Fergus Cafe – The Overview…
Food: Eggs benedict, Pulled pork tacos, Shakshuka, French toast, Club sandwich
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking Fergus is just what you can see from the front door. While internally there is a large communal table, window bar and several individual tables – perfect for solo dining, a quick coffee, or brunch on a quite day, continue through the store to their spacious hidden courtyard out back where you can enjoy a more relaxing dining experience.
Even at 9am on a Saturday morning, Fergus is well-staffed, meaning there’s little wait for that early morning coffee and a prompt, friendly brunch service. Visiting with a group of fellow foodies we decided to try the Pulled Pork tacos which were a special, the eggs benedict, shakshuka and club sandwich.
Starting out with a strong but sweet soy latte, I eagerly perused the menu. Due to a busy couple of months this was one of my first brunch outings in a while so I wanted to be sure I was making a good choice. I finally settled on the Shakshuka, feeling it would be the perfect warming dish for one of the first, slightly colder mornings of the year.
It arrived looking stunning, and lifting the lid of the Tagine pot greeted me with the most delicious smell of fragrant spices. The dish itself was incredibly filling – I think almost every bite contained a piece of tasty lamb rosemary sausage or chorizo. They managed to balance the dish beautifully avoiding that often overwhelming spice or subtle sourness that can creep into these type of dishes. It possessed a deep flavour, and the lime yoghurt pulled back the spice level perfectly. The warm turkish bread was the perfect finishing touch.
I didn’t get to try every dish, but the classic benedict (a large portion) and the club sandwich both came out looking amazing and received high praise from those who dined on them! The tacos were full of a selection of fresh toppings, and while a slightly messy eat, were a yummy change so make sure you try and grab some of these before they rotate off the specials menu.
I managed to squeeze in a few bites of the light french toast to finish off my meal. This delicious dessert lacked any complexity and just allowed for a simple, sweet brunch dish. The pistachio crumb and poached pear helped bring a nice textural range and mix of flavours to counter the sweet syrup and the soft french toast was incredibly moreish. I definitely wish I could have managed more!
Address: 301 Wattletree Road, Malvern East
Mon 7am to 3:30pm
Tue 7am to 3:30pm
Wed 7am to 3:30pm
Thu 7am to 3:30pm
Fri 7am to 3:30pm
Sat 7am to 2pm
Sun 8am to 2pm
Parking: It’s a little tight to park outside, the few available spaces are fairly short stay, and busy; however nearby side streets offer a wider range of parking options.
Getting here on PT: Take a number 5 tram and alight at Tooranga Road/Wattletree Road.
Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Fergus, Malvern East. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a cafe won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting.