Great Ocean Road Brewhouse, Apollo Bay
This is a guest post by Suzanne Vermeulen.
Now is the time of year when the temperature rises and people start looking for lighter fare that doesn’t weigh as heavily on their stomachs. During a recent trip to Apollo Bay, we stopped by the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse for dinner. The dishes on the menu appealed to those of us looking for something hearty and the few among us craving something lighter. The wait staff were very inviting and friendly, which made us want to come back. We also found that the location was close to the beach and only added to the great atmosphere.
If you love Mexican and Italian food, one bite of this dish will make you wonder why no one tried it before. The chicken breast came crumbled but was still nice and juicy with a hint of spice. Broken corn chips scattered over the top added a good amount of crunch too. It came with all the spices and seasonings we expected from a Mexican dish due to the inclusion of guacamole and salsa with the perfect amount of heat. This dish also comes with a salad and chips on the side.
Who doesn’t love chowing down on good old fish and chips while sitting close to the beach? This classic pub dish gets a twist at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse though because they use a beer batter. Made from Prickly Moses craft beer, it adds a rich and slightly unexpected twist to the fish. Unlike other batters that fall off the fish as soon as you take a bite, this batter stuck to the fish. It comes with a salad that lightens up the heavy fish and tartar sauce for dipping. That sauce had such a pleasing taste that we dipped both the fish and chips into it. Those chips had just the right amount of salt too.
A brewhouse is only as good as the craft beer and burgers on the menu. We gave two thumbs up to this brewhouse after trying the venison burger. The sourdough bun comes with a venison patty that is both juicy and delicious. Topped with beetroot, tomato, cheese, rocket and onion, it also came with some other condiments, including BBQ sauce, aioli and red currant jelly. Served on the side were both onion rings with a nice batter and chips with a good crunch.
Whether you’re in the mood for something hearty and filling or light and tasty, you’ll find some great dishes on the menu at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse in Apollo Bay. Out of the three dishes that we sampled, all three were winners in our minds. We loved the condiments and side dishes that came with the mains as much as we loved the craft beer menu and friendly staff. On your next trip down the Great Ocean Road, set aside an hour or two for a meal here.
Address: 29/35 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay
Mon 12pm to 2pm and 6pm to 8pm
Tue 12pm to 2pm and 6pm to 8pm
Wed 12pm to 2pm and 6pm to 8pm
Thu 12pm to 2pm and 6pm to 8pm
Fri 12pm to 2pm and 6pm to 8:30pm
Sat 12pm to 2pm and 6pm to 8:30pm
Sun 12pm to 2pm and 6pm to 8pm
Please note these are subject to seasonal change.