Fig & Walnut, 11-13 Bellairs Avenue, Seddon. Phone: 0433 574 194
Since its early days, covered by us here, one of the loveliest things to observe about Fig & Walnut in Seddon is what a relaxed and lovely retreat it has become.
It all fits with relaxing ease – including the superb garden area outside.
Fig & Walnut has become one of our regulars, for coffee mostly and sweet treats, with the occasional more hefty meal included.
So we’re only too happy to accept Vera’s invitation (see full disclosure below) to take her new menu for a spin.
Perversely, I ignore it and go for one of the revolving specials – Brazilian seafood soup ($17, top photo).
With its sprigs of coriander, I firstly think this going to be a dish with an Asian bent.
But, no, this seems firmly in the Mediterranean mold despite its South American attribution.
The sensational foundation is a tomato-based broth that is extremely deep in flavour – it’s simply brilliant.
In it are blobs of fresh tomato and red capsicum.
In it, too, is generous bounty of seafood – medium-size prawns of superb, large-size flavour; pipis and mussels; and several nice chunks of barramdundi.
This is high-quality seafood cooking, especially given the price.
Danya’s vegan bowl ($19) is a bit of an odd choice for us, but we like it a lot anyway.
Somehow, the apparently disparate ingredients come together to create a satisfying whole.
At its base are a heap of cold noodle and a fine house-made satay sauce, abetted by bok choy and eggplant.
Even the pumpkin, normally a no-go area for us, plays a handy role by being so tender that it seems to become part of an extended dressing/sauce, with chilli shavings adding just the right amount of zing.
Rob is plenty happy with his crushed avo with Meredith goat’s cheese, pomegranate syrup, toasted seeds and two perfectly cooked poached eggs ($19).
It’s a fine variation on a theme that shows no signs whatsoever of fading from the cafe scene.
Fig & Walnut is a sweet treat haven, though it takes a different tack to most places by putting the accent on an oft-changing range of smaller offerings instead of a line-up of regular cakes.
For example, these almond crescents.
We’ve all had them before – but rarely are they of such crumbly freshness and lemon-scented joy.
(Consider The Sauce dined at Fig & Walnut as guests of management. No money changed hands. Our food was a mix of items chosen by management and mains chosen by CTS and guests. Fig & Walnut management did not seek any editorial input into this story.)