Fig & Olive is a bistro serving food items representing a blend of Mediterranean. Fig & Olive leads with dishes like sweet and savoury soups, cold & hot sandwiches, pastas, fresh salad and wholesome chicken.
Fig & Olive
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If you are looking for a great restaurant with great food, this is not it.
The food was absolutely terrible. The fish and chips I ordered came out soggy and tasted uncooked. The chicken my friend had was small and horribly unappetising. And as though that wasn't enough, their service was similarly bad.
I told the manager about the condition of my fish and he was hesitant in replacing the dish, repeatedly insisting that it was cooked and the standard of the restaurant. I had to spend several minutes settling the situation and although I did finally get a replacement, I no longer had my appetite.
This is legitimately the worst restaurant I've been to.
The only reason why I ate here because it was the one of the more well known restaurants that was Halal in Vivo City, and it had no queue.
I honestly do not remember what I had here, but as I recall, it was a pain to get through it. The staff were slow and unfriendly and mostly concerned with talking among themselves.
The only saving grace of this restaurant is the fact that it had a little al fresco dining area which had a nice view. But that was it. The restaurant per se has no merit.
To my utmost horror, I found a staple bullet in my food, and this was after I had put it in my mouth and bit on it. Of course, my food was returned and replaced with a similarly abysmal dish, but that was enough to throw me off... FOREVER. I suppose this was because the kitchen window opened up to the cashier's area, but that is absolutely no excuse for this to happen.
I unquestionably will not return to this establishment and beseech anyone who cares about their food to follow suit.
I never liked this place.
In my opinion, most (if not all) the European restaurants I've been to are disappointments. And this was no exception.
I came here on a whim because of a lunch promotion I saw. Me and my friend were really hungry so we thought of giving it a try and as it turned out, I should've starved.
I ordered a carbonara because I believe nobody can mess up carbonara but it was not to my surprise when this place did. The sauce was alright. The noodles were tangy. But the bacon tasted undercooked. And the portion was much too huge.
I understand the logic of size compensating for flavour but this just made the dish harder to finish and sadder than it already is.
The mushroom soup was fine.
Drinks were okay.
But I don't think I'll be coming back.
I went to the one at downtown east a few years ago and I still remember it because it was terrible. Now, the service was not bad. The people were patient and kind and we were served our dishes fast. The atmosphere was also quiet, but I guess thats downtown east: somehow I always find downtown east to be pretty empty.
However, the food was just bad. The olive rice, which I'd expect would be the signature food considering the name of the restaurant, had completely no taste at all. Al the other dishes were okay but quite forgettable in their tastes.
Thankfully the price is not super high, considering the bad food. Maybe about $10 for the one-person dishes. Still, I would recommend you not to go there. It's not worth your time, money, or tastebuds.
Anyone who has been to Jurong Point knows the human traffic there counts in MILLIONS... okay not exactly, but my point is, that day, long long time ago, five of us were kind of forced to dine at FignOlive because they have the shortest queue. In fact there wasn't a queue at all. We should have known better!
When we entered the waitress placed us at the outside section. We waited 15min for ice water and menu, like they were super busy. Finally we ordered something that is so unimpressive that I don't think I can recall it for the rest of my life.
When we started eating, a queue start to build up somehow, and being at a very "strategic" location, we became the monkeys of the zoo. People stared at us eating, and there's will nil privacy to chat.
I was attracted to Fig & Olive's one-for-one deal as such promotions are usually not available during dinner time. Moreover, it seemed like the healthiest choice around for Western cuisine.
The staff were friendly and helpful, but I feel that the restaurant can be rather understaffed during peak hours. Firstly, there wasn't any queue but we waited for quite a while before we were told to go in. We had to wait again for the menus and the food took an even longer time to come after our orders were taken. Definitely room for improvement!
I ordered Chicken Pesto Carbonara and Aglio Olio Spaghetti. The former came with a herb grilled chicken topped with tomato sauce and melted cheese, potato cilantro and pasta carbonara. If you do not fancy carbonara, you could actually opt for olive rice instead. I felt that the dish was rather average. The serving portion was quite big so it was very filling. As for the Aglio Olio Spaghetti, I was pretty disappointed that it turned out to be too salty and oily for my liking. The olive did not go well with it and in fact, had an odd aftertaste. I also prefer my aglio olio to be spicy, but again, it fell below my expectations.
If I were to go back again, I would definitely try other dishes!
Their one for one deal is quite a good bargain as otherwise the prices of food are quite expensive. The deal is available for 11:30am-930pm so you do not need to worry too much about missing it either. The gourmet menu has quite a number of selections and whether you like fish, chicken, beef or just pasta, you can find something you like! I chose the combination of tomato cheese chicken and pasta and it was really filling! The chicken looked small but the pasta helped to make up for it. Also tried their crepes. Wonderfully generous with toppings! Overall, a good experience and will visit again.
No pun intended.
I dislike the food at Fig and Olive. Their service is abysmal, and prices definitely DO NOT warrant the gourmet experience you get here. I am normally quite neutral and even nice on occasion, but I have had food here numerous times (for the love of God I don't know why), and they disappoint me each time.
Be it overly oily spaghetti, bland soaked fish, or tasteless coffee, I have not been impressed by whatever I have tried here. I could attribute it to being a bad day at the 'office', but more than five times at different outlets? No way.
This restaurant is located at the basement of the new wing of Jurong Point amidst other restaurants like Thai Express, Lai Lai Casual Dining, Swensons etc. During peak hours, you can see some/long queues at other restaurants but not this one. I think people do know that it's not a fantastic restaurant to visit. Nevertheless, the restaurant is not entirely empty either and attract diners who do not want to queue.
I went there only once and don't think I will be there again, amidst the many dining choices at Jurong Point. There is nothing really wrong with this restaurant - service is fine, price is okay (in fact, they have regular promotions), ambience is not bad and there's a variety of food for you to choose from the menu. I remembered ordering a meat grill with olive rice. Everything was quite tasteless and the meat was not as tender and juicy as I would like it to be.
If they can improve on the quality and taste of the food, I'm sure business will improve as its strategically located.
The first time that I heard about Fig and Olive was when they first started out at Jurong Point, and they got sales staff to go around the neighbouring blocks and promote and Fig and Olive member card. Well, thinking that the pictorials look appetising, I took up the offer, but did not utilise it unitl a few months later.
First impression of it was that it seems a pretty decent place to have a meal, and i thought it was comparable to New York New York. But I guessed i put my expectations too high and was quite disappointed with it.
I remembered that I ordered some pasta (can't really remember the exact dish since it was a long while ago and that was the only time I went to utilise the vouchers), the servings were big, but it was too dry and the seasoning was not enough. I left the place with a feeling that this place is not worth.
Till now, its been a few years, Fig and Olive may still be at Jurong Point. But it is obvious that it is not exactly the best selling place there. On a busy weekday, it is often one of the last few places to be filled up by crowds because the other places are too full. However, there are plenty of promotions every day and at different timings to attract people.
Good luck, but not a place to waste my money on.