IDES, Collingwood

MELBOURNE | A few weeks ago, I had a Sunday to chill smashed in between working at the actual office and food and Good Beer Week, when a friend messaged to tell me that he was down from Sydney for the weekend and keen on a Sunday lunch at IDES. As if I was going to say no.

IDES is, of course, the brilliant Fitzroy restaurant by Peter Gunn. The former Attica sous chef ran it for three years as a monthly pop-up before opening up on Smith Street in 2016.

The technique driven menu is full of bold seasonal flavours and changes regularly. If you’ve been before there’s always a reason to come back. On the menu I enjoyed recently, everything was brilliant. Highlights included the braised octopus with shiitake and potato, salted wagyu rump with garlic crisp and curry leaves, veal sweetbreads with fennel mustard, salt baked abalone with miso and parmesan, and the current iteration of the Masterchef famous Black Box dessert – filled with pears and dates, brown sugar cream, and mints.

The atmosphere and service at Ides is professional and classy, without being stuck up or too serious. Combined with the excellent food, it’s essential Melbourne dining. If you’re after something a bit more loose, watch out for Pete’s new bar, March, which will be opening next door (RIP Bar SK) any week now, lockdown easing permitting.


92 Smith Street
Victoria 3066

Telephone: 0432 365 869
E-mail: [email protected]

Wed – Thu: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fri – Sat: 6:00pm to 9:30pm
Sun: 12:00pm to 3:30pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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