FIG & OLIVE

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I’m very excited to “dish” on my latest lunch date at executive chef, Pascal Lorange’s super swank, FIG & OLIVE, tucked inside Orange County’s premier shopping destination, Fashion Island. The Newport Beach location opened back in December; however I hope you forgive me for just visiting. When F&O caught wind that I was still missing out, they graciously extended an invitation to come over for lunch and I was excited to make it happen. 

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Every once in awhile a restaurant comes along where the pictures I snap during lunch capture how I felt about a meal a million times more than my words.  My recent dining experience at the French Riviera inspired FIG & OLIVE was one of them. Each and every bite during my meal out-shined the last one. It took much constraint and discipline to not continuously dive across the table and “fork” my lunch date’s plate. She ordered Chef Lorange’s Paella del Mar and now? I want the Paella del Mar. That’s what FIG & OLIVE does to you! But good news — she liked me and was willing to share. 

Now, I’m willing to share with you, because after begging, pleading and promising my second born child for the recipe — I got it just in time for National Paella Day on March 27th! But you will have to wait a few more days, and then I promise I will link up to it!

What to order at FIG & OLIVE?

Here are the other items I was able to taste. And yes, to answer the million dollar question we are all thinking, I was absolutely still full the next morning! 

Fig-and-Olive-Crostini-Appetizers
 CROSTINI
Salmon, Ricotta, Avocado, Pimenton
Mushroom, Artichoke, Scallion, Parmesan (not shown)
Shrimp, Avocado, Cilantro, Tomato
 
Fig-and-Olive-Salmon-Crudo
CRUDO
Salmon with Orange, Grapefruit, Dill, Lemon, Scallion, Chateau Leoube Olive Oil
 
 Fig-and-olive-truffle-mushroom-croquette
TRUFFLE MUSHROOM CROQUETTE
Cremini mushroom, parmesan, bechamel – Truffle Olive Oil aioli
 
Fig-and-Olive-Fig-Gorgonzola-Tartlet
FIG GORGONZOLA TARTLET “Spanish Pizza”
Prosciutto, fig, walnut, arugula, scallion, tomato on a thin puff pastry 
 
Fig-and-Olive-Octopus-a-la-gallega
OCTOPUS A LA GALLEGA
Thinly sliced braised octopus, marinated bell pepper, heirloom potato, black olive, basil, arugula, pimenton lemon dressing, Cobrancosa Olive Oil
 
Fig-and-Olive-filet-mignon-salad
FILET MIGNON SALAD
Creekstone farm filet mignon, arugula, asparagus, tomato, shitake mushroom, scallion grilled onion, parmesan, pine nuts, balsamic and Nocellara Olive Oil
 
Fig-and-Olive-paella-del-mar
PAELLA DEL MAR
Black tiger shrimp, calamari, mussels, saffron rice with chicken, green pea, red bell pepper, artichoke saffron aioli, pimenton & oregano with Hojiblanca Olive Oil and sea scallops. 
 
CRÈME BRULÉE CHEESECAKE Olive oil crisp with caramelized peaches
CRÈME BRULÉE CHEESECAKE 
Olive oil crisp with caramelized peaches

 

So what did JetSet Tot think of FIG & OLIVE?

Unfortunately, she had to attend school; however I did bring her home a nice sampling of the day’s dishes. She really enjoyed the octopus and croquettes, but thought the “Spanish Pizza” was out of this world! She and I will definitely be returning to F&O for lunch during one of our next retail therapy sessions!

Hugs & passports,

– Nicole

Photo credits: Nicole Standley

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5 COMMENTS
  • Viv March 9, 2014

    Wow! What beautiful food presentation. This looks like a wonderful restaurant and one we will add to our list to visit.

  • Jessica Cassidy July 30, 2014

    Oh my! look at that shrimp…my oh my, my favorite and now am drooling 🙂 It looks like a fun restaurant to dine it and they have delicious foods to choose from.

  • Jenn July 30, 2014

    Oh you are making my mouth water over here! All of these dishes look A-MAZ-ING!

  • That all looks so lovely! If I went with hubby he might never want to leave!

  • Christina S August 6, 2014

    Oh wow! Everything is so pretty and sounds delicious! It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a fancy restaurant!

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