I sure do. Over recent years I have become a vegetable fanatic. They are so good! Except for peas. They’re gross. I’d happily become a vegetarian if I could still eat small bits of meat on occasion because a nice rare steak is also quite delicious. But I was quite excited when it was announced there would be a family dinner to celebrate my Dad’s birthday at the Naked Fig in Swanbourne, and the theme of the evening was “Vegetarian”. My Dad hates vegies and swallows them whole in order to avoid tasting them. So probably not the best place for him to go to celebrate his birth, but I was happy.
I really couldn’t decide what to choose from the menu, but my current cravings for beetroot led me to select the “Pink” – beetroot risotto with asparagus, fetta and sweet potato chips. It was AMAZING. A perfect serving size, great flavours and wonderful texture. It was rich yet I didn’t feel like I was going to explode by the end of it. The Naked Fig uses organic produce and the quality of the food is quite evident. It was very well cooked, nicely presented and plain yum.
The service was much better than the previous occasion that I had been there. Last time the staff seemed disinterested in our presence, this time we were served by an excessively happy girl whose smile seemed to take up her entire face. She was obviously lovely but seemed to be too busy being happy to actually listen to who was ordering wine. Still, better that then Mr Grumble-pants.
The location of the Naked Fig is great, although at 6pm, half of the table had to wear their sunglasses as they were blasted in the eyes by the setting sun. I guess you can’t have a sunset view and not get sun in your eyes. The Naked Fig is a nice restaurant but there is something missing from it. I think it is too big – it lacks personality and is very much a yuppy, beach side restaurant. It isn’t bad but it isn’t great either. I’d go back for the location but that’s about it.