Fig & Olive, Meatpacking, NYC

A very nice, well-appointed open & airy space. We arrived a bit early but were seated immediatly in the vast (and as yet empty) dining hall. This place would be great for a large group.

We were started off with an olive oil tasting, which consisted of three olive oils (all approx the same colour) served with large slices of bread. the server indicated where the oils were from and what aromas we could expect to see in them. This was quite interesting and all the oils had quite distinct characteristics.

The only odd thing about the service was that no quality checks were perfomed at all. I’m not sure if maybe it was jsut because we didn’t finish any of our food, not because it wasn’t good but just because we weren’t feeling as hungry as we had thought we were

Fig & Olive was participating in NYC Restaurant week (which was extended until september, much more than a week) and offered a 28$ 3-course lunch. We each had the tartar, which I enjoyed but my dining partner was less than enthusiastic about. It didn’t have too much of notable. We then continued to a lamb kebob (excellent) with a millet type pilaf (mediocre) and for myself a “caramelized” cod fillet with fresh veggies. The veggies were great but the fish was indistinguishable, as cod tends to be but I had thought that the caramelized part would save it.

Dessert was excellent, fresh shortbread “biscotti” with fresh strawberries & cream, and for myself a dark chocolate panna cotta type desert.

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