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The Great Ocean Road—it’s one of the world’s great drives, and Melburnians are lucky enough to have right on their doorstep. It’s obvious to all that the views are great, and the beaches are brilliant, but knowing where to slam on the breaks and stop for a bite is a different matter.
To keep you fed and watered as you explore Victoria’s coastline, we’ve mapped out the five of our favourite essential foodie pit stops along the Great Ocean Road.
Bottle Of Milk
I know this is a big call folks, but I would happily rate the breakfast burger at Bottle Of Milk as the best I’ve had. I went for an early morning swim and then tucked in to mine, so that might’ve warped my opinion slightly, but I dare you not to order the ‘Cold Shower’ burger. It’s jam packed with bacon, free range egg, hash brown, lettuce, avocado, tomato, house mayo and tomato relish—if that doesn’t knock you socks, off…tough crowd. Bottle of Milk sits on the main drag in Lorne and is light and bright with the perfect relaxed beachside holiday vibe. They serve great coffee, too.
A fun ‘beach shack’ of a restaurant in Torquay, Fisho’s is a favourite with the neighbouring coastal crowd. Relaxed and unassuming, Fisho’s is a new and improved version of your old favourite fish and chipper. With picnic tables on the lawn in the front yard and the beach a mere stone’s throw away, there’s a distinct surf vibe to this Great Ocean Road eatery.
Fish and chips are of course on the menu, but you also have the option of a rice, quinoa or winter salad as well. While we’re a sucker for hand cut chips and the tempura local fish, it’s almost impossible to go past the fish taco. Served either ceviche or tempura, they’re light, spicy and pack a punch.
a la grecque
a la grecque, perched on the hard shoulder of the Great Ocean Road in Aireys Inlet is everything you could want of a an ocean-side foodie pit stop. Owned and operated by the Talimanidis family for over 30 years, a la grecque boasts a deck and open fire—perfect for all-year-round dining. The menu offers a selection of modern Greek dishes, all made with a fastidious focus on quality and freshness of ingredients. The menu is seasonal; our current pick is the grilled scallops, wilted greens and poached quail egg in vegetable broth.
Maple Tree is not the sort of foodie pit-stop that you expect to find in an a small coastal town. The interior is a welcoming meld of sophisticated and beach house comfy. The menu is both inventive and balanced and has a strong focus on locality. Dishes are predominantly made using ingredients from The Great Ocean Road region, the Otways, and Victoria and the wine list is heavily skewed in Victoria’s favour. The menu changes seasonally and is presented as small, medium and large options.
Chris’s Beacon Point
Chris’s Beacon Point isn’t directly on the Great Ocean Road, but it’s only a short deviation up a winding road and it’s well worth the car sickness. Perched atop the cliffs, Chris’s has some of the most spectacular views, which can be viewed from the ocean-side balcony. Somewhat of an institution in the area, Chris’s has been feeding weary travellers and Apollo Bay locals for over 35 years. Favouring a southern European style of food, there’s a definite Greek slant to many of the dishes, which favour local produce.
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