The much-anticipated new restaurant, Figue Mediterranean has opened! Located at 47-474 Washington Street in La Quinta, CA (telephone: 760-698-9040; www.eatfigue.com), Figue (the name rhymes with “intrigue”) is the brainchild of noted restaurateur Lee Morcus. Figue is a stylish and casual fine dining gathering place that celebrates, through its food, wine and ambiance, the colorful and lively cuisine and cultural melting pot that characterize the Mediterranean region.
Heading the culinary team is Executive Chef Francois de Melogue who has earned a stellar reputation for his skill as a chef and as a culinary historian. De Melogue is a personable and seasoned chef who has great appreciation for the fusion of great flavors that emanate from the Mediterranean region. He has earned acclaim at such restaurants as the Relais & Chateaux-designated Old Drovers Inn in New York, the Bakery and Pili.Pili in Chicago and Joel Robuchon’s Gastronomie restaurant in Paris. The American-born chef was born to French parents, grew up in the United States and spent his summers with his family in Marseille, France.
Figue is an inspired blend of the casual and the sophisticated; the old and timeless classic melds with fresh, new and modern. The vision for the restaurant is to offer guests a relaxing yet visually stimulating experience that sets the stage for the colorful and intoxicating food found in the Mediterranean part of the world.
The design and decor of Figue will be as intriguing as the food. The unique building combines the design feelings of today with the rich history of the Mediterranean, allowing guests to experience everything the Mediterranean has to offer. The restaurant is comfortable and casual with plenty of artistic interest. Visual contrasts are everywhere in the restaurant, most noticeably in the whimsical explosion of light fixtures in contrasting styles that hang in random patterns throughout the large dining room.
Figue’s cuisine offers an enchanting culinary adventure. Everything on the menu is designed to be shared; the sense of community is a part of what makes Mediterranean style so inviting. The menu is organized in six sections; Salumi & Cured Meats, Small Dishes, Soup, Salads & Pasta, Big Plates, Sides, and Desserts.
posted by Anna Nguyen