Several years ago, due to health reasons, my husband changed to a vegetarian diet. He took it on for 6 months then he changed back once his health improved. I cooked most of his meals during that time, so I became very familiar with cooking vegetarian dishes and I really enjoyed it too.
Since then, he and I have been very interested in eating a more vegetable-based diet and eating meatless meals 2 or 3 times a week.
Which brings me to my latest food review…
I accepted a warm invitation by The Fig to experience their Vegetarian Feast night.
We have never been out to eat – exclusively – vegetarian food. So this was something different for us.
The Fig owns three eateries in Perth: The Naked Fig in Swanbourne, The Wild Fig in Scarborough and The Pickled Fig in Fremantle… and once a week they offer a special vegetarian menu for their patrons.
I have never been to any of the three Figs. And this evening, we went to The Pickled Fig in South Fremantle.
Being in South Fremantle (right next to the beach and playground), the restaurant is quite isolated from the rest of the hustle and bustle of Fremantle’s main cafe strip.
It felt like we were entering a “hidden gem” – warm and cosy, rich with colours, dim lighting, local artworks, and an eclectic feel.
We chose 2 entrees, 2 mains and 2 desserts from the vegetarian menu.
Funky Blue Fungi – Sautéed button mushrooms in a rich blue cheese and garlic creamy sauce served with Turkish breads (vegetarian and gluten free option) $18
This entrée was fantastic. The sauce was superb.
If there is anyone who thinks vegetarian food is bland and boring, then you have to try this winning combination of blue cheese, garlic and mushrooms.
I don’t usually eat white bread, but I broke off a piece to dip into the cheese sauce… and to my delight, the bread was amazingly soft, springy, crunchy and fragrant.
I ended up eating the whole slice oops.
Nachos To Share – Corn chips, red beans, napolitana sauce, maffra cheddar, avocado, diced tomato & spring onion topped with herbed sour cream (vegetarian, vegan option and gluten free) $20
When we were ordering our food, the waitress wiggled her eyebrows at us, saying “Are you SURE you want this? It’s pretty big. The serve is for two people.”
My husband and I are both little, short and kind of on the slim side, but we have big appetites and we like a good bowl of nachos. So we said YES.
Big mistake. Should have listened to the waitress. The serve was huge!
Although the presentation wasn’t great and the cheese could have been hotter and more melted…the flavours were very yummy and the avocado topping had a delicious fresh and zingy taste.
It was one of the nicest vegetarian nachos I’ve eaten… usually because vegetarian nachos are often served as the poor and pathetic version of the meaty nacho option.
Risotto – Pumpkin, sundried tomato & corn risotto with white wine, garlic and
parmesan (vegetarian and gluten free) $26
My risotto arrived and it looked good. Colourful, full of different textures and layers and it was a substantial serve.
The corn and pumpkin added a nice sweetness, the garlic and parmesan gave it lots of flavour, the sundried tomato gave it an added punch.
You could tell that the dish wasn’t trying to “show off”, or be “modern” and introduce new and complex flavours together. So I guess it wasn’t surprising, or OMG AMAZING.
It had a home-cooked feel to it, tasty, full of flavour and hearty.
Curry – Mild lentil and chickpea dahl with basmati rice (vegan and gluten free) $23
Same goes for the curry. It had yummy, fresh, spicy flavours, with a real home-cooked feel about it.
It was a hearty serve and an enjoyable dish.
In fact, it was so tasty, that it’s inspired me to try a little harder when cooking vegetarian curries from now on.
Ooey Gooey – the figs famous gooey choc pudding with vanilla parfait, a crisp chocolate cone and run and raisin figs (vegetarian) $10
YUM this chocolate pudding was fantastic!
The centre of the pudding was hot and gooey, contrasting nicely with the moist chocolate cake surrounding it.
The figs were a little too rich (sticky and sweet) for me, I left them all (but one) untouched.
All the ice cream disappeared in a snap though! Definitely worth $10.
White choc panna cotta – infused with vanilla served with summer berry compote and pistachio biscotti (gluten free option) $10
The panna cotta was delicious and light, and the vanilla flavour made it taste like ice cream jelly.
I thought this dessert looked marvellous all plated up. And I hope to try making it at home to serve at a dinner parties.
Overall, the entrees and mains had a very home-cooked, simple, good “honest food” taste to them.
I felt quite good that we ate vegetarian tonight (although some of the dishes were not exactly very healthy!)
I believe the prices are reasonable for a such a nice meal. Most times we pay double the price for a very mediocre meal. So I enjoyed the whole experience.
Next time we would order 1 entrée, 2 mains and 1 dessert.
And next time we will listen to the waggling eyebrows of the waitress.
Vegetarian Feasts are available on the following nights:
Naked Fig, Swanbourne – Tuesday
Wild Fig, Scarborough – Wednesday
Pickled Fig, South Fremantle – Thursday
(On those days, meat options are still available on the menu.)
I’ll definitely come back during the day to try the lunch menu, eat some non-vegetarian meals, and to enjoy the view of the ocean.
The Pickled Fig
9/21 Ocean Drive
North Coogee, Fremantle