so delicious! We were blown away by the desserts, I was expecting a fruit platter haha.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A truly memorable gastronomical experience. Whether you are an Asian food enthusiast or not this restaurant is sure to change your mind about how magnificent it can be.
A taste sensation and a real dining experience that goes to the next level.
Spoil yourself and have the banquet.

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STEPANCIC5
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Fresh ingredients and delious flavours ,good service busy place ,must book in .

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2017
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Good restaurant to go to in Melbourne if you are looking at good fusion food. The menu had some good choices and some of the menu items quite creative.
The waiters and waitress were quite friendly and helpful.
Need to watch the prices a bit a some of the prices are above ones charged by similar restaurants

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Madeleine
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service! Would love to go back again!

EG
ExpressoGirl
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a joy to dine at Ginger Boy - the staff were attentive, food delicious and plentiful and cocktails sublime.

Perfect venue for pre theatre or just to enjoy great food.

J
Joreview
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2017
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Food wasn't bad, but nothing to rave about.
Ordered the son in law eggs well done as I'm pregnant. The waitress said the chef wouldn't do them well done so we only ordered 2 for my partner. Waitress said everything else was suitable or could be amended. We ordered the quail and she didn't mention anything about needing to alter it. The quail came out rear (actually pretty much roar in parts) and the eggs came out well done....

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Eatsleepraverepeat
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2017
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Food was okay but definitely overpriced. Had a Wagyu beef brisket rendang which had 5 Chunks of beef (more fat than meat) and some sweet potato for 40 dollars. Gingerboy used to be great but now I struggle looking at the menu and being enticed by the offerings. Service was great. The overall ambiance in the room was too loud, found myself shouting just to have a conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My lunch guest was my niece from Brisbane. I chose Gingerboy because of its location in a Melbourne lane, its great reputation and I knew that it offered a variety of vegetarian dishes to suit her food preference. I was not disappointed. Although we had an early lunch there were other diners enjoying themselves around us. The staff were helpful and the food was delicious. I look forward to a return visit to sample some of the meat dishes. They sounded wonderful too. J

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Booked for a pre-theatre dinner on recommendation from my daughter and son-in-law.
And it lived up to their ravings!!!
Food was brilliant. Staff were knowledgeable and friendly.
Looking forward to our next meal there.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2017
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Their new dessert menu was divine. We highly recommend the dessert tasting plate for two. Each mini dessert was like a culinary masterpiece.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved Gingerboy! The food was amazing, we went with the banquet option so got a huge selection of dishes and the kitchen were happy to accommodate all our various preferences. Was a fantastic night.

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Gingerboy is rated 4.4 stars by 707 OpenTable diners.