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FIG, located in Santa Monica at the Fairmont Miramar, is a neighborhood bistro committed to fresh, seasonal cuisine. The menu features diverse Southern California bounty, sourced from multiple weekly visits to the local farmers markets and from specialty foragers that comb the coastline for hard to find items. And although dishes are added and subtracted based on ingredient availability, you can be sure perennial favorites like our Lobster Cobb Salad or Mary’s Chicken have a permanent place on the menu.
Jason Prendergast / Director of Culinary Experience, trained in the classic French tradition, brings a fresh, modern style of cooking that emphasizes the innate flavors of each ingredient. Prendergast has longstanding relationships with local farmers, ranchers and fishermen, providing him with access to the best and freshest local harvests. In fact, he knows this farmers and fishermen so well that he can tell you where livestock was raised and what their diet consisted of, name the fisherman, and tell you where his catch was caught!
Jason adores the farmers and will quickly point out the names of local farms where he finds juicy Bing cherries and plump white peaches (Jay Scott Farm), lemony artichokes and peppery arugula (Tamai Family Farms), Oro Blanco grapefruit (Garcia Organic Farms), sweet berries (Two Peas in a Pod), and pork, from pigs that graze in the wild (Pachamama Farm).
“We use roots, stems and leaves. Nothing goes to waste. Everything takes on a second life in our kitchen. It’s the vegetable equivalent of ‘nose to tail,’ or ‘fin to fin.'"
Dine with us and experience why FIG remains, year after year, a favorite dining destination among locals and hotel guests alike.
Rounding out our incredible team is General Manager of FIG Murat Ljutic, a Serbian native and California transplant who honed his front of house craft across Europe and most recently at Cipriani. Murat creates a warm environment that feels like home and he embraces FIG's deep connection to the community and works closely with Chef Jason to deliver the core values of FIG.
Jason Prendergast Director of Culinary Experience