Restaurant Reviews

Igni: Restaurant review



Ryan Pl
Geelong, VIC


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


Dégustations $100-$150


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. An understated room, engaging service and a light-on-its-feet wine list highlighting home-grown and offshore artisan makers play impeccable support act to the chef's exciting dégustation menus. It starts with a series of cult-worthy snacks. Crisp chicken skin topped with taramasalata and scampi roe, cured magpie goose wrapped around grissini, and fried saltbush dusted with vinegar powder all make for a great overture. They also outline Turner's approach - clever, nuanced combinations with fun and flavour at heart. The wood grill is a key player. Grilled cod with charred cabbage served with a marron and yabby sauce is sensational, while a wallaby tartare with shavings of egg yolk is completed by smoked celeriac. Sophisticated, relaxed, innovative, Igni is the epitome of the modern Australian restaurant.

(03) 5222 2266

Bookings essential


  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Aaron Turner

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.