Into the behemoth that was Republic comes Fig & Olive, an extension of the NY-based Mediterranean eatery and tasting bar that focuses on the coastal cuisines of Southern France, Italy, and Spain with olive oil as its main ingredients. Executive chef Pascal Lorange oversees the menu at all four Fig & Olive locations (inclusive of the LA locale) ensuring that ingredients are sourced seasonally and from local farmers when possible. How to dine. First, decide to sit at either the 50-foot marble tasting bar and communal table or select a seat in the main dining room, inside or out. Each meal starts with a taste of three olive oils paired with the restaurant's house-baked rosemary olive oil Fougasse bread. From there order a coastal wine selection or a fresh fruit cocktail, and move on to small plates ($12-$17) like Zucchini Carpaccio with fresh Lemon Juice, Pine Nut, Parmesan, and Picholine Olive Oil, or a Fig Gorgonzola Tartlet with Melted Gorgonzola, Prosciutto, Fig, Walnut, Arugula, and Tomato.
Dinner feels more substantial with Grilled Branzino glazed with a Fig and 18-year Balsamic Vinegar, Figs, Snow Peas, and a sweet Picholine Olive Oil, and Rosemary Grilled Lamb Chops marinated with Rosemary, Garlic smoked with a bouquet of Herbes de Provence, finished with a Rosemary Garlic Olive Oil.
Anyone who has frequented the defunct Republic is well aware of the venue's two-floor spacious interior, 8,000 square feet total, room to seat 300 diners. Upon entering the restaurant's ground floor guests will notice a retail space selling olive oils, the marble tasting bar and communal table, a bar space, plus lounge seating. Walk straight back to the main dining room which feels earthy and rustic with fig lighting fixtures, woven sofas and chairs, rosemary plants, and olive trees. The dining room also leads out to an enclosed terrace for al fresco dining.
Upstairs sits the Fig & Olive Champagne Bar & Lounge which accommodates up to 50 and serves cocktails like Fig Mojito, the Cucumber Cosmopolitan, the Blood Orange Vodka-Rossellini.
Fig & Olive soft launches March 2 and will be hosting three private opening parties on March 2, 3, and 4 from 6-9PM. The restaurant will be open for regular reservations from 9PM-close on these nights.
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