Lorne Love: Ipsos opens its doors

Fried calamari at Ipsos

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.

Who doesn't love fried cheese?
Who doesn’t love fried cheese?

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.

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Beetroot salad at Ipsos

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.  

Fried calamari at Ipsos
Fried calamari at Ipsos

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. 

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Details: Ipsos, 48 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne 
Damage: Pricey
7/10
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