FIG and OLIVE is about passion for the best olive oils, with cuisine based on genuine ingredients and a respect for flavors. Fresh, warm and authentic, the interiors embody the ambiance of the Riviera and coastal regions of the South of France, Italy and Spain – olive branches, pots of fresh herbs, and simple cooking have been its formula since the beginning.
Scheduled to open in 2013, Executive Chef Pascal Lorange – who began his training at a young age with three-star Michelin Chef Georges Blanc in Vonnas, France – will introduce a menu of refined elegance with classic flavors and the highest quality of ingredients inspired by the Riviera and coastal regions of the Mediterranean.
Small plates – perfect for sharing at the long white marble communal table and tasting bar – will range from Zucchini Carpaccio, a Fig Gorgonzola Tartlet, and Crostinis, to imported charcuterie, cheese, olives, and marinated vegetables. Main courses will include signature dishes such as Seared Sea Scallop with Truffle Artichoke Tapenade; Grilled Branzino glazed with fig balsamic vinegar, served with figs and snow peas, finished with a sweet Picholine Olive Oil; and Porcini and Gorgonzola Jamon Iberico Ravioli with Porcini Olive Oil. And, the exceptional wine list at FIG and OLIVE includes over 30 varietals from the South of France, Italy and Spain that are offered by the glass or bottle along with a selection of champagne.
With restaurants in New York and West Hollywood, FIG and OLIVE’s presence in Orange County will be exclusive to Fashion Island. Fashion Island is quickly becoming the center for shopping, dining and entertainment in Newport Beach, Calif., and today continues its renaissance with exciting news that further solidifies the area as the downtown of Newport Beach.
Posted by Suzanna