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101 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Every upscale restaurant in Los Angeles these days seems to be about farmer’s market cuisine, but only one takes it to the next level with an official “Forager” on staff who travels California searching for farmer’s market fare to supply the menu: FIG at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.The Forager (or helper elf, as we like to think of him) ensures that Chef Ray Garcia gets only the freshest produce and proteins on his menu for dishes like Pacific mussels cooked in Chablis with tarragon; scarlet quinoa with chard, roasted carrots, apples and Marcona almonds; and short rib and pancetta meatloaf with classic mashed potatoes, carrots and broccoli di cecco. Whether it’s just for a fig mojito and a charcuterie plate at the huge pewter bar, or a full-on dinner date, taking your best gal here is like dining with your favorite farmer’s daughter and picking the produce fresh from your very own vegetable patch…you know, without actually having to get your hands dirty. If you’re solitary, there’s always the communal table, where you can be sure of making new friends by the time dessert comes around, especially if you’re willing to share the signature FIG bars, which are sort of like enormous Fig Newtons with a dollop of tangy Greek yogurt ice cream on the side.
Just as FIG has its own Forager, we’ve rooted around for the best deal for you. Designed for two people, the special we arranged is perfect for a half-price date night. Pay $30 now, then when you head into the restaurant for dinner you will receive $60 off your meal.
- At the bottom of FIG’s menu, you can read a quick report card about what’s in season at the farmer’s market now, and what is coming up. That way you can anticipate what there might be to eat the next time you dine here.
- The restaurant’s extensive sustainability efforts include filtering water in-house, composting, making hand soap out of the used fryer oil, and having a bicycle valet.
- During the weekends this summer, FIG opens a poolside hot dog cart serving up simple classics, and more gourmet dogs with toppings like carnitas and green chili lentils, as well as a few specialty cocktails to cool you down on the hottest sunny days.