Bianca: We’re always on the hunt for those wonderful hidden gems. We do enjoy our North West explorations, as Alex and I lived the first 15 years of our lives in the Hills area. So it’s always very trippy when we revisit.
Fig Coffee House, sits adjacent to Mother Earth Nursery (we recommend popping in, we picked up some beautiful flowers and a gardenia pot plant). Kenthurst is a 45-minute drive from the Inner West, once you hit Cherrybrook it’s a pretty scenic drive. I’d crack those windows and soak it in.
The space is gorgeous, it’s obvious the family-run cafe prides itself in providing a warm and hospitable environment. On a beautiful day, I’d recommend making good use of the outdoor area but we visited when it was chilly, so headed straight indoors with Vincenz in tow.
Coffee’s were in desperate need and we were all happy with our selection. My Skim Capp $4, needed half a tsp of sugar to cut through the bitterness.
The breakfast menu is fairly egg heavy (something I generally avoid). But we were thoroughly impressed with our selections.
Let’s not beat around the bush, I was here for the Pancakes $18. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the pancakes! They had an excellent texture, light, fluffy. I enjoyed the sharpness of the blueberry compote, the fresh berries. The vanilla ice-cream for pure decadence but Ness and I did agree, that we would have appreciated a side pot of maple syrup.
I can never look past Banana Bread $8, I’ve spent the better part of the last 6 years perfecting my recipe! Lightly toasted, with a great flavour, texture from the nuts and room temp butter, what could be better?
Getting into the more substantial breakfast options. The Smashed Pea -w/ house made beetroot puree, ricotta, poached eggs, quinoa, rye toast $17.50 + Haloumi $4 and Bacon $4. Was a great alternative to the usual Avo on toast. Super fresh and light, loads of greenery for the healthy crowd. I’d probably nix the rocket, as it appeared to be undressed and didn’t really offer much in terms of flavour. Crispy bacon and halloumi are never wrong in my eyes. The eggs across both savoury dishes were poached perfectly.
And finally, Veggie Brekkie -w/poached eggs, mushroom, broccolini, roast capsicum, pearl barley, spinach, feta, pistachio dukkah, seeded sourdough $ 18.50 + Hashbrowns $4. Don’t be fooled by the vego factor, this is one seriously hearty meal. I enjoyed the mixed mushies, creamy feta and the roasted tomato. Make sure you spring for the hash browns!
It’s a great spot for the kids, with lots of space for them to wander, an enclosed play area. And great food to match. Definitely, one to visit if you’re in the area.