Saturday night, we tried a new restaurant in La Quinta called Figue, with friends, Teri and Marvin. It was a wonderful Mediterranean dining experience. The chef, Francios, is Teri's neighbor, and gave us the royal treatment! We began with a fabulous appetizer from the "Small Plate" menu. It is a baked fig wrapped in 24-month prosciutto, in a kataifi nest, topped with yogurt, chopped pistachios and drizzled with lavender honey. Next time we visit I will have THIS for dinner! All four of them! Oh my! Sweet, salty, tart and crunchy goodness!
Next we sampled the Lebanese lamb and bulgar wheat meatballs with cucumber salad and hummus.
My first course was a French onion soup that was cheesy and delicious!
Our entrees included steak frittes with Bearnaise, roast pork with grilled nectarines and arugula, and Brad's Beef cheeks on saffron risotto! It got very quiet during dinner except for a few ooohhhs and aahhhs!
There was really no room for dessert, but we managed to share two for the table. They were out of my first choice: a fig-thyme tart with brown butter ice cream! I may have to return just for that! We ordered profiteroles with a dark caramel sauce, and a chocolate pot de creme. My cream puff was filled with a luscious vanilla cream, and the sauce was amazing. Brad, the chocoholic gave his stamp of approval on the rich, thick contents of the cute little jar.
Just when we thought we would burst, our waiter brought us a complimentary mini caramel milkshake! Of course we sucked them down!
It was a culinary treat evening! Thanks to Marv and Teri for suggesting Figue (rhymes with intrigue).