The stunning French Riviera-inspired restaurant will open at Fashion Island in Newport Beach this fall
(NEWPORT BEACH, CA)—This December 2013, FIG & OLIVE arrives at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, marking its Orange County flagship location. The company’s second West Coast location joins existing FIG & OLIVE restaurants in New York City, Melrose Place/West Hollywood, and an upcoming location in Chicago opening summer 2014. Inspired by the coastal regions in the South of France, FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach aims to capture the essence and flavors of the coastal towns along the French Riviera, with a menu crafted by Executive Chef Pascal Lorange.
The multi-faceted design of the 12,000-square-foot, 330-seat dining destination features a variety of functional spaces with natural limestone and white stucco walls throughout and includes dining areas such as:
- Lounge Area with Bar and Crostini Station
- Wine Room
- White Room
- Orchard Room
- 2,646-square-foot Terrace Garden Lounge
“FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach is very reminiscent of the South of France where I grew up: located on a beautiful coast with olive trees all around and refined cuisine and décor,” says FIG & OLIVE Owner/Founder Halasz. “Our new restaurant aims to transport guests to the French Riviera and it is with great thanks to the shared vision of the Irvine Company that we are able to create this true French Riviera ‘oasis’ in the heart of Orange County.”
The menu at FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach caters to a range of different dining experiences. Guests can gather at the Crostini Station to enjoy tasting dishes and shareable small plates such as the Zucchini Carpaccio with fresh Lemon Juice, Pine Nut, Parmesan, and Picholine Olive Oil; Octopus a la Gallega, thinly sliced braised Octopus with marinated Bell Pepper, Fingerling Potato, Black Olive, Basil, Arugula, Pimenton Lemon Dressing, and Cobrancosa Olive Oil; a Fig Gorgonzola Tartlet with Melted Gorgonzola, Prosciutto, Fig, Walnut, Arugula, and Tomato on a fine Puff Pastry, Manchego, Fig Spread, and Almond Crostini; Tuna Crudo with Cucumber, Chive, Cilantro, Lemon Sesame Dressing, and Picual Olive Oil; and Marinated Beef Tartar Filet Mignon with Capers, Shallots, Parsley Dijon, and Olive Oil Emulsion served with olive oil crackers.
For lunch, guests can select a variety of flavorful midday options including a Shrimp & Salmon Riviera Salad, comprised of Tiger Shrimp marinated with fresh Cilantro, shaved Fennel, Avocado, Tomato, and Scallion Toast with Ricotta-marinated Raw Salmon, Citrus, and Cilantro Olive Oil Dressing, and finished with Arbequina Olive Oil; Lobster Bisque with Pimenton Chive Mascarpone and Olive Oil Crackers; and Herbs de Provence Paillard Chicken, finished with Rosemary Olive Oil, and served on a bed of garden heirloom vegetables.
At dinner, patrons can choose from entrées such as Chilean Sea Bass marinated in Lemon Thyme with Carrot, Asparagus, Celery Root Pureé, Fingerling Potato Confit, Charmoula, and Mascarpone Harissa Olive Oil Emulsion; Grilled Branzino glazed with a Fig and 18-year Balsamic Vinegar, Figs, Snow Peas, and a sweet Picholine Olive Oil; and Provence Rosemary Grilled Lamb Chops marinated with Rosemary, Garlic smoked with a bouquet of Herbes de Provence, finished with a Rosemary Garlic Olive Oil, and served with Goat Cheese Gnocchi and Eggplant roasted with Thyme and Honey.
Desserts include specialties such as the paper-thin Warm Caramelized Apple Tart—a family recipe handed down by Halasz’s mother; Chocolate Pot de Crème with Crunchy Praline Financiers; and Fig Cake with Olive Oil Ice Cream.
A diverse wine list includes varietals that represent the distinctive regional flavors of the South of France, Italy, and Spain, over 20 of which are offered by the glass, along with full bottles and Champagne. White wines include a French Sancerre from Domaine de Tonnellerie; Italian Pinot Grigio from Ritratti in Friuli; and California Chardonnay from Hartford Court in the Russian River Valley. Red wines include a Spanish Tempranillo from Valserrano Crianza in Rioja; French Malbec from Chateau du Caillou in Cahors; and California Cabernet Sauvignon from Oberon in the Napa Valley.
Décor & Space
FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach’s 12,000-square-foot space encompasses a variety of seating options, both indoors and out, accommodating up to 330 guests. The various dining spaces at FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach create a range of personalized experiences for its diners—from casual get-togethers to intimate private dinners.
FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach offers a unique retail component featuring over 30 different varietals of olive oil that are all available for purchase. These range in flavor from a delicate and fruity unfiltered extra virgin olive oil from Chateau Leoube in Provence to a buttery Arbequina from Melgarejo in Andalucía, Spain, and a peppery Tuscan olive oil from Villa Lucia. Other products sold include an assortment of infused olive oils, aged vinegars, and specialty olives & spreads. Prices range from $12-32. FIG & OLIVE’s retail collection is available nationally at www.bestoliveoilstore.com/.
About FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach
FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach is located on 401 Newport Center Dr., Suite 151 at Fashion Island, Newport Beach, CA. The restaurant serves French Riviera-inspired fare in an approachable setting suitable for any occasion. FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach is open for dinner daily from 5 – 11 p.m. on Monday – Sunday. The restaurant is also open for lunch Monday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. From Monday – Sunday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. a bar & lounge menu is available. Weekend brunch is offered Saturday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. On weekends, special holidays, and private events, FIG & OLIVE’s lively ambiance is amplified with soulful house and new Downtempo music by St. Tropez‘s celebrity DJ Julien Nolan. Reservations can be made by calling 212.924.1200 and walk-ins are welcome. For more information on the restaurant, please visit www.FigandOlive.com or Facebook and Twitter.
About Fashion Island
As Orange County’s premier coastal shopping experience, Fashion Island features exclusive specialty boutiques, world-class department stores and a diverse assortment of restaurants and cafes. Visited by millions of visitors annually, Fashion Island offers a sophisticated yet relaxed, resort-like atmosphere that is distinctively Southern California, with pristine views of the Pacific Ocean. Owned by Irvine Company, Fashion Island is home to Orange County’s only Neiman Marcus, as well as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Home Store and Macy’s – in addition to Orange County’s only C. Wonder, Ella Moss, Trina Turk, Vince, Joie and Halston Heritage. For more information, please visit www.ShopFashionIsland.com.