September may be the month when everyone is expected to get back to work, to school and to all things serious but it is also the time of year we native Los Angelenos call 'Indian Summer.' A moment of heat, warm winds (the Santa Anas) and deep amber sunset skies.
How lucky for us then in the 9040- area to have a chance to enjoy this halcyon moment at the FIG Restaurant (www.figsantamonica.com) located at the historic Fairmont Miramar Hotel (www.fairmont.com/santa-monica) on Ocean Blvd. While the sun is still high in the sky at 6:30pm and sunset is in vivid technicolor, FIG Restaurant offers a wonderful variety of farm fresh and organic dishes along with a well researched and varied wine list.
FIG has an environment that can accommodate any mood, from a spectacular early evening with tables placed overlooking the hotel pool, to a community hightop table at the front of the restaurant, offering customers a late night dramatic setting where they can wine, dine and connect with one another.
Even better, FIG offers a happy hour that seriously challenges every restaurant in town - from tuesday - thursday between 5pm-6pm, the entire menu (excluding two steak dishes) is 50% off. This means all cocktails and the impressive wine list to boot. If you love branzino, you have a chance to get a superb slice of the Italian white fish with fresh vegetables, sofrito, pamplona chorizon and fingerling potatoes for only $16. Or if meat loaf is that dish you never feel like making at home, order it up at FIG and you can tuck into Short Rib, Pancetta, Mashed Potatoes, Nante Carrots, and Haricot Verts for a mere $13. This can enjoyed with a beautiful glass of a Palazzo Bordeaux blend 2008 from Napa that will send you home humming.
FIG also has a well planned cheese flight tasting that pairs beautifully with their Sauvignon Blanc from Honig, “Reserve”, Napa Valley, 2009 or the more subtle Rosé Coteaux Varois from Abbaye Sainte Hilaire, Provence, 2012.
Now that the Thursday night concerts at the Santa Monica Pier are over, after dinner activities can be found right in the hotel at THE BUNGALOW (http://www.thebungalowsm.com), nestled just by the entrance doors of the Fairmont. You can enjoy an after dinner aperitif while you indulge in a game of pool or ping pong overlooking the ocean beyond. As the indian summer recedes, FIG can continue to transport our senses into the autumn breeze.