Just around the corner from La Vista in Ewingsdale the Three Blue Ducks crew have newly opened ‘The Farm Byron Bay’ and they are taking the paddock to plate ethos head-on. With the goal to Grow, Feed and Educate the community through sustainable-farming the whole experience is well worth checking out during your stay in the Bay.
From the Gourmet Traveler
The restaurant serves what Three Blue Ducks chef and co-owner Darren Robertson and his business partner Mark LaBrooy call casual, nutritious, tasty food, while the store offers takeaway meals, coffee and organic groceries.
“At the moment we’re starting off with everything as local as possible,” Robertson says. “We’re doing the whole Alice Waters thing, so we’re letting the famers and gardeners determine what we’ve got on the menu.”
This translates to a menu abundant in “leafy greens, pigs and beef from The Farm itself, a little bit of chicken and amazing seafood”. Debut dishes include raw amberjack with pickled lettuce and whipped roe, and char-grilled octopus with guanciale and a salad of pink grapefruit, mixed grains, and torn mint.
“We’ve got a meat room, so we’re buying in cows on the quarter and whole pigs,” Roberston says. A barbecue zone is currently in the works with spits for whole animals, an Argentine-style grill, an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven and a hot smoker.
There’s a bar, too – a “bloody huge bar”, to be exact – offering all its booze on tap to reduce waste. “We have, at the moment, 10 reds, 10 whites, and about 15 craft beers, and a couple of ciders,” says Robertson. “All the alcohol comes in kegs and we’re also making our own kombucha.”
The Farm, 11 Ewingsdale Rd, Ewingsdale, NSW, (02) 9389 0010