It's hard to keep up with chef Charlie Carrington. His South Yarra restaurant Atlas changes its focus every four months (right now, he's cooking dishes inspired by America's deep south), but his casual side hustle, a canteen selling lunch bowls, has proved just as restless.
Originally launched as Colours by Atlas in early 2018, the Commercial Road canteen sold Mexican, Israeli and Vietnamese-inspired bowls. By May this had become Colours Kitchen with a narrowed focus on modern-Israli trays (salads, chicken and hummus) and stuffed pitas.
Next, Carrington went all vegan and opened a second store at ELLA food precinct in Melbourne Central called Colours Bowls. Less than two months later he has ditched the plant-based doctrine, reverting to a mod-Israeli menu serving chicken, trout and lamb alongside falafel and eggplant as trays and in pitas.
Both the Commercial Road and ELLA stores are now trading as Lomah, while Carrington is still considering the future of a third store, originally slated for the 80 Collins development.