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Dec 11, 2011 10:51 AM

Fig Restaurant Santa Monica Review

One of the few restaurants of this caliber to offer such an amazing deal, I had to try it for myself. First of all from 5PM to 6PM everyday, Fig Restaurant (Inside the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica) offers their entire menu at 50% off including Cocktails and their wine list!! (excludes truffle dishes). To add to the excitement, park at the valet with confidence, since the restaurant will validate it for you for the first 3 hrs, making this one of the few (and maybe the only) upscale hotel in this area to be able to get valet for free.
For reference the SLS charges $15 regardless if you are dinning at Bazaar.

"Honey under the Kilt" (12 year Scotch, Honey, Tarragon and Lemon)

The cocktail was pretty well balanced (albeit a bit too much Scotch for my taste, but I don't think most would complaint about that) they honey did a nice job at smoothing the punch from the Scotch, along with the lemon to add a touch of freshness and acidity and surprisingly the tarragon added a nice herbaceous finish.

Starter - Foie Gras & Chicken Liver Parfait with Fig Marmalade & toasted Baguette
One of the most famous starters at FIG and with good reason. It was very good, the combination of Foie Gras with a sweet accompaniment is classic, and this one did not disappoint. The Fig Marmalade was delicious and I just wished there would have been more of it, as there really was not enough for the 3 pieces of toast.
The Parfait comes of course with the fat on top, which you take out and set aside to find the delicious livery goodness. Be forewarned though that it is a bit heavy on the livery notes. I wished it would have had more Foie, less Chicken Liver but that's just me. I was able to taste the Foie Gras notes separately from the Chicken Liver ones.

Scallops, Cauliflower pure, Pine Nuts, Golden Raisins and Tangerines
Delicious!! Superbly fresh tasting, well cooked and a very nice combination with the creamy cauliflower pure chewy sweet golden raisins and a nice tang and sweetness finish with the tangerines. The pine nuts added a nice nutty flavor and a bit of crunch.

Nutella & Chocolate Tart with Candied Hazelnuts and Marshmallow cream

This tart is not for the faint at heart. Consider yourself warned! it was very good, but also extremely rich and dense. The crust is almost non existent and the dish really could have used another texture to cut through the richness of all that chocolate. It was difficult to taste the nutella, although hints of it are noticed, it was overpowered by the rich, rich chocolate. Definitely a desert to share.

The service was overall really good, however I'll point out a few things:
The waitress continuously called us "Dear" which I sort of didn't like, specially due to the fact that most of us were older than her!... but don't get me wrong she was very courteous.
She also forgot to take someones plate 2 times, however she did take everyone else's.
These were minor glitches, but overall for the price (50% off from 5pm to 6pm) and service and free valet when you validate it at the restaurant, it was an amazing deal, great service and a true foodies place.

feel free to take a look at my photos & complete review here:

I welcome any questions you may have,


100 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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  1. i love fig.
    i'd like to add one more recommendation:
    get a flight of cheese too.
    they have about 25 cheeses from all over the world on their ever-changing cheese menu and, in addition, their charcuterie guy, eric, usually has a few more in his stash.
    you can get a pre-conceived flight, or you can confer with eric to tell him you preferences so that he can construct a customized flight for you.

    3 Replies
    1. re: westsidegal

      thanks westsidegal!
      i would assume these are also on their 50% off menu from 5 to 6??
      definitely will do the cheese flight next time!
      I will say that for the price of the scallops, you don't get much... someone in our group got the short rib & panchetta meatloaf with mash potatoes and they loved it... and it was a larger portion than the scallops and about $4 less...
      ill try that next time i think... along with the cheese flight to start
      i think it would be a good combination...

      1. re: yesilovestotravel

        yes, iti's part of "deal."
        btw, i believe the restaurant is sold out this thursday for a private party, so confirm before you go.
        this is the time of year that corporations will often take over hotel restaurants for their holiday parties, so for the next few weeks i'd call to confirm.

        1. re: westsidegal

          Fig is absolutely splendid. I ate out for lunch in Santa Monica for about two months straight, and determined that Fig is one of the best places in the area with a very talented kitchen. The combination of flavors and delicateness of the tastes was extraordinary. I'm not a big eater of this type of upscale food, but I finally got what people like about it. Properly done, it's opening up new parts of your tongue!