One should come to the Lord of the Isles principally to enjoy a pre-game meal and a couple of ales. before wandering across the road to the Cattery to watch the Cats play. Parking is easily available in the surrounding streets.
We came on the Saturday night celebrating the first night game at Kardinia Park, so the place was packed. Despite that, service was relatively prompt, and we had a relaxed meal before proceeding to the game. The crumbed snapper tails were plentiful, though slightly dry. Chips were crisp and fresh and salad satisfactory.
The pub stays open until 4am so would be available if a celebratory ale was required post match.
This place is a fabulous find. A high quality, good old-fashioned country style bakery cafe. Fresh food and an ENORMOUS selection of sweet treats! Cakes, slices, biscuits, tarts, cup cakes and hampers cover the counter. Excellent service and they are very kid-friendly as well. Nothing is too much trouble and they will adapt the menu offerings to suit if required. The coffee is SUPURB!! This cafe really get's it right and they will have me coming back for sure!!!
Favorite Dish: Gran's Chow Mein from the specials list!
Traditional Chow Mein cooked to perfection, not too strong and not at all bland. Generous portions and very filling... great value!
Why is it called the Barking Dog?
This retro Pub/Restaurant/Coffee Shop is decorated with framed photo's of dogs from all over the world - and is a definate must see for VT travellers!!!!
They have bowls on the pavement for your dogs refreshment.
Great Food and service!
Cafe open for breakfast all day.
Lunch and dinner 7 days till late.
Favorite Dish: Risotto with Prawns, Mussels and Scallops - very fresh and resonably priced - A$15. Gourmet Wood Fired Pizzas, Cakes and Gravity Coffee.
This has become a regular haunt for us on a Saturday morning.
They offer a breakfast and lunch menu which gives more choice.
Examples of the Breakfast menu:
**The big breakky (eggs, bacon, sausages, baked beans, mushrooms on toast)
**Pancakes with various toppings
**Bacon & Eggs on toast (extras allowed)
The lunch menu (you can order frm the breakfast menu also until late) has various focaccias, salads, pastas etc.
The dinner mains are predominately pastas and risottos however there is a selection of salads, steak and soups etc. We recently had our engagement party here - dinner with the family - everyone enjoyed their meals and will be going back.
Fully licenced, the bar is extensive and almost anything you desire is available.
I am not a coffee drinker however this is the only place in Geelong where I will order a coffee, it really is that good!! Of course all the various selections of coffee are available - latte, cappucino, espresso, macchiato and many many more.
The Cafe is large and can seat many people however the tables are well spaced out so you dont get the feeling of being over crowded. The interior has black leather bench seats which are very comfortable and there are a few cosy corners if you are after a bit of privacy. Service is quick and very friendly, the staff are always up for a chat and treat their regulars like family.
Favorite Dish: Bacon and scrambled eggs is my favourite. The eggs are light and fluffy and lightly seasoned and the toast is thick. My partner can never go past the Big Breakfast - very satisfying and can be varied to suit.
This is a little bakery that sells yummy pastries and other bakery stuff for a very cheap price. It's great if you just want to keep moving - go in buy what you want and you're back out the door and on your travels.
One of the best thing about this place is their prices - the jam doughnuts are 70 cents!! They have rolls, tarts (lemon, rasberry, custard), vanilla slice, eclairs, meringues and lots more. There's also a fridge if you want to grab a can of coke (or the like), juice or water - and pay for it of course!!.
Favorite Dish: Their doughnuts!! Mmm and also their lemon tarts are quite nice.
The Black Sheep Cafe is part of the Wool Museum, but its entrance is just around the corner (on Brougham Street).
The cafe has some seats outside, but I think it is nicer to sit inside. The Wool Museum building is approx. 130 years old, and the cafe has not changed the style of the building, keeping with the lovely wooden ceilings and poles that gives a feeling of warmth. Another good thing about this cafe is that they have tables to cater for all groups of people, just couples, groups of 4, 6, 8 or 10. And if you have little kids, it is easy to wheel in your pram (and they have high chairs for the kids to sit in as well).
Favorite Dish: Usually when I've been coming here lately it's been for breakfast. Sometime I like to go with the bacon and eggs on toast... but mostly I would have to recommend their pancakes with ice-cream, strawberries and maple syrup - absolutely delicious!
You can also have coffee, tea, freshly squeezed OJ - but I would also recommend one of their iced chocolates - very nice :).
The breakfast menu is served from 9am-11.30am, lunch 11.30am - 3pm and dinner 6pm till late. (Not really sure what happens between 3-6pm, possibly no meals served, just drinks and a choice from their excellent selection of cakes).
To have a look at their menus - just look at the website listed below and click on 'Black Sheep Cafe'.
I have now been here quite a few times. It is a 'traditional' Irish restaurant/pub. It also has a functions room (and conference facilities upstairs).
The atmosphere of the place is excellent. It seems every Aussie backpacker who has been to Ireland brought back souvenirs for this pub - there are countless streets signs in both English and Irish, heaps of old Guinness posters and just homely Irish paraphernalia everywhere.
Irish Murphy's is not too brightly lit and is a warm (friendly) inviting place to be. If you want to hear more abou the 'pub side' of Irish Murphy's check out my 'nightlife tip'.
Favorite Dish: Mmm... beer battered fish with chips. The menu consists of Irish themed food. e.g. Irish Stew, Guinness Pie - it all looked delicious.
I can't remember exact prices - but I'd put it between 'about average' ($15-20) and 'more expensive than average' - it just depends on what you order.
The food is served nicely and in large portions, plus you never seem to have to wait too long for your food to arrive.
If you are coming as a large group it may be worth it to book a table (sometimes it can be really busy here).
Also if you're at the bar (which no doubt at some stage you will be) grab yourself a pint of Bulmers!
La Parisienne is Geelong's only French Restaurant (as far as I know - not usual to find French restaurants here outside of a capital city) and rather well known in Geelong.
I haven't actually eaten here yet, as it's a bit out of my usual price range, but I really love the building and the position on the waterfront at Eastern Beach and its Frenchness, the Eiffel Tower model out the front, etc so I just wanted to share some photos of it with you.
Banjo's Bakehouse sits on the corner of the mall in Geelong. It's a bakery so they have; pies, pasties, sausage rolls, various muffins, scrolls and also hot chocolate, coffee and tea.
You can eat inside or outside in the mall (which has recently had a make-over). The smells that come from Banjo's are very inviting - it's hard to walk by.
Favorite Dish: They have nice (although small) sausage rolls, and excellent muffins (choclate, apple or mixed berry).
I haven't dined here - I can see that I will have to start dining at some of these restaurants so that I can pass an opinion on them.
When I was doing my Bollard Walk I found this restaurant - I didn't know it was here - the last time I looked it was a Japanese Restaurant named Koaki.
When I have more information you can be sure that I will come back here and add more information for you.
Favorite Dish: Sorry haven't dined here so I cannot recommend any dishes yet!
I really want to emphasise the Tea House in the Geelong Botanic Gardens. This lovely Tea House is staffed by volunteers and I reckon we should all give them our patronage. Volunteers are the mainstay of a lot of community projects in Geelong. Our tourist information centres are also staffed by volunteers.
If you want a nice days outing, go to Eastern Park, take a tour of the Geelong Botanic Gardens and then go and sit outdoors or indoors (depending on the weather) and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and something to eat.
Favorite Dish: I haven't dined here yet but will add a comment when I have.
As this is staffed by volunteers I would imagine they would prepare a nice banquet for your enjoyment.
This is a typical Australian tavern. You can get decent pub meals with reasonable price. Instead of a pint , you should order a pot of beer. Live music and dancing.
Favorite Dish: I had a three course set menu. Seafood is always good in Australia. This is true also here. Don't forget the dessert - a piece of chocolate cake was just unbelievable.
The evening menu is just a spectacular with a wide range of choice, which means that finding a seat can prove somewhat hard at times, even with 190 seats. The Cushion like walls, iron fittings, polished cedar wood bar and flooring and spacious open lounge all flow together to create a relaxed atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: Although there is an interesting range of curries, pastas and vegetarian dishes at this licensed cafe I recommend you to order a Porterhouse steak with mustard sauce. My all time favourite since 1997!
A Touch of Thai is an excellent restaurant, its brightly coloured walls and friendly atmosphere make it a great place to eat.
Favorite Dish: The name of my favourite dish escapes me now... But it had chicken, spices, rice, croutons and mixed vegetables.
There are two La Porchetta restaurants in Geelong. The one in town has a cosy feel about it and the one in Waurn Ponds with its large windows has a fresh feeling for its atmosphere. The one in Waurn Ponds is the larger of the two, but both are often very busy at lunch and dinner time and therefore can be a bit noisy. But the food is always delicious and it is a good restaurant to eat at.
Favorite Dish: I love their Chciken Schnitzel and their Hawaiian pizzas. Both are delicious!
They also serve a large range of pizzas with almost any topping, different kinds of pastas and assorted types of schnitzel. A delicious range of ice-cream deserts and a varied choice of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
308-310 High Street, Princes Highway M1, Belmont, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Good for: Couples
14-16 Settlement Road, Belmont Geelong, Geelong, Victoria, 3216, Australia
Good for: Business
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