Grand Opening of Fig and Olive Newport Beach in Fashion Island


January 4, 2014 by danisdecadentdeals

fig and olive grand opening, newport beach, fashion island

Fig and Olive Newport Beach Entrance

On Friday, December 20, 2013, the restaurant FIG & OLIVE opened its’ doors in Newport Beach, CA with a new home in the prestigious outdoor mall, known as Fashion Island.  I was excited to attend the preview party on December 18th sponsored by Riviera Magazine with an opportunity to check out a smattering of what Fig & Olive had to offer to the OC scene and I was quite impressed!  The company’s second West Coast location joins existing Fig & Olive restaurants in

fig and olive grand opening, newport beach, fashion island

Chef Pascal Lorange and Francisco and his Iberico ham from Spain

Melrose Place/West Hollywood, New York City, and an upcoming Chicago restaurant will be opening summer 2014. Food from the restaurant is inspired by the coastal regions in the South of France along the French Riviera, with a menu designed by Executive Chef Pascal Lorange.

fig and olive grand opening, newport beach, fashion island

Fig and Olive Bar

Fig & Olive owner/founder Laurent Halasz grew up in the town of Mougins which is located south of France and he envisioned the Newport Beach location to be somewhat of a California Riviera coastline comparable to the atmosphere found along the French Riviera. 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 Halasz. “Our new restaurant aims to transport guests to the French Riviera and it is with great thanks to the shared vision

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French Riviera – 5 year anniversary with husband

of the Irvine Company that we are able to create this true French Riviera ‘oasis’ in the heart of Orange County.”  I must say I agree…having visited the French Riviera myself, see picture 🙂 Newport Beach definitely has a gorgeous similarity to the coastline of France and I enjoyed my time there thoroughly in June 2010! 🙂

fig and olive grand opening, newport beach, fashion island

French Riviera – my trip in June 2010

The new Fig & Olive restaurant in Newport Beach encompasses many awesome areas such as a lounge, 3 different rooms, and a nearly 2,700 square foot terrace garden lounge!  A diverse wine list includes varietals that represent the distinctive regional flavors of the South of France, Italy, and Spain.  There are over 20 types of wine offered by the glass, along with full bottles and champagne.  This makes me very happy being a wine lover myself. I love the variety of choices.  There is also a crostini station at the end of the bar with a variety of cured meats, marinated vegetables, cheeses, and small plates.

fig and olive grand opening, newport beach, fashion island

Food Sample 15

For food items, Executive Chef Pascal Lorange has created a menu centered on farmers market and hand-selected ingredients for their genuine taste and seasonality. “At Fig & Olive, we highlight our menu’s core ingredient of olive oil, which we use in place of butter in our dishes—ranging from a sweet and delicate olive oil that pairs well with a Steamed Lemon Sole Papillote, to a green-fruit olive oil that we serve with a Green Apple Sorbet,” says Lorange.

fig and olive grand opening, newport beach, fashion island

Iberico Ham

Executive Chef Pascal Lorange trained at the three-star Michelin-rated Restaurant Georges Blanc in Vonnas, France at the age of 19 and he continued to become established and well known while working as a private chef to Spanish singer Julio Iglesias and cooking for celebrities such as Oscar de la Renta, Princess Stephanie of Monaco, and the Clintons. Lorange finds inspiration along with Halasz during their yearly endeavors through Italy, Spain, and the South of France, where they have an opportunity to continue to discover new olive oils and local recipes to create a seasonal and ingredient-driven menu.

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Food sample 16

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 nuts, parmesan, and Picholine Olive Oil or a Octopus a la Gallega which has thinly sliced braised octopus with marinated bell pepper, fingerling potato, black olive, basil, arugula, pimenton lemon dressing, and Cobrancosa Olive Oil.  There are many other small bites as well!

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Food Sample 8

For lunch, guests can select from a variety of flavorful options including a Shrimp & Salmon Riviera Salad, comprised of Tiger shrimp marinated with fresh cilantro, fennel, avocado, tomato, scallion toast with ricotta-marinated raw salmon, citrus, and cilantro olive oil dressing, or a Lobster Bisque with pimenton chive mascarpone, as well as a variety of many other options.

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Fig and Walnut Julep

Some popular choices at dinner include Chilean Sea Bass marinated in lemon thyme with carrot, asparagus, celery root purée, fingerling potato confit, charmoula, and mascarpone Harissa Olive Oil Emulsion or a grilled branzino glazed with a fig and 18-year balsamic vinegar, figs, snow peas, and a sweet Picholine Olive Oil. There are also a variety of other decadent entrees to select from.

fig and olive grand opening, newport beach, fashion island

Food sample 18

Desserts include a 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.

fig and olive grand opening, newport beach, fashion island

Olive Oils

Fig & Olive Newport Beach is also currently offering over 30 different varietals of olive oil that are all available for purchase that range from different regions in France and Spain as well as an assortment of aged vinegars, and specialty olives & spreads. Prices range from $12-$32.

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Lots of new friends

Fig & Olive Newport Beach is located on 401 Newport Center Dr., Suite 151 at Fashion Island, Newport Beach, CA and they are open for lunch, brunch, & dinner daily.  On weekends, special holidays, and private events, FIG & OLIVE’s has soulful house and new Downtempo music by St. Tropez‘s celebrity DJ Julien Nolan.

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Fresh and Local Ingredients

Head into Fig & Olive today and share your experience with me below! This is definitely an awesome place to check out if you are looking for a new and exciting meal experience, a special occasion, a date night or a night out with the family! I hope to return to visit Fig & Olive soon!

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45 thoughts on “Grand Opening of Fig and Olive Newport Beach in Fashion Island

  1. Veronica says:

    Amazing food and great reviews as always. Looked like a nice time

  2. ladymarielle says:

    You always have some much fun! Food looks amazing too!

  3. Mark Nelson says:

    Food looks way too good.

  4. The food looks fantastic! I love that you can buy the olive oil from the recipes right at the restaurant.

  5. John Cutler says:

    Wow, the Food looks really good. Nice place

  6. kungphoo says:

    Looks like a fun place to go! Says summer of 2014 in NY..

  7. It looks like a very nice restaurant with a very exquisite/ rich menu! I will check it out when back on the area!

  8. Jessica says:

    my mouth is watering, fantastic review, looks divine!

  9. Jeff Brand says:

    I’m glad I just ate because I’d be starving reading and looking at these pics! I would love a place like this here.

  10. I have never heard of a Fig and Walnut Julep. Would love to try it….Lisa Hodges

  11. Dov Shapira says:

    Pascal Lorange resume is just too Awesome
    I truly would love to dine there

  12. Jim Striegel says:

    It all looks so amazing. I would like to try Pascal Lorange soon!

  13. Looks like an amazing place! The food looks so good!

  14. Yvonne Brown says:

    I love your style! And the raspberries look fresh!

  15. I was very excited to try Fig and Olive, the restaurant is very promising.

  16. Wish we had gone on the same day. I love the pictures of you in the French Rivera. You guys are such an adorable couple!

  17. Vicki Bezio says:

    This food looks delicious.. I love olive oil!

  18. Im not usually moved by food and party images, but this really looks like a great place to let lose and enjoy life. Thanks for such a great post and all of the good images.

  19. Jo Casey says:

    Beautiful looking food and surroundings – thank you for sharing.

  20. Jamie says:

    Now did you actually cut your own meat? =) Looks like a fun night… and a great venue to have dinner at.

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