Food Review: La Bimba @ Apollo Bay, Great Ocean Road

It may not have a large population, but the bustling tourist town of Apollo Bay along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria is home to a good selection of restaurants, cafes and eateries. Among them is La Bimba, which serves up contemporary Australian cuisine with an emphasis on fresh ingredients, sourced from local farmers and fishermen.

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Going with the sustainable theme, the interior of the restaurant features tables, chairs and other fixtures built from recycled timber from the region. The brick walls and wood create a cosy, homely atmosphere, coupled with awesome sea-front views and plenty of natural sunlight filtering in from its tall windows.

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Since ingredients are seasonal and subject to availability, the menu changes accordingly so diners will always have something new to try. During our visit, we started off with some samplers of Beetroot Carpaccio, Ricotta, Hazelnut and Saltbush, as well as Beef Tartare, Horseradish, Creme Fraiche, Saltbush and toast.

Refreshing and sweet, the beetroot carpaccio is a great alternative for vegans, balanced out by the slightly sour ricotta cheese, as well as the natural nutty sweetness of the hazelnut and the earthy, leafy flavour of saltbush – a common plant found in the bushlands of Australia. The beef tartare was also good, with none of the bloody, iron-like taste that usually comes with raw meat.

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Served in a crockpot, Portalington mussels, garlic, chilli and cilantro. Simple but hearty, the mussels were plump and juicy, bathed in a garlicky juices. 

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For sharing, Kipfler potatoes, cultured cream and seaweed powder. The peels were left on, giving the taters a smokey taste, while the seaweed powder added a touch of brininess.

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The Corner Inlet Flathead with harissa and coriander was sizable, with firm, fleshy meat.

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Pumpkin, macadamia, grains

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The 1KG Tomahawk steak was a spectacle to behold, swimming in its own juices on a metal serving plate. While the meat was cooked perfectly, it was a lot to finish, even for our group of 8.

If you’re into fresh, local food, then La Bimba ticks all the boxes. Grab a seat by the window to enjoy the sea breeze.

LA BIMBA

125 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay VIC 3233, Australia

Opening hours: 9AM – 3PM, 6PM – 8.30PM (closed Tuesdays)

labimba.com.au

Review: Alibaba Kopitiam, Taman Putra Prima Puchong

Hey guys! This will just be a short post to show that I am still alive lol.

Between working my 9 to 6 job, being stuck in traffic for at least three hours a day, doing my part-time job after regular work hours, and entertaining the bf who’s visiting Malaysia for three weeks, I wish there were more hours in a day.

IfI wasn’t doing the part time job I’d have a bit of a breather, but I need the money. Took my car for repairs recently; and my phone’s LCD screen is leaking because I dropped it. And that’s another few hundred gone from the pocket. Sigh. Adulting is so hard.

But I digress.

The fam and I had lunch at this coffee shop called Alibaba (odd name, I know), tucked deep within the commercial area of Taman Putra Prima. Not sure if bad feng shui but the place has always been quiet, even though there are so many housing estates within.

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Pretty empty for a weekend.

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The eatery serves up a mix of local and Western dishes.

Moo had the lontong, a dish consisting of rice cakes that were rolled in banana leaf and boiled, before being served in a sweet-savoury coconut-milk based soup. The version here was a bit too sweet for my liking, but if that’s your cup of tea, it isn’t too bad.

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Bro and dad both had the chicken curry with nasi kunyit. The curry was, again, a tad too sweet for my liking, but the flavours were there and the chicken tasted fresh and was cooked well.

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My grilled chicken chop came served with salad, fries and a mushroom sauce. Decent chicken chop, albeit small in size. Fries were the generic frozen type.

All in all, an okay place to have a relaxing lunch since it isn’t crowded, and the prices are not too steep.

ALIBABA KOPITIAM 

18, Jalan PP 2/4, Taman Putra Prima, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Opening hours: 9AM – 10PM

Phone: +603 8051 8913