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Chris's sits amongst a handful (at most) of the state's most iconic must-visit destinations for gourmet travellers and anyone impassioned with rare and exalted food experiences. So, what makes it so special?
Perched atop a mountain and with floor-to-ceiling windows, Chris's overlooks gently-undulating hills dotted with ferns and manna gums, and a sparkling sea spanning Cape Patton to Apollo Bay.
Why else? The contemporary cuisine - with a Southern European and Middle Eastern influence, along with plenty of fabulous, freshly-caught seafood, and Chris's most popular Greek dishes - is simply sublime.
Take a look at some of the dishes, making sure you enlarge the images for full gastronomic effect, here.
If you think I'm enamoured by the place, you're absolutely right. I have been blessed enough to enjoy one or two treasured dinners and overnight stays in the gorgeous villas with the best views I've ever rubbed my eyes awake to.
Be aware that if you go for dinner, sea views will of course be engulfed by the night sky (unless you make it an early dinner).
Regardless, it's a unique and special experience given: genuinely hospitable staff; a warm, sincere Chris with many fascinating stories to tell; his highly personable son Taki; the magic of the night-lit surrounding forest; and open fireplace in winter.
Chris, a truly endearing gentleman who started cooking in the Greek kitchens of Salonika at age 13, welcomes you as he would into his own home and is a well-known and much-loved character.
If you can, do dinner (with an early start) and an overnight stay in a villa or luxury studio, which includes a generous continental breakfast (with eggs from Chris's own chooks if desired) by the gorgeous light of day.
I guarantee your drive back down the Great Ocean Road will look even better, if that's possible, than on the way up.