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Photo Gallery: Fig Out at Santa Monica's Fig Bistro

Need a visual aid for your print edition? Jonathan Gold visits Fig in Santa Monica's Fairmont Miramar Hotel ("Garcia's cooking seems to carry within it more than a bit of aggression, and if I were a culinary therapist rather than a critic, I might take the slug of bacon in the brussels sprouts or the presence of tooth-cracking, undercooked pig's ear in the frisée salad to be subtle cries for help''). Click through for Anne Fishbein's spectacular photos and read more in Gold's Counter Intelligence, "Fig Out."

Fig chef Ray Garcia a moment before the doors open for dinner

Anne FishbeinFig chef Ray Garcia a moment before the doors open for dinner

Fig's private dining room

Anne FishbeinFig's private dining room

a ball jar of fresh blueberries at the bar at Fig, used for cocktails

Anne Fishbeina ball jar of fresh blueberries at the bar at Fig, used for cocktails

polishing the wine glasses before the dinner shift at Fig

Anne Fishbeinpolishing the wine glasses before the dinner shift at Fig

seared tuna Nicoise at Fig

Anne Fishbeinseared tuna Nicoise at Fig

Fig's watermelon salad

Anne FishbeinFig's watermelon salad

barramundi at Fig

Anne Fishbeinbarramundi at Fig

a dessert of corn fritters, poolside at Fig

Anne Fishbeina dessert of corn fritters, poolside at Fig

8 oz. steak frites at Fig

Anne Fishbein8 oz. steak frites at Fig

baby artichokes with buffalo mozzarella, watercress and goji berries at Fig

Anne Fishbeinbaby artichokes with buffalo mozzarella, watercress and goji berries at Fig

staff meeting at Fig

Anne Fishbeinstaff meeting at Fig

grilled mortadella with whipped ricotta at Fig

Anne Fishbeingrilled mortadella with whipped ricotta at Fig

Fig poolside service

Anne FishbeinFig poolside service

charcuterie sampling plate at Fig

Anne Fishbeincharcuterie sampling plate at Fig

cheese shaver at Fig

Anne Fishbeincheese shaver at Fig

wating for the doors to open for dinner at Fig

Anne Fishbeinwating for the doors to open for dinner at Fig