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The Fig Sawtell

I was asked to come up and shoot the fig over two days by the owners and I had never been to Sawtell. Its a culinary dream location!!!

Today, Sawtell is just as bountiful for those who turn off the Pacific Highway and head for the stunning north-east coast, with more than it’s fair share of great restaurants and cafés. Sawtell still retains it’s sleepy, seaside village air but is also packing some serious style.

The beautiful main street is divided by a garden median strip which is home to a number of enormous, heritage-listed fig trees. These, along with the stylish awnings that survive over many of the shops, provide shade for the chic weekend visitors who come for superb food and unique shopping.

Owner Phil Wollaston spent 20 years leading the itinerant life of a chef, cooking in some great kitchens along the way, before landing in Sawtell with partner Erin to open Fig Restaurant.

With Fig, they’ve hit the perfect mix of culinary art, great flavours and a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. It’s been very important to Phil to establish relationships with local producers and to showcase that produce in his seasonal menu. Despite the beauty of the plated meals, simple, clean and fresh flavours dominate.