The name of this cafe tells you a lot about it. The owner is a motorbike enthusiast who is displaying some of his treasured bikes right in the cafe. They also produce their own coffee… thus the name coffee 'Moto Bean'.
Moto Bean undertakes the entire coffee making process in-house, with coffee sourced, roasted and extracted by a team of innovative professionals. They are winners of many Australian International Coffee Awards. (AICA).
Don't be put off when I say this, but because of the displays of motorbikes, many of the customers are riders. A pack of about eight friendly God squad riders pulled up just as we were leaving. This is definitely a cafe for motorbike lovers but the food and ambience is worthy of everybody.
On the way in, we noticed that the serves were very large so my mother and I shared a delicious multigrain focaccia. This was filled with caramelised onion paste, eggplant pesto, zucchini and red peppers. These are some of my favourite sandwich fillings and I wasn't disappointed.
It may not look much but this focaccia was fabulous.
The other menu item I was very tempted by was the Crispy Corn Fritter. This crispy stack of sweet-corn fritter cakes and topped with a poached egg, avocado, sour cream, house-made relish, rocket & feta ($ 17.50) Various add-ons such as bacon and salmon are from $3 each.
My brother chose a hamburger with chips. Because of his raving, we all sampled the chips and agreed they were really great chips. They were very hot, freshly cooked and crispy. I'll take my brother's word that the coffee was very good because I don't indulge but for me the stand-out feature today was the bread.
My daughter really varies her meals went out. She chose the fruity toast which was served with delicious cultured butter at only $7. The quality was a bit lost on her but it was remarkable on my tasting.
The bread was absolutely delicious. Upon inquiry, I found out that all bread was purchased from Kyneton. Other food is made on site. It is worth noting that Moto Bean offers a breakfast and lunch menu for children aged 8 and under. The Mini Motos Kids Menu 10.00
They also host special events such as smoke out barbecues, 'meet and greet rides' and CFA fundraisers. This is a unique venue directly across from the botanic gardens. The floor to ceiling windows make it an ideal location for a reminiscent meal, get together or stay overnight.
Situated above the cafe, you can book into new accommodation facilities. Rooms can be hired separately or several rooms together including a shared lounge and kitchenette space. Personally, I'd just be eating downstairs! So, lots to offer even the fussiest diner. Leave time for a stroll around the gardens.
Glad to finally see a great write-up about Moto Bean, this is fantastic place and somewhere I make sure I visit whenever I'm in the area! But the author's (I'm assuming) vegetarian preferences mean that something very important isn't mentioned here: they have a LPG-tank converted into a smoker out the back, and they do things like ribs, pork shoulder, etc. smoked for up to 14 hours (!!!) as part of their regular offering, not only during special smoke-out barbecues.
As for the comment by ian_d below: last time I was there they did Aeropress and Chemex (not sure about pourover) of single origins only.