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FIG

Deceptively simple, market fresh

$$$

A pricey ($30-60) californian restaurant with organic meat, gluten-free, vegetarian, & vegan options in at Fairmont Miramar Hotel (Santa Monica) with brunch & date night offerings.

Sun-Mon: 7am-2pm Tue-Sat: 7am-11am, 5pm-10pm

310-319-3111

www.figsantamonica.com/

101 Wilshire Blvd.

at Fairmont Miramar Hotel

Review

Taking its name from the voluptuous fruit, Fig turns nature’s bounty into a delightfully sensual culinary experience. The casually elegant restaurant is tucked away on the ground floor of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, but its set-up—with a pewter bar and charcuterie station—is inviting for locals and out-of-towners alike.

Fresh, seasonal produce guides the menu, so it’s perpetually rotating. Small plates abound, perfect for sharing. Our “blistered” little gem romaine hearts salad was pleasingly savory—singed on all edges, salted with white anchovies and nutty Reggiano cheese. We also enjoyed the tanginess of the marinated young beet salad and the fluffiness of the scarlet quinoa studded with marcona almonds.

Proteins can be hit or miss; on our visit, golden raisins and tangerines overpowered our scallops’ delicate, natural sweetness. But our lamb medallions with slow-roasted tomatoes were mouthwatering. When the kitchen sticks to unfussy preparations, it’s pure bliss.

CLEAN BITES

Adventurous palates will enjoy the restaurant’s  Feed Me! program; Chef Ray Garcia will prepare a custom combination of current Fig favorites and off-menu surprises for the table.

The chef personally scours the Santa Monica Farmers Market each week for produce.

The restaurant has a dedicated forager, who is charged with visiting farms throughout the state to procure the tastiest organically grown fruits, veggies and specialty foods.