There has been a subtle change in the weather of late. The frosty winter is grudgingly releasing its icy grip and a few precious days have sprung up with the sun cautiously peaking out from behind the clouds and even an occasional blue sky making an appearance. With the turn of season slowly approaching, thoughts often turn to the beach and where to find the optimum spot to catch some of the early warmth if you can find a corner away from the wind.
In one of my more recent trips to Lorne I had the pleasure of breakfast at a spunky café known as The Bottle of Milk. This is just the place to catch some fleeting sunlight and admire the ocean views, while still being safely nestled away from the wind in a protective cocoon.
Um... One Skin Heads on a Raft please," I mumbled quickly. I was met with a confused and slightly bemused look from my waiter. What the (bleep) is that?" He piped, (As if I didn't feel bizarre enough ordering a dish thus named). We stared at each other for a moment quizzically, each trying to work out whether the other was taking the Mickey out of us. In fact, I had forgotten what my order entailed in my fluster so I had to point it out on the menu.
But that's not the only quirkily named dish. The creative menu will have you sheepishly ordering: 'Bingo Bango', 'What Everybody Gets', 'Italian Stallion', 'What a Pickle', 'The Pest', 'Hell Yeah', and 'Nelly'. This all translates to fond names for well-loved burgers.
My Skinheads on a Raft translation: Home-style baked beans on toast. I guess everyone but me comes here for the burgers and likely the poor guy never had to memorise the random name for beans on toast. We both had a good chuckle over it and my momentary awkwardness was replaced by anticipation as a plate piled with freshly made organic sourdough, home style baked beans and a generous sprinkling of fetta headed straight at me.
At The Bottle of Milk, it's all homegrown produce with premium Australia beef and most other ingredients made in house, or by local gourmet food label, Four Fat Martians. These clever owners are stocking their grinders with 7 Seeds coffee, currently voted the #1 coffee in Melbourne.
When I hear a burger is the specialty of a cafe, it's not usually the highlight of the menu for me, (hence my order of beans on toast) yet The Bottle of Milk have put a few extra gourmet twists on this classic, making it a hot spot for both the locals and tourists who swarm here over Summer.
A bite of my husband's burger quickly educated me on why the burgers were so well beloved. I almost regretted not having the specialty but those damned Skinheads on a Raft were so delicious, I couldn't feel too vexed with myself.