Fig & Walnut, 11-13 Bellairs Avenue, Seddon. Phone: 9687 2665
Fig & Walnut is one of our locals, one of our regulars.
But, a little sadly, that regularity is mostly confined to grabbing Saturday morning coffee on the way to our kung fu rendezvous in Carlton.
Today, though, there’s no class scheduled, so we sleep in a bit and resolve to hit Fig & Walnut for lunch.
Actually, it’s not lunch so much we’re desiring – our outing is more centred around the bougatsa that is invariably displayed on the front counter when we’re getting our takeaways.
But those in-and-out visits are never the right time for this sweet business, so we’ve resolved to fix that.
With custard on our minds, we ignore the menu and go for what we figure will be lighter items from the display cabinet.
Bennie’s sausage roll ($9.90) looks solitary and humble, but is beaut and then some – a really top, meaty effort and a bigger meal than it appears.
He is nevertheless envious of my bacon and egg pie ($9.90).
Normally he is not interested in anything that smacks of hard-boiled egg.
But this chunky slice is sensational – just like mum’s!
Except that in this case the bacon is layered through in fabulous quarter-inch slices.
(No photos of this item – I took a bunch, but they’re all blurry. Bad food blogger!)
As well, we’re presented with a complementary dish – chilli scram ($19.50).
Yes, they know we write about food and stuff.
This is an intriguing outing with a cake-like mound of egg scramble topped by fried enokis, miso mascarpone, pickled chilli and more.
There’s a whiff of ginger in there.
After a savoury segment more hefty than we’d planned, we maybe should’ve been less gung ho about the bougatsa.
But, no, we order two slices ($7.90) with top-notch coffees to match.
What can I say?
This is sweet treat heaven – but not too sweet; rather demure in that regard, actually.
And the slices are BIG – half of each goes home with us to be lazily consumed over the next couple of days.