The first noticeable thing about Wild Fig is their promotion of Fair Trade. This is the new “in fashion” trend for cafe’s but I have been looking at Wild Fig for a while and as long as I can remember they have been promoters of this. They also donate $5000 a year the hunger project. The cafe is relatively small but they fit a lot of people in there without it feeling over crowded. If you get a seat at the front of the cafe you will get a nice view of the ocean and the morning seaside joggers/walkers – who look rather fit!
The menu is comprehensive with a good selection of originally named dishes. Prices range from $5 for toast with fig jam (your choice of sourdough, olive or pumpkin eye) up to $19 for the “Big Fig” – free range eggs, sausage, field mushrooms, tomato and toast. There are a number of dishes that catch your eye purely because of the name. Like “Eggs on Fire”, which is scrambled chilli eggs, bacon, spinach, sweet corn sour cream and sourdough. Then there is the selection of sweeter options such as “Goldilocks” – porridge with toasted almonds, blueberries, vanilla figs, poached pear, honey & maple; “Bananarama”, which comprises of caramelized bananas between a pancake stack with mascarpone cheese, chocolate shavings & caramel sauce. If those few snapshots of menu options don’t get you drooling, I don’t know what will!
There is also a healthy selection of juice combos, smoothies, teas as well as the interesting “Dandy”, which is the dandelion caffeine free coffee alternative that is apparently popular in Byron Bay.
I had already been drooling over the menu on the net and knew what I wanted. My sister had wanted the same thing… but she sacrificed her choice for the benefit of the blog! I ordered the “Grizzly Bear Pancakes” (Canadian pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs and maple syrup) along with a cappuccino and a vanilla milkshake. My sister ordered the “Big Fig” breakfast, latte and a mango and passion fruit smoothie
The coffee came out first followed by our “milk” drinks. The coffee was great and perfectly made – smooth and at nice temperature… I can’t stand luke warm coffee! My milkshake was a standard vanilla milkshake but it had swirls of honey around the glass which added a bit of extra flavour. My sister straight away commented “wow, they’ve used real fruit” when she tasted her smoothie.
My meal was gorgeous. The pancakes were light and fluffy, the scrambled eggs were flavoursome and oh.. so creamy! There was just the right amount of nicely cooked bacon and don’t get me started on the heavenly thick maple syrup, which I shamelessly poured all over my bacon topped pancakes. When I asked my sister how her breakfast was she could barely speak through mouthfuls of those creamy scrambled eggs about how great her meal was. Sometimes the traditional “big breakfast” at some places has a tendency to be a plate just piled high with food, which seems like a waste. The Wild Fig chefs seem to have the portions just right so you feel full without feeling like you’ve wasted food.
The Wild Fig almost made my number 1.. if it wasn’t for the extremely rude cashier girl, who “told off” one of the waitresses in front of customers and then spoke to me with a very short tone of voice.
I do feel I have to make special mention of the maitre de… she was so friendly and accommodating to everyone. It seemed like nothing was too much trouble for her… which how a GREAT maitre de should be. I highly recommend The Wild Fig cafe and I am hoping to return there in the summer to enjoy that ocean view minus the storms! Also keep an eye out for their yet to open Swanbourne cafe – “The Naked Fig”!