Fig in Santa Monica

One of the memories that haunt me about Fig was that we were seated right next to a small enclave where there was a private party going on. It was a baby shower and those ladies look like the Kardashian sisters, except that they were not the Kardashian sisters. No, I don't have that type of celeb-spotting luck. We could hear their occasional music during their baby shower games (pop rock, hip hop) and even overheard their entire game of guess-the-celebrity-baby-name. Among the overheard celebrity baby names? Suri Cruise. Oh, hello Los Angeles.

Squash and lentil chili

Not often will you find good restaurants inside a hotel but Fig, located inside the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, does deliver and fortunately it does not fall into the stereotype of sub par hotel restaurants.

The menu at Fig is clean and contemporary American with a focus on seasonal ingredients. The kitchen took squash and lentils and transformed it into their own representation of chili, with kale strips and apple as complements. The seared tuna nicoise salad came with anchovy fillets, quail eggs, and haricot verts. The seared tuna, rare inside, was very fresh although I did wish they had sprinkled just a bit of sea salt over the tuna. The young beets and pistachio salad was lightly refreshing  on a warm sunny day.

Tuna nicoise salad

The big advantage of Fig is the open atmosphere at the terrace that allows ample natural sunlight to flow in while completing the experience of soaking up the vibe of Santa Monica, where the restaurant is located. Fig overlooks the pool and garden area with bountiful trees and if you look through the trees, you will be able to catch glimpses of the Pacific Ocean.

Young beets and pistachio salad

Fig Restaurant
101 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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