My niece and I recently visited Fig & Olive Restaurant in Newport Beach and enjoyed their weekend brunch. The prix fixe weekend brunch is available for $28 and for a limited time, includes a complimentary meal for children 10 and under free. The place was a decadent dining experience and the décor was of utmost sophistication.
When we arrived, my niece commented that it was “such a fancy place,” a treat for both of us for sure. We were seated in the private dining area and proceeded to try out the amazing brunch that is raved about.
Our drinks came out first and I had their coffee while my niece tried their chocolate milk. Drink choices for kids included milk, chocolate milk and orange juice. For adults, they had the option of alcoholic drinks, including wine, however I was very happy with their coffee. It was delicious.
After drinks, we were served an assortment of bread which included chocolate croissants! I immediately dug in as chocolate croissants are my favorite. The croissant was very moist, and the chocolate just melted in my mouth. I wanted to share with my niece, but just couldn’t part with any of it so I told her to reach for her own piece of bread.
For my appetizer, I chose to go with the house made granola with fresh fruit. It tasted delicious and I enjoyed it very much. My niece devoured the fresh fruit off the granola, but soon abandoned it for her chicken fingers which were crispy fried chicken strips served with tomato basil dip and skinny fries. She finished her meal raving about how good it was.
I chose to try the Grilled Thyme Chicken Paillard, described as “grilled free range marinated chicken breast with lemon & thyme, arugula, spinach, brussel sprout, pickled red, onion, tomato, haricot vert, almond, bell pepper, caper, lemon and Picholine olive oil.” It was the perfect portion size and the flavor was perfect. The greens were dripped in olive oil and one could taste the lemon flavor on the garnish.
For dessert, my niece and I shared the Chocolate Pot de Crème. It included crunchy praline financiers & vanilla cream, but all in all, the name just does not do it justice. This dessert was heavenly. The chocolate pudding was very rich, though I couldn’t tell you if it was dark or milk chocolate.
I saw others who went with Fig & Olive’s famous “dessert” crostini – a pistachio shortbread topped with Amarena cherry, mascarpone, and micro-basil.
I am a chocolate lover so to start my meal with chocolate and end it with chocolate was all I could ever ask for. I would highly recommend Fig & Olive as a place to have your weekend brunch. The atmosphere is welcoming and the service is outstanding. Although the place is somewhat large, it definitely has a small town feel to it and the dishes featured appeal to guests wanting to try a delicacy. Inviting out of town guests would be ideal, and so would a family celebration such as an anniversary or birthday.
Guests who opt for FIG & OLIVE’s French Riviera-inspired three-course prix-fixe brunch menu ($28*) will receive a complimentary meal from the kids’ menu (*one main course, plus a soft drink per child; children 10 and under). Pint-size foodies can choose from the following offerings:
- ¼ Roasted Chickenwith Herbs de Provence, rosemary, garlic, lemon, and mashed potato
- F&O Pizzawith tomato, mozzarella, and basil
- Chicken Fingerswith crispy fried chicken strips served with tomato basil dip and skinny fries
- Fish Croquetteswith lemon mayo
- Penne Pastawith olive oil, cheese, or pesto
Brunch is available Saturday & Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
Fig & Olive
151 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660