Would you eat activated charcoal fish and chips?

When it comes to classic pub grub, you can't go wrong with fish and chips.

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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.

Long Story Short sells activated charcoal fish and chips

Melbourne cafe Long Story Short is selling the activated charcoal dish for $19. Photo: Facebook

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 fish and chips dish causes uproar on Instagram.

The cafe prides itself on its original take on dishes. Photo: Facebook

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.

Long Story Short fairyfloss burger and activated charcoal fish and chips

Faced with this brunch spread - including a fairyfloss burger! - which would you choose? Photo: Facebook

“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.

Cafe's charcoal fish and chips.

'Overwhelmed by the love and wonderful feedback from those who have tried our Activated Charcoal Fish & Chips' the cafe captioned this snap. Photo: Instagram

“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.”

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