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A Mediterranean-influenced bistro in Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica.

Breakfast daily, Lunch Mon.-Sat., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sun.

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FIG, Santa Monica, CA

FIG Restaurant Review

: FIG, the bistro in Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, is named after the Moreton Bay fig tree that is the centerpiece of the beautiful courtyard at the hotel's entrance. The space encompasses several different areas, including a private room, pewter bar and a dining room with sliding doors that open up to the terrace (with a few desirable tables) and the pool and gardens just beyond. Start off with charcuterie --- the pork rillettes are a point of pride --- or a sampler from "Eric's Stash," the name given to the selection of global cheeses curated by fromager Eric Brazel. Overseeing the kitchen are executive chef Yousef Ghalaini and chef de cuisine Cyril Kabaoglu. The Mediterranean-influenced menu incorporates locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Carrots might take center stage in a salad combining raw and cooked preparations. Other starters could include charred octopus with cranberry beans, caper berries, sherry vinegar and mint. Move on to whole fried sea bream or grass-fed lamb shank served on a bed of Moroccan couscous. For dessert, patrons may encounter an almond clafouti or a chocolate-covered peanut butter bar with a playful topping of popcorn. Beverage-wise, there's an interesting wine list, along with local beers on draft and classic and original cocktails.
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