Fig & Olive
After a long hiatus due to surgery, I’ve been making my way back to the real world. Which basically means off the couch. I’m part of many foodie related groups on meetup.com. If you haven’t checked this site out, you should. Almost any interest you have, there is a meet up group for it. The host of the group picks and schedules meet ups for members to come and do a certain activity. Or you can even suggest and host your own.
Last Friday, the 312 20 & 30’s Gourmets gathered at the newly opened Fig and Olive located in Gold Coast. On a street with luxury retail shops and hotels, you might almost miss it nestled in between like I did.
When I arrived, I was surprised to not be greeted by a hostess right away. Little did I know, that would happen after I took the elevator from the ground floor up to the 2nd. Once the doors opened, I felt liked I left Chicago and walked into a chic Mediterranean themed escape.
The meal starts with bread and a selection of olive oils. Our waitress explained the different kinds and what to expect with each. I found the middle one to be the best. It had a kick but wasn’t too overpowering. And after dipping the soft bread in, it was a great way to kick off the meal.
With a double sided menu, there were lots of options to choose from. For the appetizers, we choose 6 for the table. Between 2 and 4 bites, these were scrumptious. My favorite was the goat cheese, caramelized onion and the shrimp with avocado. All I can say is that they disappeared fast.
For entrees, there are fish, pasta, and poultry selections. I opted for the Lake Superior white fish. It came steamed in papillote. Underneath was a mix of vegetables and spices. Also hence the name, each dish incorporates a type of olive oil. The fish was cooked perfectly and was a very generous portion. It was tasty but not my favorite vs other variations I’ve had. Also the side of sautéed spinach with fig and garlic left a faint but bitter taste in my mouth.
Our host suggested we order the “Andrew’s Tasting and Sharing Plate”. This gave a sample of 4 dessert items from the menu. The dessert crostini was my favorite out the four. Strawberries with basil and shortbread knocked my socks off. Almost wanted to order a bigger portion for myself.
Overall, Fig and Olive in Chicago has a lot of things going for it. With it being a newly opened restaurant, I’m sure we’ll see new and innovative creations in the near future. For now, the appetizers and desserts shinned through in my book. This would also be a great place for a drink if you frequent the area. Excited about what’s yet to come from the elegant Mediterranean spot.
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