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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.
Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000
Hours of operation:
Lunch: Sunday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
$41 to $100
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
(03) 9662 4200
street parking - bourke or little bourke streets
parliament station or bourke street trams
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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....
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
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.
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.
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