Having stayed overnight at Apollo Bay along The Great Ocean Road, breakfast the next morning led me to The Bay Leaf Cafe. The girls were busy behind the coffee counter and asked us to take a table and they'd be over with menus.
This place is small, but light and airy. With colourful paintings by a local artist hung on the walls, (each one for sale), and a glass cookie jar filled with yummy chocolate covered cookies sitting next to the coffee machine, it felt all cosy and homely.
The breakfast menu included all the familiar eggs, bacon, sausages, muesli, yoghurt, fruit and so on. Feeling like something substantial this morning, I went for poached eggs with bacon and a side of spinach.
A hearty plate piled high with the eggs, crispy bacon and wilted spinach arrived in good time. The bacon was, I have to say, probably the best grilled bacon that I have had since being in Australia. It was crispy in all the right places and not greasy at all. The spinach had been wilted to perfection and the poached eggs were superb. It was a truly fantastic breakfast!
A great little family run cafe with hearty, wholesome and well cooked food. They certainly take pride in what they churn out. And with the amount of people that kept coming in for breakfast, they certainly do a good trade in feeding the masses.
The Bay Leaf Cafe
131 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233
Tel: +61 (0)3 5237 6470
Dec-Jun: Mon-Sun 6am-9pm
Jul-Nov: Mon-Sun 8am-2:30pm