Reviews

The Naked Fig

7 April, 2011

278 Marine Parade, Swanbourne
http://www.thefig.com.au/
Breakfast served daily 7am-12pm
Fully Licensed

The Naked Fig, aptly named because of its location on Perth’s famous nudist beach Swanbourne (I was told the nudist part didn’t exist as that anymore but a short walk up the beach that morning soon showed me otherwise), is where Shirley Adams and I decided to take her cousin Soccer Mom and her lovely daughter Shirley Temple. They were visiting from San Francisco and this was their first trip to Australia… so this beach side location for breakfast was perfect!

If not already obvious The Naked Fig is the younger sister to the popular Wild Fig in Watermans Bay. Don’t arrive here expecting a different breakfast menu as they are exactly the same but I personally think the view at Naked is far better than the one at Wild. We were sat outside on their large balcony, which is large enough to hold plenty of tables rather than some places where a balcony seat is rare real estate. I am glad Shirley Adams made a booking because it was very busy and I doubt we would have gotten such a great table if one at all all had we not booked.

After we finished oooo’ing and ahhh’ing at the view and taking photos the waitress came back to take our drinks and coffee order. Shirley Adams and I ordered coffees and we all ordered various other drinks. I decided on a Beet Booster – carrot, beetroot, apple and ginger. I asked for this with Tabasco as well! Soccer Mom chose an iced mocha; Shirley Adams had a Mad Monkey – banana, coffee, chocolate and icecream and lastly Shirley Temple chose the Eruption which had passionfruit pulp and berries.

While we waited for our drinks we looked over the menu. Even though I had eaten at The Wid Fig a couple of times, I still found the menu to be exciting. I found the prices to be standard for Perth, ranging from $6 for toast up to $19.80 for the Big Fig – bacon, eggs, breakfast sausage, field mushroom, tomato and toast. If all the menu choices are under $20 I am happy. Shirley Adams and Soccer Mom both decided on the Big Fig, Shirley Temple chose the Grizzly Bear Pankcakes – Canadian pancakes, bacon, eggs, maple syrup and I decided on the Wild Veggie – eggs, tomatoes, field mushrooms, baby spinach, olive toast, goats cheese and spicy tomato relish. I thought there were plenty of vegetarian options available and also seafood dishes like Atlantic Salmon with capers, hollandaise and eggs or the Ocean Trout with smoked salmon potato cakes, capers, poached eggs and dill hollandaise.

Our drinks all came out pretty quickly and it was definitely a “wow” moment looking them. Shirley Adams and I both liked the coffee but I thought it was a bit on the bitter side where as she didn’t. The temperature was good. The juices that Shirley Temple and I chose were delicious. I couldn’t quite taste the Tabasco in mine but Shirley Adams assured me it was in there. Miss Temple was unsure of the passionfruit pulp (ie the seeds) but she still liked it.

The two Big Fig breakfasts came out first then Shirley Temple and I just waited…. and waited… then two waitresses came over with all 4 meals. There must have been a stuff up with some orders and the girls got what wasn’t actually their breakfast. All that aside, we now had our meals!

Both Shirley Adams and Soccer Mom thought their breakfast was amazing. Soccer Mom commented that the scrambled eggs were a little runnier than what she was used to in the States but they were still delicious. The breakfast sausage was a chicken herb sausage which Shirley Adams commented was a nice change from chipolatas. As we know from The Dizzy Witch review she also LOVES mushrooms. The field mushrooms got her expert tick of approval.

I wasn’t quick enough with the camera to get a photo of the pancakes as they were presented but Shirley Temple said they were definitely worth the wait. The pancakes were large and fluffy but probably needed more maple syrup as she did as for more.

All three girls said the bacon was “awesome”.

My meal… no bacon but HEAPS of beautiful creamy strong flavoured goat’s cheese. The poached eggs were cooked perfectly, firm whites with runny yolks. The only complaint I had was that there was an olive pip in the bread that I felt like I nearly broke a tooth on. The spicy tomato relish was flavoursome and had no hint of tartness from the tomatoes and the mushrooms were tasty and fleshy.

The Naked Fig is open to 12pm, which is fantastic for those later breakfasts you might want to have. We all thought the service was great. Despite the mishap with the food coming out the staff remained friendly even under the stress of busy breakfast service.

All four us really enjoyed our experience at The Naked Fig and we happily sat there for ages full from breakfast, talking and learning about each other’s countries (yes we told them about drop bears… but I forgot about hoop snakes!). This is a great place to take visitors to see our beautiful coast line whilst enjoying a delicious breakfast.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Ross 9 April, 2011 at 1:58 am

    >An olive pip in your bread – that's terrible! Shamefully I had to google hoop snake because I had no idea what one was!

  • Reply Liz @ Breakfast In Perth 9 April, 2011 at 5:31 am

    >Hey Ross! haha I only found out what a hoop snake was the other week.. so don't feel too bad. Pretty funny though!

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