I've said it before and I will say it again, but I think you can measure the success of a breakfast destination by how many out-of-the-box items it offers on its breakfast menu. By this I mean, beyond the standard eggs and bacon, eggs benedict, muesli and pancakes.
The Wild Fig Café, Scarborough is one of those successful destinations.
The staff are pretty relaxed, so much so we were left standing in the door for quite some time next to their curious mannequin which had a sign around its neck asking us to wait to be seated.
The interior décor is pretty funky, so we had plenty to look at while we waited. A large, cushioned bench lines one wall, presumably for lying around on a hot summer's day. It would be great for sucking down one of their interesting fresh juices and smoothies, but I think you'd struggle trying to eat a hot breakfast up there.
One wall is entirely covered with artificial lawn, but that's ok because so is the floor. Large comic-strip type paintings adorn the door to the toilets. Comfy leather armchairs flank coffee tables made out of old signs. Stools are made out of old car tyres. Light fittings are made out of old food tins. They really take their recycling seriously.
As detailed on the menu, the four Figs (Wild in Marmion and Scarborough, Pickled in Fremantle and Naked in Swanbourne) take their impact on the environment quite seriously. Together they donate $15,000 each year to the Hunger Project, they only use RSPCA approved eggs (happy chickens),and they sponsor the Swanbourne/Nedlands Surf Lifesaving Club.
They also take their food seriously, and it was seriously good food.
There are the usual suspects on the breakfast menu such as toast and jam (but it is fig and fennel toast with fig jam, $8), eggs benedict and two types of vegetarian breakfasts (with interesting inclusions such as roast pumpkin, goats cheese, seasoned red beans and fig toast ($17/$17.50).
There are pancakes with berries, pear, maple syrup and fig and berry compote; or grizzly bear style, with bacon, eggs and gooey maple syrup ($18).
Today I chose the Eggs on Fire, because even though I love Canadian style pancakes, I wanted to try something new. Eggs your way, bacon, spinach, corn relish and a spicy tomato relish potato cake ($18). For the 'crazies', they also offer jalapenos at no extra charge. It was cool. Literally. It wasn't piping hot but there had been a mixup with the orders and we had originally received someone else's order. This was quickly rectified and we didn't take long to empty our plates. My friend ordered the Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon ($1 extra for the salmon).
The food was delicious but I was a little surprised that I was still hungry at the end. I know I am pregnant and 'eating for two' but it seemed a generous enough serve at the time. So to ensure I didn't drop away in a faint we did as the menu suggested and ordered a "muff of the day from a figger".
I felt a little silly asking for a muff, but was happy enough with the resultant banana and pineapple muffin. It was buttery and crispy on top and seemed to have secret-hidden-white-chocolate at the bottom. Somehow they had cooked it in such a way that the top (universally acknowledged as the best bit) was twice as big as the bottom. It was a winner.
But let me tell you about the coffee. I originally ordered a large latte. 'Do you mean a bucket?', the waitress asked. Ummmm. The bucket, she explained was three shots. It seemed a little excessive to me, but not my friend, who ended up receiving a cup the size of a cauldron filled to the brim with the equivalent of three normal coffees. I had to scrape him off the ceiling.
The Wild Fig is popular during the week and insane during weekends, but this is because it serves good food and coffee, is directly opposite the beach with a spectacular view (of the carpark) and is a fun way to spend a lazy morning.