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Gladioli
Modern Australian
Gladioli
-38.10029,144.059129

In the blink-and-you'll-miss-it town of Inverleigh, Matt Dempsey has created a dining drawcard in Gladioli. Housed in a weatherboard cottage, this rural retreat lures Geelong locals and road-tripping Melbourne folk for languid weekend lunches. White-clothed tables are dotted among the art-filled dining rooms, manned by engaging staff. Fittingly, local heroes such as Bannockburn dominate the concise wine list. Dempsey's staunchly seasonal dégustations might kick off with a dish of char-grilled zucchini, snow pea purée and house-made ricotta. The crab-studded sushi rice, with shiso, nori and crunchy puffs of wild rice, is similarly restrained. Bigger flavours follow: a tranche of pink duck breast emboldened by earthy beetroot, tangy plum and a dusting of too-sweet chocolate. Subtlety returns in a dessert of honey and almond ice-cream, fig-leaf granita and berries. Not every dish soars, but it's a solid experience. 


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • Dégustations $90-$120

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Matthew Dempsey

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