The Slow and Savory Review
Luckily, Brandy stumbled upon Fig & Olive in the Gold Coast, the only Chicago location for the line of fine dining restaurants, based on the cuisines of Southern France, Italy, and Spain. So devoted to the distinct ingredients of their namesakes was Fig & Olive that not only did they have fig recipes all over the menu all year (their figs being grown specifically for them by a single farm in California), but also the fact that no butter is ever used in any of their savory dishes, choosing instead to utilize a vast array of olive oils.
She started her meal off with some of the Crostini, asking for three flavors of the chef's choosing. What she ended up with was three absolutely beautiful looking varieties: one with prosciutto, ricotta, fig, and walnut, another with goat cheese, manchego, and chive, and a third with burrata, pesto, tomato, and balsamic drizzle. Each crostini settled its variety of toppings on a simple, crunchy toast slice, all of which held their shape and texture without going limp or soggy. All three of the flavors seemed to Brandy to be the perfect little bursts of flavor, with the slightly sweet and salty prosciutto and fig one standing out a little as Brandy'a favorite.
"I don't think I've felt this pleasantly full in a very long time," Brandy sighed as she patted her belly, "Everything was just so fresh and light that, while I feel satisfied, I don't feel weighed down. This is just how I used to feel after spending all day sitting on a bistro patio, munching away on all those Mediterranean tidbits so long ago!" Prices were a tad on the steep side (most everything was between $12 and $20 a plate), but were easily justifiable when one considered the quality of ingredients and the attention to detail in the food, and though the restaurant was buzzing, Brandy had rarely felt so relaxed by an atmosphere that didn't include an actual beach. "Now that I've had some figs and plenty of olives, I think I'm due for a little relaxing walk down to the ocean...uh, I mean...the lake." Unfortunately for Brandy, that happened to be the weekend of the Air and Water Show, and the Blue Angels made her stroll by the water a little less than calming.
The writers of this blog were invited by the restaurant to dine free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
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