Fig & Olive, West Hollywood

In a city that churns out a new trendy restaurant as fast as they spin out the new A–list celebrity of the moment, The Fig and Olive is a rare phenomenon. If the service and quality of food stays consistent this restaurant will be here for a very LONG time! The theme is centered around local and imported ingredients focusing on flavors from the South of France, Italy and Spain.

After meeting the sommelier an extremely knowledgeable wine enthusiast we were convinced. It was time for some wine tasting. Our server Rob along with the sommelier really made an impression with the perfect suggestions to pair with our menu choices. My favorite was a Sauvignon Blanc from France with hints of Passionfruit and Guava.

We started with three different crostinis. The first consisted of Manchego, Fig and Marcona Almond, the second Prosciutto, Ricotta, Fig, Olive and Walnut and finished with the Mushroom, Truffle Artichoke and Parmesan. Wow! That is all I have to say about those. We tried multiple items on the small plates menu from the Tuna Crudo to the Sea Scallops with Truffle Artichoke Tapenade but the breadwinner was hands down the Fig Gorgonzola Tartlet. A melt in your mouth sensation comprised of warm gorgonzola, prosciutto, fig, walnut, arugula, scallions and tomatoes baked in a puff pastry. Heavenly.

For our entrees we decided on the Penne Funghi Tartufo and Pumpkin Sage Ravioli. Both were nicely presented and tasted great. I thought we were going to need help out the door after all that food but we couldn’t leave without trying dessert! I asked Rob for suggestions and told him how full we were; we needed some cheerleading to get past this final phase. His response was quick “I’ve got the perfect thing; be right back.” I wondered what I had just gotten myself into. I was delightfully surprised when he returned with a mini dessert sampler. What a guy! The dessert sampler included a mini chocolate mousse, maple crème brulee and a “to die for” praline bar. From the first impression to our final goodbye the restaurant held true to the reviews we had read prior.

8490 Melrose Pl, West Hollywood, CA 90069, (310) 360-9100,