The Wild Fig were are the forefront of beachside breakfast dining before Perth even knew what smashed avocado was. Originally located on West Coast Drive, they moved to the Esplanade on the Scarborough foreshore some years ago. They have always been one of the area’s most popular cafes but the Scarborough redevelopment is making times tough.
Businesses understand that the redevelopment will bring many more people to the area once completed, but at the moment factors such as lack of parking and restricted access is keeping patrons away.
BUT there is no need to stay away!
Having been to The Wild Fig a number of times, including at their old location, the team invited me down to see that they are still slinging great food and coffee with a view of the beautiful turquoise ocean.
For me, coffee is the obvious choice to partner with breakfast. You won’t be disappointed with the offering here but if you have a reason to celebrate or even “just because,” there are also the options of a mimosa or a bloody mary. Not a coffee drinker? Give the beetroot hot chocolate a try.
For those getting takeaway coffee, bring your own reusable cup and you’ll get a 30c discount. This is a great initiative that many cafes are taking up in order to reduce the usage of single use coffee cups.
The seasonal menu hits all the right notes. There’s a little bit of sweet, a little bit of savoury, traditional breakfast dishes and those with hint of difference. Prices range from $4.50 for a muffin up to $24 for the big breakfast or “eggs on fire”.
Now, let me tell you about the eggs on fire. A-MAZING. I find it hard to resist anything with chilli, let alone a breakfast with chilli three ways. A sweetcorn potato cake is served with harissa, smokey chorizo and chilli salsa, crumbed jalapeño stuffed with cream cheese, avocado, bacon, fresh baby spinach and eggs. What a way to start the morning… HELLO! This dish had my nose running and my taste buds tingling. There was loads of flavour along with the heat. The balance of spicy elements with the bacon, potato cake and avocado was spot on.
We all know that pancakes, bacon and maple syrup is a breakfast marriage made in heaven (if you don’t know this – you are missing out!). But what about adding eggs? My husband wasn’t so sure but went ahead and ordered the Grizzly pancakes ($22) anyway. On the staff member’s recommendation he opted for scrambled eggs rather than poached or fried. The light fluffy eggs cut through the overall sweetness and added a savoury twist when just eaten with a bite of bacon. Sponge cake like pancakes were perfect for soaking up the syrup.
Customers can expect to get the winning trifecta at The Wild Fig – that’s great coffee, food and service. Don’t be put off heading down to Scarborough because of the redevelopment – there are still these great venues waiting to serve us!
The easiest way to access the cafe at the moment is via Brighton Road (as Scarborough Beach Rd access is closed). There is plenty of parking available out the front or down on the grass to the left.
Disclaimer – our meals were provided by The Wild Fig. Coffee and drinks were paid for by myself.
190 The Esplanade, Scarborough
Breakfast served daily 6.30am-11am