At a time when the cafes and restaurants would usually be packed the last two weeks have been pretty quiet at Lorne. The Christmas Day bushfires have had a devastating impact on those people in Wye River and Separation Creek who lost their homes but the small businesses along the Surf Coast are also feeling the brunt.
It’s such a beautiful part of the world and a meal at the newly opened Ipsos in Lorne is a perfect reason to visit the Surf Coast. Ipsos is the newest restaurant from the Kosta family who have long been associated with Lorne and who currently run the excellent A La Grecque in Airey’s Inlet.
Ipsos embraces the same family heritage offering a simple and contemporary take on Greek food. Our waitress recommends sharing dishes and starts us off with a bowl of creamy hummus ($10) and Kefalograviera ($17) which she describes as the equivalent of saganaki. The cheese is fried until it’s crispy and drizzled with ouzo and apricot reduction.
The fried calamari ($28) is soft with a light batter and combining it with beetroot and tzatziki adds a touch of drama to the plate along with sweetness. Lamb keftehtes ($28) could have been more generous in serving size but again delivered in terms of flavour. Prices at Ipsos are a step above most Greek restaurants but it’s a price I don’t mind paying for the return of the Kosta family to Lorne. Chances are you’ll find it much easier to get a booking at Ipsos than you would normally so head down and support the lovely town of Lorne.