Argument: Good things come in small packages.
Rebuttal: Fig & Olive, the XXL Mediterranean restaurant from NYC opening tomorrow on Melrose Place. It’s an 8,000-square-foot mecca of olive oil-drenched deliciousness.
Master the art of small plate snacking (mushroom and artichoke crostini, juicy Santa Barbara prawns) at the 50-foot marble tasting table, then proceed to the airy main dining room or, if you’ve got an al fresco yen, the garden terrace. Potted rosemary and olive trees waft notes of the Riviera as you dine on chilled cucumber soup (owner Laurent Halasz’s mother’s recipe), striped sea bass with garden veggies, and, yes, even olive oil gelato.
End the evening in a big way at the upstairs champagne bar (open Thursday through Saturday), swilling dirty martinis and champagne piscine cocktails while you shake your groove thang to the DJ’s Euro beats.
Think you’ll make your curfew? Fig-idaboutit.
Fig & Olive, 8490 Melrose Place, at La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood (310-360-9100 or figandolive.com). Psst: Go for dinner March 7-11 and mention DailyCandy for a bubbly piscine cocktail on the house. Cheers!
Photo: Lisa Cohen