Had I not been meeting a friend for a birthday celebration at Figue I would have been "out of there" in a heartbeat. The restaurant was inundated with the smell of smoke from the pizza oven (and they serve one pizza on the menu?!).
This was a second visit to the new restaurant in our valley. I was anxiously awaiting the opening as I was a regular at Amore that closed the previous year. My first visit was with my husband for a (very expensive) cocktail to check out the new decor.
The decorating is interesting, the menu quirky, the pricing a bit high.
The evening I met with my friend we played musical chairs. First off we were seated on the horribly uncomfortable bar stools as you walk in. The smoke was too unbearable. Then we moved to the brown leather sofa away from the smoke, the sofa was so deep you could not sit comfortably. The sofa is in desperate need of back pillows for support. The only way this can be comfortable is if you are 6'5" or taller.
Then we moved to a long table that could be shared with others. We sat here thru-out our meal and then was told by the management that we had to move for a group that stood glaring at us waiting for the table. Because he was nice enough to offer wine or dessert for the inconvenience we moved back to the smoke-free end of the bar with the uncomfortable bar stools.
Our waitress was very pleasant, if a little late on taking our order (when they were clearly not busy). The food is good, but it is difficult to find something you truly want to order. I am a pseudo vegetarian/gluten free and there is very little here that suited my palate. The menu has plenty of pork though if you are interested!
Probably going to be my last visit at the restaurant until they get the bugs worked out. Or close, because many others are most likely going to be of the same opinion.
Good luck on your own visit!!!!!
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May 27, 2013
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Thank you for your visit.
I am sorry that you did not enjoy Figue. I do apologize for the smoke. We had a belt to one of kitchen exhaust fans break (it sometimes happens) and the restaurant was smoky when you dined with us on Wednesday, April 17. I truly apologize for your discomfort. We do use our Wood Burning Oven for far more than pizza. It is a wonderful and healthy way of cooking and a wonderfully versatile piece of equipment that is used for roasting meats, fish, fowl, game and vegetables as well as baking pastas and breads.
As for our menu, most guests are pleased that we are simply doing another typical restaurant. The Desert has many fine restaurants serving basic American fare and more typically common Italian fare as well. Figue is intentionally different and unique as we want to appeal to the guest that is willing to dine and explore...a culinary adventure if you will. I am sorry that our approach did not appeal to you. Other restaurants sourcing mass produced and commodity products such as farm raised fish, meats raised on genetically engineered feed, hormones and anti-biotics, etc. are certainly lower in price and our Desert has many fine restaurants serving foods from this ingredient base. The Figue standard is different. We source our ingredients from throughout the world. Our Mediterranean seafood is being sourced and flown in from the Mediterranean from trusted specially purveyors. Our meats are all natural, hormone free, anti-biotic free and in most cases are raised organically and by small famers devoted to premier quality. Our produce is always seasonal, fresh and organically grown whenever possible. This means foods that are at their peak of freshness, ripe, and of the highest nutritional value in contemporary Mediterranean ways. We also want to provide real value with premium ingredients such as real Spanish 100% Iberico Belotta ham that costs us approximately $120.00 per pound. This quality comes at a price, especially when served in Italian wines glasses, premium china programs and elegant flatware.
Approximately, 80% of our menu is gluten free or can be made gluten free and we have several vegetarian and vegan menu items as well. We are very nutritionally conscious and are going to great lengths to source the finest ingredients money can buy with emphasis on quality, freshness, vine ripened, farm to table, organic, free range, wild fish, hormone free and anti-biotic free meats and many other criteria that are important to serve the best food. Period. This is our commitment and practice. Yes, this quality comes at a price.
You may google Figue Mediterranean and see for yourself what vegan and gluten free guests and food bloggers are saying about Figue. WE ARE 100% committed to quality and our guest satisfaction. Again, I am sorry that you were less than satisfied and wish that you would have made us aware of your dietary and nutritional needs so we could have had the pleasure and opportunity to prepare something more to your liking.
I appreciate the fact that you are an interior designer and that your husband is an accomplished photographer and is a marketing professional. Thank you for your offer to assist with bar stool selection (i dislike them as well), but I am working with my contracted restaurant designer for alternate selections. I also have a full time marketing team that i am very loyal to and several professional photographers that we have worked with for years, so your offer to introduce us to work with your husband is not necessary, but i do appreciate both of your offers to work with us.
I realize you have a choice in where you dine, and should you return to Figue, i will welcome the opportunity of your personal introduction, so I may personally apologize for your discomfort and dissatisfaction on your last visit.
Thank you again.
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