The Canberra Centre is gearing up to launch a 12-outlet dining and drinking destination in the coming months.

Tiger Lane is a hawker-inspired concept led by former Sake (Hunter St. Hospitality, previously Rockpool Dining Group) chef Shaun Presland, who has returned to Australia after time in London.

“When I first heard about it, I knew I needed to be involved,” he says. “We’re currently working on the menus and can’t wait to get the first venue at Tiger Lane open soon.

“Tiger Lane is and will be one of the most exciting food experiences in Australia.”

The 200sqm space will see outlets specialise in Japanese, Korean, Chinese and South-East Asian cuisines.

Venues will open in stages, with the first slated to launch later this year.

Former Trippas White Group general manager Bela Klover will take on the same role at Tiger Lane, with Darling Crackles’ Craig Macindoe (former GM of Spice Alley and Kensington Street) also coming on board to work in operations.

While Tiger Lane’s food and beverage outlets are in the works, Presland will give locals a taste of what’s to come with the Test Kitchen, which will see the chef run cooking classes and host private events.

The space will open on 26 August with an $85 set menu available Thursday to Saturday evenings from 6pm.

Presland was the launch chef of the former Rockpool Dining Group’s Sake restaurant and worked as Sake’s group executive chef for six years.

The chef briefly exited the group, returning in 2017 for two years until he moved to London where he took on an executive chef position at Pacific, a private company “with a large ambition to compete in the contemporary Japanese dining scene”.

Presland confirmed his return to the local dining scene as Tiger Lane’s precinct executive chef earlier this month.

“Taki restaurant will open in October, Inari a month or so later, as well a sushi and ramen takeaway,” he told Good Food.

Official opening dates for Tiger Lane’s restaurants to come.