Gladioli Restaurant – Jo Bites Oz, Part Four

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).

As a guest of Tourism Australia, most of my time was spent in Melbourne (with fellow writers and journalists) previewing the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, which was held in February and March.

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

Gladioli Restaurant
Gladioli Entrance

Watermelon w Beetroot jelly, chèvre mousse, chicken cracker at Gladioli Restaurant
Watermelon with Beetroot Jelly, Chèvre Mousse, Chicken Cracker

Carrots, Raisin, Olive Oil, Chestnut at Gladioli Restaurant
Carrots, Raisin, Olive Oil Powder, Chestnut

Prawn, Mussel, Radish, Miso, Green Tea at Gladioli Restaurant
Prawn, Mussel, Radish, Miso, Green Tea

Pork, Horseradish, Pear, Mustard at Gladioli Restaurant
Pork, Horseradish, Pear, Mustard

Chickpea Croquettes w Radish and Lentils at Gladioli Restaurant
Chickpea Croquettes with Radish and Lentils

Pumpkin Filo at Gladioli Restaurant
Pumpkin Filo

Apple, Scones, Cream at Gladioli Restaurant
Apple, Scones, Cream

Farrside by Far Pinot Noir (2011) at Gladioli Restaurant
Farrside by Far Pinot Noir (2011) at Gladioli Restaurant

Gladioli Restaurant
Strolling through the beautiful back garden

Gladioli Restaurant

Gladioli
14 High Street
Inverleigh VIC 3321
AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 3 5265 1111
Website

Follow the chef on twitter @MattDempseyChef

Gladioli on twitter

Gladioli on FaceBook

All my Gladioli photos on flickr

Read about Chef Dempey’s Tulip restaurant here.

Dining date: 9/11/13 (the meal was gratis).

Many thanks to Melbourne Food and WineTourism AustraliaTourism Victoria

Jo Bites Oz: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

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