Last night my husband and I dined at eat on Sunset, the new Joaquim Splichal, in the old Pinot Hollywood space. Although architecturally it is nearly exactly the same as Pinot, the decor is quite a bit more modern and minimalist but without losing any of the warmth (maybe gaining some in the dining room) in ambience.
I understand the prices have been lowered since they first opened the doors, and at the time of this visit they were very standard. Despite some confusion about which waiter was to atend to us, we had very attentive service.
We started with a crab cocktail appetizer in a vichysoisse foam which was LOVELY! The king crab was piled nicely high with chunks of roasted garlic which enhanced but did not overpower. Layered in underneath the crab were some sort of wild mushroom, could not tell which type as they were cut into smaller pieces. We also ordered a tuna carpaccio of very nice quality fish drizzled with truffle oil and sprinkled with cress. The truffle oil was not pungent enough to color the flavor of the fish and the dish was too bland for me, which is unusual.
As entrees, both my dining partner and I ordered the scottish salmon, and boy was that a long way to swim!!! It was served in a brown broth that I would've liked more of on top of a small pile of wood ear mushrooms and baby carrots. Overall the dish was not as flavorful as I would've liked and I salted it. A nice touch is salt and pepper grinders at the table. I love a coarse ground sea salt when I am salting my food, which is a rare occasion.
Alcohol: Martinis, shaken to perfection. Nice wine list with the usual pinot standbys, but they also had a half bottle of Altamura Sangiovese, which is always hard for me to resist, so really why try?
It was a pleasant dining experience and I would try them again...it was easy to get in on a Thursday at 8:30 without reservations. At this point I wouldn't go there for a super special event, but I enjoyed the food and the service and plan to go again at some point.
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