Restaurants & Bars

Figs - review.

jacinthe | Nov 15, 2004 10:00 PM

I'm sure that the restaurant has been written on plenty of times before, but sometimes it's good to revisit a familiar place.

We had wanted to go to the Paramount, on Charles Street, but the line was oh-so-long, and it looked like that even at the late(ish) hour of 12:30PM, they were still serving breakfast-type foods. Oof. So we went next door to Figs, where actually I'd never been before, but I've dined at other Todd English restaurants, namely Olives.

Thankfully, Figs wasn't as loud as its neighbour, which was good because my friend and I wanted to catch up. After about a 30-minute wait for a table, and a little mix-up where the group behind us jumped the line and mistakenly took our place, we were seated at a booth near the rear of the restaurant. Time to reupholster the booths - the ragged look is generally not the way to go in a dining establishment.

Foccacia - a touch on the greasy side - and some kind of whole wheat-ish bread were placed on the table after we ordered along with a very fruity olive oil. We split the spinach salad with warm bacon vinaigrette - the dressing was nice and lemon zesty, with bits of thick bacon to spear along with the slightly-wilted spinach leaves.

We then ordered pizza - half the portobello one, half the bianco. I like that you can do this, because it's always so hard for me to make any sort of decisions, especially when it comes to eating. The portobello side featured a light mushroom puree, along with roasted red onions, fontina cheese melted atop with portobello mushroom slices dotting the cheese. The bianco was a dressed arugula and roma tomato salad piled atop a crust with mozzarella and onions already baked into it. Both were good, although there was perhaps too much dressing on the bianco side. Paper-thin crusts proved to be surprisingly sturdy - there was no soggy middle, which sometimes happens with thin crust pizza - and even held up the next day when I ate the leftovers for dinner.

Service was slow - not intermibly so, but enough to be annoying. At least we were seated near the pizza oven so we could watch the pizzas being put together. It was a nice Saturday lunch, a pleasant pause from shopping and being out in the cold.

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