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Meet the Chef

Picture of Graham Jefferies.

Graham Jefferies

Born in South Africa, Graham has travelled extensively learning about food. His list of achievements include Lynchs, Sous Chef at Pettavel, Sous Chef at Michelin starred Crown at Whitebrook, stages at the Fat Duck and New York's three star restaurant, Daniel, Head Chef at Baveras and Head Chef at Wildflower before opening Tulip as Head Chef and owner. Tulip has been awarded a hat for the past five years. Passionate about the ethics of food production, Graham instils this in the restaurant.

487 Verified Diner Reviews

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487 reviews
Value for money
Joe Pellizzeri

dined on Thu, 20 Jun 2019

some members of our group would have preferred individual plates rather than shared platters, for the Degustation dinner.

dined on Sat, 1 Jun 2019

One of the best dining experiences in a long time. Beautiful, exciting and unexpected dishes, enormous appetitive-, cocktail- and wine list. Service is outstanding. Tulip restaurant went straight to the top of my favourites list!
Justine Stevensen

dined on Sat, 24 Aug 2019

Tulip is more than a restaurant. It is an experience. We love the food experience but also the knowledgeable, friendly and helpful staff. We left feeling that we had eaten beautiful, carefully selected food, drank great wine and had the benefit of wonderful experienced and attentive staff.

dined on Sat, 17 Aug 2019

Food was delicious, service was wonderful, had an amazing night.

dined on Sat, 10 Aug 2019

Really good service great venue good food

dined on Fri, 9 Aug 2019

Well recommended dinner with friends Food and service was great

dined on Wed, 7 Aug 2019

Go just for the house-churned butter with crunchy crust local bread!!

dined on Fri, 2 Aug 2019

Great food and service but the place was quite noisy. Needs some sort of sound deadning .

dined on Sat, 27 Jul 2019

Delicious food
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Fathers Day

7 dishes over 3 courses - $60 Show your Dad the best Fathers Day yet with a Tulip 3 course lunch. Kids under 12 eat for $30. **Credit Card deposits will be required to confirm your booking.  Please expect a call from us following your booking.  Thank you.
01 Sep 2019
Sun 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Sound Bites Dinner

A multi-sensory dining experience made for everyone who loves great food and music. 29th August, 6:30pm start time 8 dishes served over 4 courses with music paired to each dish $65  (food only).
29 Aug 2019
Thu 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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About Tulip

A hidden gem in Geelong’s metropol It's pretty easy to miss the latest restaurant from chefs Matt Dempsey and Graham Jefferies. Their restaurant Tulip is camouflaged as a hole-in-the-wall café in Geelong’s metropol - narrow and quaint with a sweet table for two out the front masks its interior. But wait - just before you start worrying on their behalf about economies of scale, it opens up into a respectable-sized place with all the polished concrete, pale timber and decorative terracotta pots a diner could wish for (well let’s face it, this decor almost a prerequisite these days). Tulip is a mix of well executed contemporary-ness, with trendy crockery and pleasing prices. The menu offers a wonderful mix of flavours and exciting dishes, inviting diners to share and sample everything. Spoilt for choice? You can simply ask for the ‘chef’s selection’ at $65 per person. Flexibility, simplicity and quality combine making Tulip a unique dining experience. Best Dish: grilled octopus with chorizo, capsicum and fennel.



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