When it comes to classic pub grub, you can't go wrong with fish and chips.
But one Melbourne café’s take on the dish is definitely dividing diners, with Long Story Short in Port Melbourne selling a 'healthier' version of activated charcoal fish and chips.
Despite being prettily plated up with beetroot labneh, salad and chips, the blackened fish dish is taking social media by storm – with some less than keen to try it.
“It looks like a burnt stick to me,” wrote one commenter.
“A turd on a plate,” added another.
Activated charcoal has recently become popular in health circles, with some believing it has detoxifying properties.
However some claim the fish, which has been cooked using batter containing activated charcoal, has minimal health benefits.
“The health benefits of the addition of activated charcoal would be negated by the cooking process / the fats and oils in the food,” wrote one person on Instagram.
Owner Ly Nguyen claims the café has been overwhelmed with positive feedback, despite the haters.
“People are saying ‘This looks like something you’d see at the bottom of a toilet’, but in saying that, the response has been phenomenal. We get loads of people coming in to order the dish, so we knew we had to stick it out,” Ly told news.com.au.
“It tastes like regular fish and chips, it’s nice and crispy on the outside.”