FIG Restaurant at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, is the latest star shining brightly on Los Angeles’ westside. Having read their review in the LA Times, I was delighted to see another organic restaurant close to home that not only got a good review but also seemed to have integrity in their concept:
“At FIG, we put ingredients first. Our menu is built around what’s in peak season and we are always seeking out the region’s best growers and producers. We serve simple, bistro-inspired dishes that bring out the best of what nature has already put in – nothing experimental or overworked; just pure, flavorful ingredients delivered to your table.”
Simple, seasonal & organic locally sourced food is right up my alley so we added it to our To Do list for the weekend. We ended up popping in for a nightcap (or three!) after we had dinner just to check the place out. The place had great ambiance and as luck would have it, three seats at the bar with our names on them. The bar staff was attentive, knowledgeable and a pretty cool bunch, a definite plus for any bar-dining experience. We hadn’t expected to eat anything but funnily enough our dinner left us still hungry (never a good sign). We each got a complementary fresh baked loaf of bread accompanied by arugula infused butter, then split the farmers’ market salad and tuna niçoise salad, which were both delicious. I don’t normally go for niçoise salads but this one, with its perfectly seared tuna, was brilliant. From only two salads and one baguette (paired with delicious wine), I was one happy camper.
This excerpt from the LA Times hit the nail on the head:
Green is the new gold, and so chefs and restaurateurs are busy trying to position themselves as being sustainable, organic, local or all three. At Fig, I do sense a real commitment to buying what’s fresh and local. The Santa Monica farmers market is just up the street so no excuses really not to shop there. The bottom of the menu lists what has “just arrived,” what is “in peak season” and what is “coming soon.” It’s a small thing, but it functions like a compass to orient diners to the season.
If that wasn’t good enough, the big winner for me is Sunday’s ‘Kegs and Eggs’, their version of the Champagne brunch. For $39 you get an organic fresh egg dish and, wait for it, all you can handle draft beer. Huh? As in unlimited draft beer included. Holy shit. I asked them if they’d had any Irish in yet for it and they hadn’t but loved the idea. Not sure they know what they’re in for but I see an opportunity to make a mark on this kegs n’ eggs soiree. Could be fun so who’s in?
For dessert we had a little celeb spotting with Barbara Streisand and co. having dinner. I guess FIG is getting a name for itself, good on them. I’ll definitely head back for dinner, sooner rather than later and of course I’ll have to hit up Sunday brunch. After all, I do love me some kegs I mean eggs!