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Great Ocean Road Restaurant and Deli and Twelve Apostles

On our second day in Melbourne, we decided to go on a road trip. I love road trips! Good time to bond and well as for me, catch up on my sleep! There is something soothing and relaxing about sleeping in a car – when I was a child, if I couldn’t sleep at night, my parents would drive me around. So twenty or so years on, whenever I am a passenger, I sleep! Not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing but it’s inevitable, I sleep when driven around!

On our way to the twelve apostles, we stopped at Apollo bay and thought we would eat at the Great Ocean Road Restaurant and Deli.  We were attracted by the restaurant, as we walked passed the restaurant, we saw the most delicious smoked salmon salad and spaghetti marinara.

It was a relatively large restaurant, you order your meal at the counter, take a number and wait until your food is ready – which will be brought out to your table. However, water, cutlery are self service and can be located near the counter.

The smoked salmon Caesar salad was delicious. Generous serving of smoked salmon on a bed of Caesar salad and topped with egg which oozed with yolk – love the oozing of yolk! The dressing was a little creamy for some but otherwise, it did taste as good as it looked!

The seafood marinara – scallops, tiger prawns and calamari cooked in a rich tomato and herb sauce tossed with linguini pasta and topped with parmesan ($15.50) were great but it was missing something. Unfortunately it was a little bland; we had to add lots of salt and pepper for it to be tastier. The spaghetti was al dente, and I think it would have been better if it had some chili!

The linguini carbonara – bacon, onion and tomato cooked in white wine, garlic and cream sauce topped with fresh herbs and parmesan ($14.50) was a little too creamy for my liking. I am not usually a fan of creamy pasta, so it was too overpowering. F and O definitely enjoyed it though.

I couldn’t help but order the fish and chips – local flake cooked in a crispy tempura batter served with mixed salad leaves, crunchy chips with tartare sauce ($15.50). The tempura batter was definitely crispy, and the fish moist and tender. It was wonderful, however, I was hoping for a bigger fish.

It was a great stop – I think one that the driver, F, needed! After another hour or so drive, we were finally at our destination…. Twelve apostles! Pity it was windy, but it was well worth it!

GA’s rating: 7 / 10

Great Ocean Road Restaurant and Deli

141 Great Ocean Road

Apollo Bay VIC 3233

Ph: +61 3 5237 6610

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  1. February 21, 2011 at 12:18 am

    I love travel stories! And this place looks like a nice find-the seafood lover in me likes the look of the salad. I’ve always wanted to travel the Great Ocean Rd!

    • February 21, 2011 at 12:20 am

      You definitely should! if we had more time, we would have stayed over night along the way… alas, everyone wanted to go back to Melb for shopping!

  2. February 21, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Nice! The Twelves Apostles is something I definitely want to see. Such a stunning sight! The salad looks great, smoked salmon makes everything better hey? Mmmm..

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