The Naked Fig – Swanbourne

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I always get excited to find an invite to a bloggers dinner in my inbox. It’s an excellent opportunity to find out more about a restaurant I haven’t visited before, as well as meeting with fellow bloggers from around Perth.IMG_7697

I was kindly invited to dinner by the Naked Fig. I’d never visited the Naked Fig, though I have dined at and enjoyed its sister café the Wild Fig (in Scarborough) a few times. I arrived just moments after the sun had set – the restaurant has a stunning view over the Indian Ocean.IMG_7693

The coastal café is named after the nudie beach at Swanbourne! The cheeky name is reflected inside the restaurant which is full of personality – from the eclectic up-cycled furnishings and friendly staff. We were in for a fun night!IMG_7701

The Naked Fig was launching its function menu. Head Chef, Chris May, has created a share style menu that is ideal for large groups. A large table was set up for our group, behind a large brightly coloured sail – painted by one of the owners. It created a great private space, but not closed off, so you still got to enjoy the buzzing atmosphere in the restaurant and the jazzy three piece band.IMG_7704

I met the girls from Perth blogs “The Grizzly Bear”, “Perth Kids, “Café Couture” and “I Masticate” as well as the lovely “Queen of Bad Timing” who it was great to have a catch up with.

After some pre dinner drinks, we had some shared entrees. I loved the lamb lollies – flavoured with a sweet hoi sin sauce. There are a lot of Asian influences in the Fig’s dishes. The rare beef, with wasabi mayo and radish on crostini was also delicious. My favourite of the entrees had to be the wonderfully plump grilled scallop with crispy chorizo.IMG_7712

We also enjoyed spiced minced beef and cheddar empanadas, pea and manchego croquettes, spiced gazpacho and smoked salmon and caviar on a buckwheat blini.

IMG_7725The six mains were also shared – by this point the long table was absolutely brimming with food! What to try first was a happy dilemma. My favourite of the dishes were;

The fluffy and light potato gnocchi with roast beets, swiss chard and candied walnuts was a deceptively simple dish – so tasty! IMG_7719

I would have happily kept the roast salmon with potato gratin, soy and gem hearts to myself!IMG_7723

The lamb cutlets with cumin pumpkin mash and roast chickpeas was a hearty dish. The cutlets were perfectly cooked and oh, so tasty!IMG_7729

I just HAD to try the dessert asiette – even though I was seriously struggling by now. On the delectable dessert board was a wibbly wobbly delicately flavoured coconut pana cotta, a petite white chocolate brulee in a jar and a super soft cherry and nut brownie. The brownie was fabulously fudgy and bold – I loved it! IMG_7738

And that wasn’t all! We were being treated to yet more goodies the Naked Fig offered. I loved tasting the chocolate bark treat (supplied from the tree of life). They are shards of scrumptious, organic raw chocolate infused with goji berries.IMG_7743

The butter coffee (yes, coffee made with butter!) was very smooth and rich. After hearing what a caffeine kick it gives you, I only had a sip, otherwise I’d be still awake at 3am!IMG_7751

My thanks to Aiofe and Joel for their kind invitation and hosting a wonderful long table dinner! The food was very tasty – so glad I wore my elasticated pants! IMG_7755

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