Like a swift moving sirocco, FIG & OLIVE landed gently on Oak Street in the summer of 2014. Since that time, they have continued to offer a range of Mediterranean specialities (sans butter, mind you) in a setting that is cosmopolitan and hospitable.
Upon entering from the street, you'll find yourself presented with an elevator that will take you up, up, and away to the second floor which has an expansive bar area that features an atrium. This is, along with the culinary delights, the masterstroke here at the restaurant.
As previously noted, one of the distinguishing notes here at Fig & Olive is the use of distinguished olive oils. As you start, you'll be presented with three unique virgin olive oils to accompany their bread made on premises. After such an indulgence, you'll want to move on to one of their cocktails. I'll cast my lot with the fig & walnut julep (above), which includes bourbon, St. Germain, muddled black mission figs, mint and fresh citrus. You can prepare for your own violet hour by looking over the entire cocktail menu here.
Amidst the vast array of first plates, I can heartily recommend any of the crostini. My particular favorites include the ones that feature manchego, cured salmon, or the burrata. A quick perusal of the menu will reveal that other starters are quite fine, and the indulgence of the truffle mushroom croquette (above) is quite appropriate for any evening out on Oak Street.
Moving on, my personal picks for mains would include the paella del mar (above). The dish lives up to the last word in its title with a fine cornucopia that includes black tiger shrimp, mussels, calamari, accompanied with saffron arborio rice and a range of fresh vegetables. On the other side of things, the Chilean sea bass is another aquatic culinary muse and it is prepared with lemon thyme, carrot, asparagus, and mascarpone.
Before you head out into the night, perhaps you'll try dessert? I'd recommend the tasting and sharing plate, which includes four bite-sized versions of the chocolate pot de creme, the crunchy praline and green apple sorbet. It's certainly a lovely way to end the evening.
Photos Courtesy of FIG & OLIVE