Restaurant Guide

Igni: Restaurant review

Finding one of Victoria’s best restaurants in Geelong CBD’s backblocks would’ve once been in the realm of fantasy, but Aaron Turner has made it fact.

Address

Ryan Pl, Geelong, Vic

Hours

Lunch Fri-Sun noon-2pm
Dinner Thu-Sat 6pm-9pm

Prices

Dégustations $150

Those who suffer food envy may need to steel themselves at Igni because no two tables at this brilliant little woodfired gem in a Geelong CBD back street are served alike. Sure, you might be enjoying a dish of crisp Jerusalem artichoke topped with slivers of scallops hiny under a full-bodied chicken glaze, or ribbons of fire-dried beetroot coiled into a disc and topped with rhubarb, macadamia and salty orange trout roe, but is that quail, glistening and striped by the kitchen's central grill that they're eating at the next table? Happily there are no second prizes. Chef Aaron Turner's skill for blending off-the wall combinations with wholly satisfying flavour is close to impeccable, and the fanfare of snacks starting every meal – tiny segments of fig wrapped in lardo; wattleseed tarts with parmesan and brown cheese; crisped wombok smeared with cod roe – is worth the price of admission alone. Service – as smooth, low-key and hospitable as the spare interior – is a highlight, as is the finely honed wine list championing small producers from near and far. Thoroughly deserving of a place on any dining hit list and made for return visits.
Phone:
(03) 5222 2266
Bookings:
Bookings essential
Features:
  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair access
  • Impressive wine list
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Chef(s):
Aaron Turner
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.