Fig and Olive on Melrose Place

We finally made it to dinner at Fig and Olive on Melrose Place this weekend with our friends Steve and Sarah. We actually figured out it had been over 5 years since we had gone to dinner alone as adults and were shocked by how time flies. So Fig and Olive was the perfect place to celebrate our 5 year anniversary dinner with them (just kidding!).

Let me start off by telling you that the restaurant is GORGEOUS. All 8,000 square feet of it.  The main dining room has a rustic open air feeling with woven furniture surrounded by rosemary plants and centered with, you guessed it, an indoor olive tree. Beyond that there is an enclosed terrace for actual al fresco dining. Stepping inside felt like an instant vacation (without the long flight) to the coast of the Mediterranean. What more could one want from a dining experience? And when we left at 10 pm the music was pounding, the main restaurant was filled with young hipsters, the communal carerra marble table didn’t have one extra seat, and we didn’t feel any sense of from our little indoor/outdoor room.

The dinner menu, with entrees ranging in price from $17 to $45, had so many options to choose from; but the highlights for us included appetizers of the crostini with Manchego, Fig, Marcona Almond, we gobbled up the Jamon Serrano carpaccio, fig, warm goat cheese with chive sherry vinegar, and the Chicken, cilantro, Greek yogurt bell pepper, scallion Samosas were delicious. For entrees we all cleaned our plates and ordered the following: Lemon Sole with zucchini, eggplant and olive oil mashed potatos, the Seared Organic Salmon, The  Grilled Branzino glazed with 18-year-old balsamic vinegar, figs, snow peas and finally the seafood Paella with artichoke tapenade and saffron rice.

We would go back in a second!

Salmon

Branzino

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