Eat: Fig & Olive

OH. MY. SCRUMILICIOUS. NESS. I can’t even begin the mouth orgasms I have every time I have the pleasure of eating at Fig & Olive West Hollywood. Transplanting to LA from NYC my friend Charles and Laurent and the very unique Chef Pascal Lorange have made unforgettable impression with not only their food but the decor and architecture of the restaurant! My absolute favorite dish for dinner was their Rosemary Lamb chops (which I’m normally not too particularly a fan of the meat itself but they make it so juicy and melts in my mouth), and Striped Bass Papillote served with olive oil mashed potatoes and chives. YUMMMMMYYY

8490 Melrose Pl
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-9100

Fig & Olive

Mark this down as one of the best Groupon deals ever. For about $70 my wife and I had a four course meal with cocktails included.

Speaking of cocktails… what an impressive menu of unique items! We tried the fig and walnut julep (left), which was bourbon, elderflower liqueur, port, muddled black mission figs, mint, lime and garnished with shaved walnuts. This was the better of the two drinks, in…

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#WhatsHotNow: Old Navy Goes On The Road with Emily & Meritt

#WhatsHotNow: Old Navy Goes On The Road with Emily & Meritt

To celebrate Spring, last Saturday Old Navy’s official 2015 season style ambassadors Emily Current + Meritt Elliott camped out at the Fig & Olive Atrium in West Hollywood, CA where they hung out their best new looks.

We loved our taste of “wanderlust”.  Everything about the line and the day evoked fresh Americana simplicity, crisp, vibrant colors and patterns.  We had fun stamping leather…

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My first restaurant week: Fig & Olive

My first restaurant week: Fig & Olive

Living all my life in NYC, I finally got to enjoy my first restaurant week with my ace Flower. We went to the chic Fig & Olive restaurant located in the Meatpacking District in NYC. Fig & Olive specialize in Mediterranean cuisine. Our starter’s were these fabulous drinks called the “Rossilini” which had blood orange and exotic liquor in it. Next our lovely waitress with Haley brought us bread…

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Fig & Olive is a great new restaurant that opened up in the Gold Coast. I was lucky enough to have a chance to check out the 10,000 square-foot tri-level Mediterranean open concept and was blown away. The restaurant was beautiful and included an open kitchen, a formal dining area with lounge, a bar, a retail space, and last but not least an open-air terrace overlooking Oak Street (my…

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Restaurant Week 2013

Restaurant Week 2013 is upon us! 

For those of you unfamiliar with Restaurant Week, it’s about 3 weeks starting January 14th, where NYC Restaurants offer 3 course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus for set prices of $25 and $38/person. 

It’s mainly an opportunity for the majority of us who couldn’t otherwise afford to eat at these restaurants a chance to get out and experience the best culinary culture that NYC has to offer on a “smaller” budget. 

I’m thinking about surprising Neil and getting us lunch reservations, but I’m still trying to decide where to go:

Here are my top few choices (mind you I’m not the food expert in this house): 

1. Aureole

For 20 years Charlie Palmer and Aureole have set the standard for upscale American dining, establishing a style of innovative, creative American cuisine that continues to be widely imitated. Though Palmer’s empire now extends across the country, Aureole remains a farm-centric, seasonally aware restaurant. The 700-bottle wine list is electronic, so you can scroll instead of turn the page to choose your vintage

First Course: Farmed Baby Greens Salad, Mandarin, Goat Cheese
Second Course: Scottish Salmon, Crushed potatoes, Watercress, Lemon Oil
Dessert: Chocolate Eclair, Poached Pear, Milk Chocolate, Sorbet

2.  Fig & Olive- Midtown

Wall of high-end olive oil neatly placed in minimalist shelves? Check. Assorted pots of finely manicured grasses and shrubbery? Check. Edgy and tasty modern Mediterranean flavor combinations? Check. With Fig & Olive’s attention to detail, you are guaranteed a consistently good meal. The jamon Serrano, fresh fig and warm goat cheese appetizer is a fantastic salty-sweet signature dish. Olive oil is, of course, a staple ingredient in most dishes, and when you find one (or a few) that you like, you can pick up a bottle to take home with you from the on-premise shop.

First Course: Provencal Heirloom Carrot & Thyme: heirloom carrot, celery, onion, garlic, thyme, crushed tomato, olive oil crouton

Second Course: Fig & Olive Chicken Tajine: Moroccan spiced free range chicken served with fig, olive, apricot carrot, zucchini, cipollini onion, tomato, toasted almond, couscous with cilantro and harissa

Dessert: Dessert “Crostini”- Amarena cherry, mascarpone, pistachio. Shortbread with mico-basil. 

3. Naples 45

An authentic Neapolitan pizzeria situated in the landmark MetLife Building at East 45th Street, Naples 45 offers al fresco dining in the warmer months and tantalizing regional Southern Italian specialties with luxury takeout service and gourmet slices to go. Naples 45 was awarded the coveted certification of “La Vera Pizza Napoletana,” in recognition of serving authentic Neapolitan pizza according to the strict guidelines of the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association based in Naples, Italy — one of only two such awards in New York City.

First Course: Polpettine, meatballs, sweat & sour sauce

Second Course: Stuffed chicken breast, prosciutto, mozzarella, basil, mashed potatoes

Dessert: Seasonal fruit tart

4. Tamarind (I think this is my favorite choice so far!) I actually wrote this place down last weekend when I was out for a walk. They have the Tamarind Tea house next door that looked exquisite!!  

This has become one of the most popular Indian restaurants in the City, with high-end food and an elegant, chic setting. The Flatiron restaurant has a menu that’s sure to wow—shrimp moiley, tandoori chicken and keema nan (ground lamb with nan)—and an adjacent tearoom where you can relax after your meal. It’s the perfect place for spice-loving dates or groups of friendly foodies.

First Course: Mango Strawberry Salad: mango, strawberry, cucumber, baby spinach, ricotta cheese and tamarind dressing

Second Course (choice of 2): Tamarind Chicken: boneless strips of chicken marinated in tamarind, yogurt, black pepper and coriander, served with coconut peanut sauce.
Hyderabadi Nizami Ghost: Boneless lamb with coconut, yogurt, cashews and aromatic spices.

Dessert: Passion fruit kulfi (no idea what this is..but I like the sound of it)

Well. I hope you’re all drooling by now. I know that I am! 

The better question though is what are your choices?

REVIEW: Fig & Olive (UES)



Cuisine: Mediterranean

Price Range: $$$

Notable Dishes: crostini (save the bresaola)/provence vegetables and burrata/chicken paillard salad

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In that weird netherworld between the residential enclaves of the upper east side and the mobs of people creating a human moat around bloomingdale’s, levi’s, diesel and the commercial bear trap of midtown, is a spacious and welcoming mediterranean themed restaurant, Fig & Olive. After a week of seriously heavy eating, I needed to try something healthy and delicious. 

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The winter Fig & Olive salad ($15) is a fresh update to their classic and most popular salad.  New ingredients like caccio de roma and an Arbequina olive oil balsamic dressing gives the salad a tangy taste.

The romaine and endive baby beet salad ($16) is a perfect mix of sweet and savory. Delicious caramelized goat cheese with pistachio and maple pecan nuts, this salad defines what a holiday salad should taste like.

The crostinis is a must-try.  They are great as an appetizer with your friends or a meal for yourself.  There are 11 crostinis on the menu to choose from ($9.50 for 3, $18 for 6) and I would highly recommend trying one of their new additions which had a fig spread, almond bits, and a Manchego cheese to top it off.

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Herbed gnocchi, seared lamb, wilted greens, fig & olive goat cheese and a white truffle balsamic drizzle. Yes, drizzle. I’ve been forgetting to love myself most, lately.