New farm-to-plate dining experience opens at Yagan Square

Yagan Square.
Yagan Square.

THE hotly anticipated new restaurant at Yagan Square, Ficus, is now open for lunch and dinner.

The brainchild of Kevin Opferkuch of Bunbury Farmers Market and Paul Vanderplancke of Cantina 663 in Mount Lawley, Ficus is on the upper level at Yagan Square and offers breathtaking city views.

The fresh food offering is farm to plate with a strong focus on south-west produce.

The menu boasts dishes that can be ordered a la carte or shared on the table.

Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options will also be available.

“Freshness, approachability, seasonality, honesty and provenance are the foundations of Ficus,” Mr Opferkuch said.

“Some people may assume that provenance simply means local.

“For us, provenance means we have full knowledge of where the product came from, who the farmer or grower is, when it was produced, what has been done to the product, etc.

“There is no outside third party ownership of the product – everything comes directly from the producer to us, not via a wholesaler then on-sold whereby provenance of the product is lost.”

Mr Vanderplancke said simplicity was at the heart of the restaurant.

“We’re not trying to break any boundaries with the style of the dishes on offer,” he said.

“Instead, Ficus will keep the menu approachable and let the quality of the produce and skills of the chefs to let the food speak for itself.”