A favourite neighbourhood haunt for residents of Malvern East, Fergus offers a mix of great coffee, top-notch food and stellar service which keeps its customers coming back for more.
Tucked in the main shopping strip of Malvern East on Wattletree road, Fergus is a familiar fixture for the local residents. Visitors to the café are welcomed into the venue by a bright turquoise door firstly, followed by the heady scent of freshly ground coffee.
With white-washed bricks, salvaged timber communal table, artsy light fixtures and wooden floor tiles, it is easy to pull up a seat, grab a coffee and a slice of cake and get snug and comfortable in the warm and welcoming front area. But we would advise visitors to continue on to the café’s courtyard.
Continue on past the warm red brick-lined corridor which leads out to the light-filled courtyard. The courtyard is green, a dazzling mix of faux-grass, real trees, potted plants and fresh cut flowers lazing in tiny vases. The space is semi-open, perfect for lazy, dazzling summer afternoons, for long glorious brunches or simply enjoying a cup of flat white and a good book. While the café only opens till 3.30pm most days, Fergus does a brisk business catering to social functions come evening time.
The café’s proprietor David took over the establishment recently. The courtyard was part of the much welcome facelift, while the menu had been tinkered and tweaked to accommodate the clientele – mainly residents of the Malvern East, who are huge fans.
Fergus offers well-received classics such as club sandwich, smashed avocado and big breakfast alongside more adventurous offerings like shakshuka, pumpkin fritters and chili scrambled eggs. The menu changes according to the season, with small surprises such as specials which changes every few weeks.
The Fergus benedict is one of the most popular item in the café. Poached eggs nestle on house-made potato-rosemary rosti, garnished with spinach, drizzled over with hollandaise sauce and accompanied by a bed of apple and radish salad. A choice of smoked salmon or grilled bacon is offered, we recommend the latter. The potato-rosemary rosti is the pièce de résistance for the dish with crisp exterior and fluffy interior.
A dish that we would gladly recommend is the prawn linguine. The prawns are marinated in chili, spring onion and garlic overnight before it is grilled to succulent and flavourful perfection and served on a bed of linguine with a side of sautéed zucchini. Squeeze a generous drizzle of lemon and dig in.
For those hankering for something sweet to tie up their meal, go for the hot cakes which we think are absolutely glorious. Fluffy, golden-brown pancakes are served with fresh berries, kiwi and lime mascarpone, paired beautifully with passionfruit puree, maple syrup and vanilla ice-cream.
301 Wattletree Rd, Malvern East
T: (+61) 395 098 351
Prices $$ (fair)
Verdict We’ve been told that the current specials – green eggs – is a shoo in for the permanent fixture. Pair it with the top quality coffee (symmetry coffee roasters).