Coastal cuisine from the South of France, Spain and Italy paired with gourmet olive oil, fine wine, and plenty of space for singles to mingle.
Another great restaurant has opened its doors in Los Angeles: Fig & Olive at 8490 Melrose Place at the corner of La Cienega Boulevard.
This is the first West Coast location for the New York-based restaurant group that features Riviera and coastal cuisine from the South of France, Spain and Italy. To kick-off the new Los Angeles venue, Fig & Olive held 3 grand opening nights on March 2, 3 and 4, 2011, packing the 8,000 square foot venue with Los Angeles VIP guests always eager to try the next new, trendy restaurant venue.
The first night: “An Evening in Italy” featured an informal spring couture fashion show by FENDI, cars by Lamborghini, and Italian inspired dishes and cocktails. The following night: “An Evening in Spain” was the theme with Spanish-inspired dishes, and on Friday night, March 4, “An Evening in the South of France” (my favorite) included an informal fashion show by Chloe, hosted red carpet, French-inspired dishes, champagne from Moet & Chandon and French inspired cocktails.
Fig & Olive is a must for olive oil connoisseurs like me, with its large variety of extra virgin olive oils selected to be paired with each dish and offered for tasting at the beginning of each meal. In fact, I’d be perfectly happy to taste the delicious olive oils with delicious crusty breads all night long ― in between sipping one of the many champagnes that Fig & Olive has to offer.
For dinner, the restaurant’s signature dishes include Seared Sea Scallop with Truffle Artichoke Tapenade; Grilled Branzino glazed with a fig balsamic vinegar, served with figs and snow peas finished with a sweet picholine olive oil; Porcini & Gorgonzola Jamon Iberico Ravioli with porcini olive oil; and Grilled Lamb Chops smoked with a bouquet of Herbs de Provence and finished with a rosemary olive oil.
The venue is huge (with a balcony area as well), but made intimate with separate rooms all within an open floor plan. Although the opening celebrations called for cocktail attire, Fig & Olive is a more casual, informal dining experience where reservations are not required for the front part of the restaurant. If you prefer the main dining room or the outdoor terrace, best to book your table in advance.