For the past few months I’ve been sharing photos from my wonderful trip to Australia here on the blog. Previous “Jo Bites Oz” posts include a Virgin Australia surprise upgrade (part 1), spectacular salmon in Melbourne (part 2) and a caffeinated Coffee and Café Culture Tour (part 3).
An excursion to the Bellarine Peninsula included a beautiful lunch at Gladioli Restaurant, in the sleepy township of Inverleigh. It’s only an hour’s drive from Melbourne (just 20 minutes west of Geelong) and definitely worth experiencing if you’re planning a trip Down Under.
Chef Matt Dempsey’s food at Gladioli is described as “modern Australian” with a “focus on local produce”. He began cooking at seventeen and his lengthy work experience includes a stint at Heston Blumenthal’s renowned Fat Duck in Bray, England. Numerous awards include best new regional restaurant in the 2013 The Age Good Food Guide.
Jo Bites Oz, Part 4
PHOTOS from lunch (5-course tasting menu) at Gladioli Restaurant
14 High Street
Inverleigh VIC 3321
Tel: +61 3 5265 1111
Follow the chef on twitter @MattDempseyChef
All my Gladioli photos on flickr
Read about Chef Dempey’s Tulip restaurant here.
Dining date: 9/11/13 (the meal was gratis).