A friend and I went to one of Patina Group's newer restaurant, eat. on Sunset last night (first-time for both of us). The experience was good overall - yummy cocktails, great food (though modest portions.)
Having arrived early, I went adjoining bar/lounge (appropriately named lounge on Sunset) and had a cocktail (pomegranate mojito - which was a divine and refreshing blend of tart, sweet and mintiness) and a snack ("BBQ Salmon Lollypops" - which was also really good, the fish practically melts and falls apart in your mouth off the stick and slathered with just the right amount of sauce.) The other tapas-style items seemed interesting too (fried olives with lemon mayo, their version of a "hot pocket" with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil in pizza puff.)
The ambience was really good too - warm tones and lighting throughout (lots of tealights and candles, and red-yellow mood lighting which I'm sure will take at least 5 years off people's faces.) The outdoor patio area was equally refreshing (except for the bugs, thus we opted to eat indoors).
My friend arrived and we got a table--the service was prompt and friendly (but then again, it wasn't particularly busy last night.) Wanting to save room for dessert, I opted to order 2 appetizer dishes and my friend got an entree.
All our dishes were excellently prepared -- I had the "Toad in a Hole" - fried egg on a buttered brioche toast (La Brea Bakery's) with crisp applewood bacon and truffle shavings with microgreens - so simple yet so good! My other appetizer was delicious as well -- seared scallops with buttered cauliflowers (whose taste surprised me, considering I don't like cauliflowers) and julienne granny smith apples (which tasted at first like a cole slaw with citrus dressing)
My friend's "Beef Two Ways" - featured prime beef culotte (?) and prime beef rib with cabernet sauce was delicious as well (the culotte? tasted better) - and it came with the most heavenly buttered layered flaky potato cake.
The only disappointment we had was with the dessert - we opted for a great sounding "White chocolate-hazelnut bread pudding" which wound up tasting anything but. It was not sweet at all ~ and only had smidgen white chocolate/vanilla flavor. Basically its warm bread with hazelnuts. Afterwards, the waitress said that dish didn't do for her either and would've recommended something else if we didn't look so psyched when we ordered it - oh well, at least our accompanying sangrias (the real one with red wine is MUCH better than the white variant, and both were overgarnished like mai tais) and coffee was good.
So my final word is - great food and drinks, but be wary of desserts (and ask your server for recommendations!) and expect to pay a pretty penny (our bill came out to be aroun $110, though I expect even without drinks it could be $35/person) and go there to eat for taste, not to fill the belly.
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