"The best restaurant you hadn't heard of until it started to rack up some serious awards. And when you did hear about it, you thought you probably wouldn't make it out to Geelong anyway ...

But you should, to walk down a cobbled laneway and sit in beautifully restrained space lit up occasionally by a fiery charcoal grill.

You should, because chef Aaron Turner's degustation delivers the best balance of unexpected and delicious.

You should, because the playlist is the BOMB - and we thought that even before we worked our way through the cleverly crafted dish-matched wine list, care of one of the nicest sommeliers around.

Genuinely one of the best meals I've ever had. Go, and take me with you."

- EW