2 May 2014

Eat Me. Chris's Beacon Point, Victoria

Nestled way up in the trees, on the mountain over-looking Apollo Bay on Victoria's Great Ocean Road you will find Chris's. This contemporary restaurant has Southern-European influences true to the Greek heritage of the restaurant founder and owner Chris Talhimanidis. First-time visitors could easily overshoot the back-road turnoff to this long-established restaurant but it would be a real shame to do so as you're guaranteed to have a wonderful meal. The restaurant matches its surroundings with sandstone floors, polished timber ceilings and panoramic windows. As the sun sets you can see the lights come on in Apollo Bay down below and the great vastness of the ocean out to the horizon.

Before our meals we were brought lovely warm bread-rolls. I'm a sucker for these, I think more restaurants should offer them, it's always a lovely beginning. For entrée I ordered the octopus which was out-of-this-world delicious. It had a lovely combination of flavours with a red wine sauce, rocket, apple, beetroot and goats cheese.

Photo via Chris's (mine was just too dark!)

The list of mains provided quite the difficult decision as they all sounded so delicious; isn't it nice to have difficulty deciding for all the right reasons. I ended up settling on the confit duck for main and it was just as lovely as the entrée; so tender and just falling off the bone with an accompaniment of lyonnaise potato, wine jus and poached pear.

The service throughout the evening was immaculate with friendly, knowledgeable and attentive waiters. The wine list is extensive with a great variety on offer. The ambience in the room is spot on with the panoramic views and split level design. Tick, tick, tick.

Whilst this is a highly priced restaurant with mains starting at $38, the excellence of my meal was well worth the investment. It was the best dinner I've had in a long time. Would love to return next time I visit the Great Ocean Road. 5/5

Where: 280 Skenes Creek Road, Beacon Point VIC 3233
Bookings: essential
Phone: (03) 5237 6411

Photos by Krissie.

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