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About Gingerboy

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.

27-29 Crossley Street
Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Asian

Hours of operation:
Lunch: Sunday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Dress code:
Smart Casual

Price range:
$41 to $100

Payment options:
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(03) 9662 4200

Website:
http://www.gingerboy.com.au/

Parking Details:
street parking - bourke or little bourke streets

Public Transport:
parliament station or bourke street trams

Executive Chef:
Teage Ezard

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
$83 banquet menu required for tables of 6 - 20 guests. Private cocktail parties available for up to 50 guests.

Gingerboy Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.5

Service

4.3

Ambience

4.1

Value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Bar Seating (20)
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Worth the Drive (19)
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Seasonal (11)
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People Watching (6)
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·Dined on 9 November 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
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·Dined on 1 November 2017

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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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
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·Dined on 27 September 2017

A very enjoyable tasting for our anniversary. Highly recommended

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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Food3
Ambience3
Service3
Value2

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 26 September 2017

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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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 22 September 2017

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.

Tags: Spicy, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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Food3
Ambience2
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on 16 September 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Spicy
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value2

 
·Dined on 12 September 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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Food3
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on 8 September 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
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·Dined on 2 September 2017

Fantastic service and the food is always incredible.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fun, Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 1 September 2017

The food and service were fantastic would definatley return

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 1 September 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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Food1
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Service4
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·Dined on 26 August 2017

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.

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Food3
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on 24 August 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 16 August 2017

Fabulous - great food and service. Fantastic restaurant.

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Food5
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Value4

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 15 August 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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Food5
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Service5
Value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on 14 August 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 13 August 2017

Friendly service, delicious food, reasonable price for the quality

Tags: Spicy, Fun, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch
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Food4
Ambience5
Service5
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 13 August 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on 11 August 2017

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.

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Food4
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Service2
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·Dined on 11 August 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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Food4
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Service3
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 9 August 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find
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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 9 August 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Spicy
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Food5
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·Dined on 5 August 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Authentic, Romantic, Hot Spot
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Food5
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·Dined on 5 August 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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Food4
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Service4
Value4

 
 (Brisbane / QLD)·Dined on 4 August 2017

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

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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Food4
Ambience5
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Value3

 
·Dined on 3 August 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, People Watching, Special Occasion
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Food5
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Service5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 2 August 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Cozy
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Food5
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·Dined on 29 July 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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Food3
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·Dined on 28 July 2017

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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Food2
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Service1
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·Dined on 28 July 2017

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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Food5
Ambience4
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·Dined on 26 July 2017

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

Tags: Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Vegan
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Food5
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·Dined on 25 July 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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Food5
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·Dined on 24 July 2017

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

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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Food5
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·Dined on 22 July 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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Food4
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·Dined on 22 July 2017

My second visit to Gingerboy, and was the perfect choice for a relaxed by still special dinner. Started off the night with a couple of fantastic cocktails, and made the wise decision to try the banquet. The wonderfully helpful and friendly staff take you in hand, and present you with many courses of tasty, well balanced dishes bursting with flavour. Favourite dish was the whole baby Snapper, with the best coconut rice I've had, expertly balanced out by tamarind sauce and fresh fennel and mandarin salad. Fitting in the dessert plate was a challenge, but one worth accepting. Lively atmosphere, so perhaps not the place for a quiet, intimate meal, but definitely for a fun night with delicious food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on 22 July 2017

Loved the food. A la carte seemed better option for us. Desert sharing was yum too. Restaurant temperature inside was way too hot. Loved the cocktails

Tags: Spicy, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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Food3
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Service4
Value3

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 22 July 2017

A great spot which is pretty consistent as far as food and drink is concerned. I wasn't as thrilled with the winter menu has I have been with the summer aligned menu in the past, but you can't help seasonality. Maybe it's the fresher flavours of Asian food which suit my palate better. Service was wonderful, can't fault it.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 21 July 2017

Generous entries- didn't really need mains. Great share plates, yum!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 19 July 2017

Great selection on the menu. Staff were attentive to our request. .ie we had limited dine in time. ..so the food came quite quickly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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Food4
Ambience5
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 15 July 2017

I would have preferred the option to choose the banquet meal instead of the waitress deciding

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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