The highlight of my trip to Melbourne last March was going to 12 Apostles which was a four hour trip from Melbourne via the scenic Great Ocean Road.
Halfway through the road trip our driver, Wayne, stopped at Geelong to ask for directions at the tourist center. We walked around to stretch our legs and took lots of pictures of Cunningham Pier.
Blue sky and calm waters.
The whole stretch of the Great Ocean Road hugs the coastline providing gorgeous views of the waters which changed colors from a vibrant blue green to a sedate blue. I admit to falling asleep but whenever I woke up I would see the water and it would lull me back to sleep again.
We passed by several small towns but stopped at Lorne which was one of the most popular in the area. The town had a Mediterranean vibe and the main street was dotted with quaint cafes and diverse restaurants.
There were so many interesting restaurants to choose from but we all agreed to have burgers. I can’t say what is it about Bottle of Milk that made us choose it. It certainly wasn’t the look of the restaurant.
Personally I got excited by the Seven Seeds espresso. They’re a popular roaster based in Melbourne and their coffee is fantastic!
The restaurant was a 2 man operation or should I say “man and a woman?”
After putting in our order and paying for it we went outside to wait for our food. It was a nice and cool day, just perfect for al fresco dining.
While waiting for the burgers I had my first flat white. Strong and rich just the way I like it.
Let me just say that everyone was very happy with what they ate. Some even declared the burgers “one of the best they’ve ever had.”
All sandwiches had the same basic ingredients of 100% premium quality Australian prime beef burger patties, tasty cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, house mayo and homemade tomato relish on freshly baked organic La Madre bun.
Fire engine burger got its name from the addition of homemade chili paste.
Hell yeah burger got slices of pineapple and beetroot.
I like my burger simple but with oomph and I got it from the Tasmanian heritage blue cheese. Aussie burgers use a heartier bun with a crustier exterior which I like.
Nelly burger has bacon and avocado added.
But the winner of all burgers was the B.O.M. burger which was fully loaded with bacon, free range egg and beetroot.
Two people shared this behemoth. Just look at the color of the egg yolk!
I tried the bacon from the nelly burger and couldn’t believe how smokey and yummy it was. It wasn’t just salty but it had depth of flavor despite the leanness of the bacon. I immediately wished I could turn back time and change my burger to one that had bacon.
After lunch I had my second strong flat white and my friends ordered theirs too. The chocolate chip cookie was forgettable but the brownie was sinfully scrumptious.
I wish we walk down towards the water to take more pictures. By the way that’s the same water all throughout the Great Ocean Drive. If you’re planning a trip to the 12 Apostles do stop by Lorne for a meal.
The Bottle of Milk
53 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne, Victoria 3232
telephone: (03) 528-92005