16 August 2001

figs

Restaurant Review: From time to time I plan on giving short reviews of Philadelphia restaurants in which my wife and I have dined. Philly has an awesome restaurant scene with lots of variety and some really top chefs.

Last night we ate at "Figs" in the Art Museum area, a small Mediterranean cafe with sidewalk seating, decorated in warm tones and with hand-painted pottery.

The menu offers a wide range of choices from throughout the Mediterranean from Greek salad to North African lamb dishes, with a strong emphasis on seafood. Dinners are served with a choice of breads - rosemary foccacia or olive loaf - accompanied by a bean spread delicately laced with garlic and roasted pepper. My wife enjoyed a Tunisian pasta dish: linguine with calamata olives, shrimp, vegetables, in a very aromatic pesto ($14 with shrimp, $10 without). It was slightly over-salty, but with a great blend and balance of flavors. I chose several selections from their range of deliciously prepared shish kebabs ($2.75 per skewer). The lamb kebab was marinated in cilantro and citrus, the beef in parsley and cinnamon, and the chicken in rosemary and curry. All were plated together with a generous dollop of chilled minted yogurt. We shared a house salad of raddichio and arugula dressed with a creamy vinaigrette, diced onion, and crumbled gorgonzola ($4).

FIGS
Rating: ×××½ (out of ××××)
Location: Corner of 25th and Perot (2 blks above Fairmount)
Price: Moderate.
Serving: Dinner; Sunday brunch
Other: Outdoor seating; BYOB