The Wild Fig is one of the three Figs in Perth and boasts marvellous views of Scarborough Beach. As one of the better-established beach cafés, it prides itself on its report with the local community, its laid-back beach vibe and, evidentially, its below-average menu. I had high hopes for the Wild Fig upon entering the restaurant. The interiors were of the kooky up-cycled variety with milk crates, overhead lights made of teacups or glass milk bottles and vintage lights. As expected of me, the exposed brick walls and the fireplace made my knees go weak. I tried really hard to like it! But alas, too many things went wrong and it was too hard to continually make excuses for them.
When it comes to service, I always expect the absolute best, anything less and it just isn’t worth my time. Of course, sometimes the food makes up for it, but this was not the place. My boyfriend and I were seated fairly quickly even though we didn’t have a reservation and it was great hearing the buzz of conversation at the many tables around ours while our waitress was clearing the table for us. However, while we were waiting for our food to arrive, we began to suspect that it was the Wild Fig’s policy to only clear or clean up an unoccupied table. So half the time we were there, there were tables with dirty dishes and cups all over them until the very moment a customer came in and requested one. In addition, the waitresses were not very friendly and I had to wave one over after waiting ten minutes for one to come over and take our order.
I ordered the blueberry pancakes and an earl grey tea and my boyfriend decided on the “grizzly” pancakes and a passionfruit smoothie. I was very excited when my tea came out in a quirky volumetric flask; I felt like I was conducting a chemistry experiment as I poured the tea into my cup, it was a novelty that kept me entertained as I waited for my pancakes (the real reason why I sought out the restaurant). My partner-in-crime’s smoothie was very thick and creamy, indicative of the generous scoops of ice cream that was put into it.
When our pancakes finally arrived, I was expecting toasty pancakes that were crispy on the outer surface but wonderfully soft on the inside with fresh berries scattered on top and the compote and cream on the side. Alas, it was not to be. The pancakes did not come out hot and were too soggy for my taste. My boyfriend mentioned that his pancakes topped with a fried egg and bacon was a bit bland. The dishes looked clumsily put together and it was not what I had dreamed of as the perfect plate of pancakes. And for $18 and $22 respectively, I had expected a lot more.
En conclusion, I will probably never go back to the Wild Fig again, what with the average food paired with ridiculous prices (likely due to the location) and questionable service. It was almost a given that this crowded beachside café would be sub-par, you’re paying for the view more than the food itself as to be expected with waterfront dining. I always thought this was a shame. I hope that the people of Perth can see this so that we can turn these cafés into the places they could be, and be “Melbourne-esque” as they like to call it (although, really, why would anyone be proud of living in a copy-cat city?).