Monday, March 12, 2012

fig & olive

i know my food posts are mostly on los angeles-based restaurants but since there  fig & olive   is originally from nyc, hope this can help non-"la-ers" as well!

although it really doesn't matter most of times, especially for working folks, but there are days when you just want to go to a nice place to dine but you realize that those restaurants are only open for dinner. . . 
this especially frustrates me when i have out-of-towners and we just don't have all the time in the world to eat 7 meals or we just can't squeeze anymore food into stomach space because we didn't 'evenly consume' food-

so if a restaurant doesn't discriminate against 'lunch' & is lovely during the day time as well as night time, i can't help but to love the place even more! and yes, that is fig & olive for you-

located in beverly hills at the corner of la cienega & melrose, fig & olive's "elegant and warm design with limestone stucco walls, terra-cotta ceiling, and green rosemary and olive trees exudes the essence of the meriterranean. upon entering, guests are welcomes by an impressive display of extra virgin olive oils and display of wines. the main dining room is elegant and intimate with olive branches crafted in black wrought iron and lit with candles" as they describe on their website
personally, i felt that the restaurant kept it very simple & modern which i enjoyed a lot more than some other 'too fancy' restaurants where you have to be extra 'formal'. i also enjoyed their bright atmosphere which made the dining even more pleasant


fig & olive's signature dishes embody executive chef, pascal lorange's passion for the best olive oils and cuisine from the mediterranean region: riviera coastal regions of the south of france, italy and spain. their large variety of extra virgin olive oils was selected to be paired with each dish and to be offered for tasting at the beginning of each meal.  chef pascal lorange creates his menu around carefully selected farmers and ingredients for their genuine taste and seasonality. his tasting bar and communal table menu is informal with shareable plates.

here is the menu for melrose place

what to eat... what to eat...
it was a tough decision we had to make;;
olive oil tasting 
mushroom, truffle artichoke, parmesan crostini
northern italian mushroom & truffle soup
cremini mushroom, garlic, onion, thyme, & white truffle olive oil
ceviche tasting 
ceviche tasting 
crab tartar
with avocado, pine nuts, shallot, tomato
branzino lemon ceviche
-with red onion, tomato, fennel, dill
salmon ceviche
-with orange, grapefruit, lemon, cilantro
sesame tuna tartar
-with chive, shallot, cucumber
fig gorgonzola tartlet
-warm gorgonzola, prosciutto, fig, walnut,
arugula, tomato, scallion on a fine puff pastry
tuna & bay scallop sesame salad
-yellow fin tuna, black pepper, marinated bay scallops,
mixed greens, tomato, cucumber
marcona almond, lemon dressing with toasted sesame oil

always a happy camper with one yummy dish :D 
fig & olive salad 
striped bass papillote
-steamed striped bass filet in papillote with zucchini, eggplant, fennel,
tomato, thyme, scallion, saffron served with olive oil;
mashed potato & chives -- arbequina olive oil
waiter kindly opening up the papillote
so much action
and ta-da~~~ striped bass
striped bass papillote
-steamed striped bass filet in papillote with zucchini, eggplant, fennel,
tomato, thyme, scallion, saffron served with olive oil;
mashed potato & chives -- arbequina olive oil
penne funghi tartufo
-cremini mushroom, black trumpet, parmesan,
parsley, scallion -- white truffle olive oil
paella del mar
-black tiger shrimp, diver scallop, garden vegetable, artichoke tapenade,
saffron rice, pimenton & oregano hojiblanca olive oil
filet mignon
-grass fed beef, marinated with rosemary, thyme and garlic
-- olive oil bearnaise, haricot vert, caramelized shallot,
olive oil mashed potato, chive

another perks? 
they have great happy hour special! 
not only do they have excellent cocktails, they also serve delicious special happy hour munchies on the house! for this alone, the drink prices are justified immediately-


since  fig & olive has so many great dishes to choose from & i did not get to try all of it, i know i will be back for more deliciousness! so look out on updates to this post in the future ;)

i am now happilyfull ♥ 
see you on my next adventure!

16 comments:

  1. I am so hungry just by reading your blog!! So yum!! You have a lovely blog! Came here via 'blog love therapy' blog-hop and now following! Please check out my blog and follow/connect with me! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    -Jyoti
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    1. Hi Jyoti! Thank you for stopping by! Great to hear that you liked the posts!!! :D I am hopping back right now ;)

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  2. eVerything looks sooo good! Now you make me wanna try it. :)

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    1. Yes! If you are in LA or NYC you really shoud ;)

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  3. Ahhhh U always like make hungry hahahaha

    xoxo,
    http://ladies-homejournal.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hellooooooooooo!!! :D hahah that is my favorite comment on my blog for sure ;)

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    2. Hahahah thank you dear.
      But really, u always make me so hungry every time I come to ur blog ^^

      xoxo,
      http://ladies-homejournal.blogspot.com/

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  4. I agree with Jyoti! Did you just hear my stomach growl after looking at these photos! Everything looks amazing, I've not been to LA in a long time and would love to visit this place if I have the chance to go again! Visiting from the blog hop! Would you like to follow each other?

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    1. Aww!!! So happy to hear!!!
      & Yes! Definitely! I will hop back right now :D

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  5. Just found you via the blog hop - this is such a great idea and the place looks GORGEOUS! Your pictures are great too - great post girl!

    http://www.whatrebeccasaid.blogspot.com xxxx

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    1. Hi Rebecca! Happy to hear that you liked the post & blog hop really is a wonderful idea ;)

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  6. wow, the crostini look so good! Your posts are so yummy always! Thanks for sharing another good restaurant! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    -Jyoti
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    1. awww thanks, jyoti!!! hope you have an awesome week as well ;)

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