When over ten people recommended…no demanded that I go to FIG during my Charleston trip, I figured I was in for a great meal. What I didn’t realize is that I would be in for an amazing meal.
FIG was our first meal in Charleston. We walked in on a busy night with no reservations. Lucky for us, the restaurant has a big round communal table for those of us who like to walk on the wild side. We sat down next to another lovely couple who were total foodies. Conversation was great all night.
They told us that they went to the restaurant every time they visited Charleston. They let us know that FIG works with local farmers, growers and purveyors. The idea is that they work with the best ingredients in their “Lowcountry” cuisine.
We settled on our wine choices, quite nice, and ordered the Sea Island grass fed beed tartare ($14) to start with. Our server knew everything there was to know about the beef and its provenance. I was seriously impressed by her professionalism. I was even more impressed by the tartare. It was fresh and elegant. It topped with Porcini mushrooms, crispy potatoes, and cilantro (which I love). You could taste the difference in the beef. This cow was made for tartare.
For my main, I ordered the Fish Stew in Cocotte ($28). I don’t always order fish at restaurants. The majority of places over cook their fish and ruin perfectly good seafood. At FIG, all the seafood was simply perfect. The stew was composed of white shrimp, mussels, red rebel potatoes, and rouille (A Provençal sauce of red chilies, garlic, and saffron…think of it as the base to a bouillabaisse). I could not have been happier.
Antonio got the Suckling Pig Confit ($30). He said it was spectacular, I did not try it…and I am kicking myself over it as I type.
The culinary scene in Charleston is fantastic, and I think that FIG is one of its culinary jewels. Next time you’re in town, make sure to check it out
Mon. 5:30PM – 10:30PM
Tues. 5:30PM – 10:30PM
Wed. 5:30PM – 10:30PM
Thurs. 5:30PM – 10:30PM
Fri. 5:30PM – 11:00PM
Sat. 5:30PM – 11:00PM
Fig is located at 232 Meeting St Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 805-5900
Hours of Operation