01 - 08 - 2014
Late in 2011, Geo and Hayley stumbled upon the grounds of the Carome Homestead, bordering the new Riverdale Estate in Mernda, whilst out walking their dog. For Geo, a passionate Chilean born chef, the seed of something unique was planted. When the “for lease” sign went up at the front of the property merely weeks later they decided fate was trying to tell them something and they leapt headlong in to the adventure of setting up a produce driven restaurant in the empty shell of the Carome Homestead. The Homestead itself had been lovingly restored by the Mint Inc., a committee of management appointed by the Victorian Government to restore heritage properties located on Crown Land for commercial and community use.
The quirky name “Two Beans and a Farm” is an ode to their two little girls, nicknamed the “two beans”, and their delight in discovering their new “farm”. The premise of “from the garden to the plate” is alive and well here. The chefs are passionate about using homegrown and locally sourced produce, respecting seasonality, and creating the restaurant’s delicious wares “from scratch”. During the day the menu boasts a delectable selection of homemade savoury tarts and pies, which complement heart-warming slow cooked dishes, fresh salads featuring just-picked vegetables and greens, and unique Spanish inspired tapas. The same passion for quality is also showcased at breakfast time with the chefs re-creating some old favourites and tantalising tastebuds with a Mexican twist. The kitchen are equally inspired when it comes to dessert. All cakes and sweets are created in our kitchen. With a heavily Spanish, South American and French inspired dinner menu, Geo, Dion and the team serve up a selection of tapas, raciones and more traditional mains. Fully licensed, our wine list is ever-changing. Whilst it features quality French and Spanish wines, the gang have also sourced some great Aussie wines that you won’t see just anywhere.