Restaurant Reviews

Ides: Restaurant review

Address

93 Smith St
Collingwood, Melbourne, VIC

Hours

Lunch Sat-Sun noon-2pm;
dinner Sun-Thu 6pm-10pm,
Fri-Sat 6pm-10pm

Prices

4 courses $90,
6 courses $160

REVIEW

No need to beware the Ides of March 2018, when the restaurant whipped back the curtains on the makeover it deserved. A sign of commitment to the fine-dining-with-a-difference cause, the formerly austere shopfront was anointed with sleek timber-slatted cladding and artworks injecting a hint of a retro sensibility. The more relaxed approach is another reason to revisit a restaurant gently pushing boundaries. Peter Gunn makes a celebration of just-blanched cherry tomatoes with an eggplant purée centre and crowned variously with goat's curd, candied pine nuts and watercress flowers. He anchors miso mustard-glazed kingfish in a bright chorizo and lime sauce and cuts the richness of slow-cooked lamb neck in a wrap of parsley stalks with pickled turnip. With his wine list staking a claim to Melbourne's low-intervention crown, Ides 2.0 is unfussed fine dining at its best.
Phone:
(03) 9939 9542
Bookings:
Bookings recommended
Features:
  • Licensed
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Impressive Wine List
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Chef(s):
Peter Gunn
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.