Food Porn Friday | Fig and Olive | Newport Beach

Friday, September 26, 2014


As a member of Yelp Elite 3 years running now, I make it a priority to find the latest and greatest in haute cuisine from OC to LA and errwhere in-between. 

I’m the foodie who would much rather dine somewhere new each and every meal than to repeat experiences especially when there’s so much good stuff out there! It takes a LOT to become a rotating fave, usually with craveable dishes that I can remember savoring sight unseen or when they’ve become such staples in my diet (yes, sushi!) that I can’t go a few weeks without. 

With Food Porn Friday posts and yelp reviews, I commit myself to not only remembering every dish ordered and eaten, but every thought and immediate response so that you, my dear readers, are right there along for the epicurean ride. It seems local restaurants have taken notice and often send invitations to dine with the emphasis to review and critique their cuisine. 

This particular visit to Fig and Olive in Newport Beach was sponsored by the establishment themselves, an invitation back to score higher points than my average rated review of 3 stars (out of 5) having dined there before for brunch. I made a conscious effort to order dishes they should be known for, in particular anything highlighting their usage of coastal European olive oils, infused as the core ingredient of their most popular dishes. Let’s take a look at what’s on the menu today my loves: 


Half dozen flight of oysters Malpeque, Kumamoto, Fanny Bay served with a trio of mignonette. Just eh. When you’ve had the seafood tower at Mastro’s, I don’t think anything compares in Orange County.


Crudo tasting with a trio of salmon, tuna, and beef tartar:
One of my biggest gripes is when crudo comes out warmer than room temperature. This one’s debatable as I’m sure there are some who prefer their raw meats and fish a little on the warmer side, but for me I like it slightly chilled, if not at room temp. It felt like this dish had been sitting there waiting to be run to the table or worse yet, sitting there waiting to be sliced and served. Either way, completely lackluster even though soaked in heavy-handed claim-to-fame olive oil.


Crab and Heirloom Tomato with jumbo lump crab, heirloom cherry tomato, garlic cilantro, shallot, harissa, avocado basil tapenade, Picholine Olive Oil. As you can see, they are not stingy with their crabmeat. I love how refreshing this dish tastes; the cold stringy crab with a creamy dollop of avocado was just the thing to beat the afternoon heat. One of my favorite appetizers and I’m not a fan of crab by any means.


White Sea bass marinated with lemon thyme, carrot, asparagus, celery root puree, heirloom potato, charmoula, mascarpone harissa olive oil emulsion. The ingredients work nicely together as the celery root puree gives the fish a hearty base and the pan seared coating provides a much needed crunch for texture. The biggest MISS here? The fish was wayyyyy overcooked. The meat was completely opaque from center to skin, an indication that they left this piece of fish on the skillet probably 45 seconds longer than it should have been. I’m no expert at cooking, but even a novice like me knows when something is dun-dizzo. Flavors are there, but execution failed.


Skinny fries with truffle olive oil and parmesan. If you don’t come to dine, at least come for these heavenly fries and a cocktail! You can smell this baby from a mile away and tastes as savory as it looks! We left no fry untouched as this was the easy highlight of our meal.


Cocktails: (Left) Old-fashioned for him (Right) Sweet Red Pepper with tequila, aperol, freshly muddled strawberries, lime juice, passion fruit syrup, sweet red pepper, bitters pour moi. You must tell the bartender to remove the syrup altogether to save the tequila from complete catastrophe. I want to taste the liquor, not the liqueur.

Fig and Olive
151 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 877-3005 

Have y’all been to Fig and Olive? What did you think?

Happy Friday lovers!
Hope you’re enjoying the first week of fall!

Bon appétit mes amis!

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11 comments

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  2. WOW, the food looks so delicious, I wii be hungry when I see this pictures.
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  3. I seriously love truffle fries! I'm putting this place on my to try! :)

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  4. Damn gurl! That white sea bass and the skinny fries look so freaking good! I like oysters but I'm not a fan of raw fish or meat tartars! You are looking so glowing and I love your sleek lined eyes!

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  5. I think it's great that you like to try out new places rather than go to the same ones over and over again. It means you get to experience as much as possible! The food here looks GOOD.
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  6. Great review! The dishes look great, but overcooked fish and warm crudo is a big no no for me...

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  7. Delicious photos!

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  8. Yay! I'm a Yelp Elite as well but sadly, I haven't been able to go to all the fun events. The food looks so good and surprisingly, I haven't been there! By the way, I just added you on Yelp! Hope you don't mind!

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  9. Everything looks DELICIOUS! yummmm.

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Give it to me...gimme that funk, that sweet, that gushy stuff

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