The Wild Fig Cafe is a modern Australian Cafe at street level on the east side of West Coast Drive, overlooking the Indian Ocean. It's located under the Ocean Dragon Chinese Restaraunt.
They're BYO, and their $2.00 corkage per person goes to The Hunger Project as well as all tips.
This cafe has a strong environmental ethic. They even recycle their coffee grounds. I'm not sure what they recycle them as, but I'm sure that something positive happens with them.
Firstly I'd like to commend the cafe for having bike racks, catering to the ride by coffee seeker pedalling down the coast. They're the biggest toast rack style that I've ever seen! While we were there over a period of a couple of hours we saw them being utilised by a family having a meal. Given that there must be thousands of cyclists passing along the route every weekend they're probably a little under catered for bike rack wise, but that they have racks at all is a positive point.
The next major point is that they have a decent sized al fresco dining area, with sun or umbrellas as one prefers. This is not unusual or even notable except that smoking anywhere on the premises is not permitted. Smokers are politely invited to step over to the path on the opposite side of the road. I find this a remarkably refreshing attitude. I like to sit outside occassionally, but so often some smoker comes and puffs away as I eat, or worse, I go inside to escape the smokers, and then their smoke drifts in anyway and there's no escape.
It was so nice to eat without a whiff of cigarette smoke anywhere.
This in itself would be enough to recommend the place even if the food was average. The lunch menu is fairly limited.
But the food isn't average, it's very nice.
I had the Bugs, which came nicely presented with fettuccini, with wilted baby spinach and a good amount of shelled Moreton Bay Bugs flavoured with lemon oil and very mild chilli, and served with half a grilled lemon. The Bugs were not overcooked and neither was the pasta. I really enjoyed my meal, and the macchiato which I had afterwoulds was also very smooth.
The Bugs cost around 25.00.
Mum had the lamb dish, which came with fillets of lamb with Middle Eastern Spices, a beetroot harisa which really made it colourful, a good amount of white cheese (Persian Fetta?) baby green salad leaves and couscous. It was like a little jewelbox when presented, it was very attractive and Mum said it was delicious, the lamb still a little pink, and that she wasn't prepared to share any.
From memory the lamb was around 22.00
Dad, who's something of a meat and potato man had the steak sandwich, which when it came was more of a steak burger -I think it was filet mignon. It comes on a grilled roll. Generously sized, it comes with bacon, cheese, caramelised onion and sweet chilli jam. Dad must have enjoyed it because he didn't leave much! It looked very nice too.
The price was around the 20.00 mark as well.
The Wild Fig also prides itself on its juices, and we saw some very interesting and attractive looking mixes go by.
All of the dishes that were going to other tables looked very attractive, and generously sized especially the vegetarian stuffed pumpkin.
There was a herb chicken dish on the menue and a fish in pomegranite sauce that also caught my eye which I'd like to try later.
I didn't have dessert, but Mum had the Fig Tart and Dad, the adventurous soul, had apple pie and icecream. There are very interesting desserts in the cabinet, I was intrigued by the petit-fours and the Lime and Passion Tart, they had some very non-standard looking things in there that bear closer examination.
Bottles of water are provided when you're seated and more are provided upon request.
Buses go along West Coast Drive if you want to go there via public transport. Definitely a place to consider lunch or dinner at if you're riding along the coast. Beautiful view of the ocean. A bit of traffic noise but the view is worth it. It got quite busy, but the waitstaff didn't mind being asked for another bottle of water, once we'd got their attention.
9 out of 10 Sid and Nancy Scale: morning tea on the water on a still, fine first day of the holidays.