Four of us tried "Fig and Olive" last Saturday evening after hearing all of the "buzz" about this new place in Scarsdale (Eastchester actually).
All in all-A major disappointment although it appears to be a success (at least for now).
The vast majority of the customers appeared to be young and of the "yuppie" type. The noise level of the restaurant was quite similar to a runway at JFK. After a while, the noise drowns out all
normal conversation, and manages to give one a headache. There has been no attempt at all
to buffer the noise and in fact I seem to think that the owners want it that way to appeal to those who enjoy lots and lots of noise.
My wife and I ordered 2 Vodka Gimlets and were served two very very sweet drinks with a limited amount of Vodka. I had to request two lime slices for our drinks!
A plate containing three different types of olive oils (Mediterranean, California, and North African)
were placed on the table with small slices/cubes of bread. The bread appeared to be quite stale and the olive oils were nothing to write home about. Our server "forgot" to put in the order for my wife's appetizer selection but quickly brought it our which strongly suggests that they are made
well in advance and not "to order"
Two members of our party ordered Caesar Salad with White Anchovy @ $12.00. We were
served two large portions of well dressed salad with each containing a single white anchovy.
The promised olive oil croutons were similar to something out of a box.
My wife ordered the Grilled Chicken Breast which was dried out and tasteless. Two members
of our party order the "Fig and Olive Mediterranean Tasting" @ $30.00 as their main course.
The platter consisted of some of the same dried out grilled chicken, lamb grilled on rosemary
skewers which were hard, tough, and chewy, and 3 small grilled shrimp, which was fair. Also on the platter a small piece of grilled tomato and some Mashed truffled potato's with olive oil which was vile, couscous salad which was also dry, and saffron rice which was fair. Their also was two small bell peppers pieces and
several slices of red onion that was undercooked, on the plate. All in all we were underwelmed
by the dish,although to be fair, the presentation looked nice.
One person had a sorbet desert which came with a small container of rassberry syrup that
was interesting. I noted that there was a selection of tea available @$4.50.
Our wicker chairs were not that comfortable and the tables are so closely spaced together
that the nearby customers seem to be dining with you. Dinner with a drink each averaged
$145.00 with a 20% tip.
The young crowd seemed to be pleased with the noise, poor food, and average service. As for us... Fig and Olive just does not cut it... we shall pass on it in the future.. tried it.. did not like it..