Fig & Olive: Not Your Ordinary Lunch

July 21, 2015

Picture a large 8,000 square foot space that's bright, light, modern, and elegant. There are two floors of dining space with rosemary plants positioned all around and an olive tree standing prominently in the middle of the room. Olive oil and wine bottles fill the space on the walls and aside from the natural greenery, the only accent color is a bright and modern orange. Welcome to lunch at Fig & Olive on Melrose Place. 

There's no doubt the space is amazing, and the food is just as impressive. The menu is full of shared small plates like an assortment of cheese, crudo tasting, and crostini. There are eleven different toppings for your order of crostini. The Pea and Asparagus with Ricotta, Lemon and Thyme is a perfect bite to start your lunch. Of course, the classic Burrata with Tomato, Pesto and Balsamic is a solid choice.

The olive oil is a focal point here. They not only add it to almost all their dishes, but some of the cocktails are infused with it as well. The server even brings out a tasting of three different olive oils, ranging from buttery and sweet, to peppery and assertive.

Branzino and Paella highlight the menu, and there's even a grilled lamb on rosemary skewers for the more ambitious. The paella del mar is the perfect portion size for midday. Don't expect a huge 17 inch paella dish to roll out. It's not presented as a family-style dish, but it's still enough to share with another person. Although, it's so good, I don't think you'll want to. 

The Fig & Olive: Organic cucumber Vodka, blood orange olive oil, egg white, simple syrup, celery, lime juice blood orange puree.

Olive oil tasting

Octopus a la Gallega: Thinly sliced braised octopus, marinated bell pepper heirloom potato, black olive, basil, arugula pimenton lemon dressing – Cobrancosa Olive Oil 

Crostini (left to right): 1. Mushroom, Artichoke, Truffle, Scallion, Parmesan; 2. Burrata, Tomato, Pesto, Balsamic; 3. Heirloom Carrot, Charmoula, Carrot Tapenade; 4. Pea, Asparagus, Ricotta Lemon Thyme. 
Paella del Mar: Black tiger shrimp, calamari, mussels, sea scallops, saffron, spanish rice, with chicken, green pea red bell pepper, artichoke, saffron aioli, pimenton & oregano – Hojiblanca Olive Oil 

8490 Melrose Pl, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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