Blue Fig Cafe brings the true flavours of the Mediterranean to St Kilda

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“The Food Dude discovers the night time magic of Blue Fig cafe in the shadow of iconic Luna Park”

 

I discovered this enchanting new eating establishment on a balmy summer evening after spending an enjoyable day on St Kilda beach. As I headed towards busy Acland Street with trepidation, wondering where I might go for a quiet dinner amidst all the holiday tourists and backpackers, I stumbled across the Blue fig. A novel location, close to the excitement and lights of Luna Park but far enough away not to be disturbed by the noise, I was delighted to find this simple, relaxed and comfortable casual dining spot.

Contemporary decor with both cool alfresco outside and comfortable dining inside, all presented in a friendly, happy atmosphere. I was welcomed by friendly waiter Angelo; a man who knew his Mediterranean cuisine and painted a mouth watering picture of what was available on the menu.

There was a large variety of starters available, listed on the menu as ‘small plates’, but the Saganaki, (pan fried Greek cheese which proves very popular), mussels in red wine, and lamb cutlets all took my eye at a reasonable $14 to $15. If I was still with company (my lady having scampered home early) I would have chosen the delicious looking share plates – The chef’s selection of cured meats, pickled and marinated vegetables, and a variety of international cheeses, was true value at $16 for two. Four gigantic whole king prawns marinated and char-grilled for $16, looked a treat! As well as suckling fresh oysters and kilpatrick – $21 for six.

The moment I noticed char-grilled octopus I needed no convincing, this dish I always opt for when it’s on the menu, especially at traditional Mediterranean restaurants such as Blue Fig. Obviously marinated Greek style, then grilled with lemon and oregano on charcoal – it was yummy! I accompanied this dish with a crisp, Cool Woods chardonnay from South Australia, from a comprehensive selection of South Australian, New Zealand and Italian wines – In fact there was a choice of eleven red and white wines, available by the glass.

Then came the mains, and they came in style! I was further annoyed that I wasn’t with my lady when I looked jealously at Blue Fig’s spectacular signature dishes come out to the table adjacent to me: the ominous Meat and Seafood Platters that we could have shared. Extraordinary two tiered double-decker plate combinations for two or four people, packed with a myriad of tender char-grilled meats or a tantalising array of scrumptious seafood and shellfish. Meat platters offered spring lamb cutlets, chicken souvlaki, Italian beef patties, grilled chicken skewers, and gourmet Greek sausages. The seafood platter looked awesome with Moreton Bay bugs, enormous king prawns, oysters kilpatrick and fresh mussels in red wine and Napoli sauce, and the majestic blue swimmer crab!

I couldn’t resist the prospect of the traditional Greek style whole baby snapper, and I wasn’t disappointed; superbly baked with herbs and lemon (as only they can do on those Greek Islands) and presented marvellously with a fennel herb salad splashed with citrus vinaigrette.

I couldn’t adjust my belt for desert but I was encouraged by Angelo to attempt the strawberry cheesecake, and I’m glad I relented; it was immaculately presented and sensational to taste.

So, in a word, Blue Fig is a must visit dining destination if you have a penchant for Mediterranean cuisine, as there are limited choices in St Kilda, Blue Fig will be essential to that experience!

 

Blue Fig Cafe

7 Shakespeare Grove, St Kilda

Open Monday to Sunday – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Phone: (03) 95345553 for reservations

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