Sunday, November 29, 2015

Figo

Byblos, Patria, Weslodge, Nao Steakhouse, La Societe, America and now comes Ink Entertainment's latest - Figo.  Located at John and Adelaide, the Italian inspired eatery brings even more bustle to the already busy intersection (home to La Carnita, Sweet Jesus, Montecito, Ravi Soups, Flock, Khao San Road and of course Hooters).  Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, Figo is a great option before taking in a movie at the TIFF Bell Lightbox or a Mirvish show.
The cocktails are fun and fresh, especially the punch Americano (Figo's take on sangria).  Ordering one (or three) of the house ricottas to start is a must.  We tried the one with red grapes, speck and chili oil but on our list for next time is the honey truffle and black pepper. The other must order appetizer is the zucchini friti.  The spirals of fried zucchini are made deliciously sweet with honey and lemon crema fresca.  There are plenty of pizza and pasta options.  Warning: only try the rapini pesto pasta if you are really into the bitter flavour of rapini.  The goat cheese and lemon zest that come on top of the dish don't cut the bitterness much.  The lamb was grilled perfectly and served with a pine nut and artichoke puree.
We also really enjoyed the restaurants atmosphere and décor.  From the floral painted ceilings, to the open concept kitchen and colourful tiles in the restrooms, Figo's small details in its food and design definitely don't go unnoticed.
 
(Punch Americano) 
(Zucchini friti with lemon crema fresca & honey)
(Ricotta with red grapes, speck & chili oil)
(Sea bream crudo with chili & basil)
(Soppressata pizza with preserved tomato, mozzarella, black olive & honey)
(Casarecce pasta with rapini pesto & goat cheese) 
(Lamp chops with pine nut & artichoke puree) 
(Tiramisu with chocolate, coffee & mascarpone) 
(Chocolate bonet topped with sponge toffee) 

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