Eat is in the revamped Pinot Hollywood space on Sunset/Gower. It's still owned by the Patina group, but the whole place got a major facelift and a new menu. I had the chance to attend a client lunch there and crossed my fingers that innovation had also been on the menu . . .
Place: eat. on sunset, Thursday, 1/19 - 12:45 PM
Myself + 2 guests
Ratings in brief:
Ambiance - C
Outside there's hapharzardly strewn white christmas lights and glowing q-tip looking objects - inside is a navy blue and deeply stained wood motif - doesn't work. No wow factor.
Service - B-
It's new, so I'm forgiving - our waiter got a lot of things wrong but he was very, very nice and quick to fix things - was definitely doing his best.
Food (Taste) - B
Got to admit, some of the items were really quite tasty. Uninspired, but yummy.
Food (Presentation) - B+
This is their strongpoint - things were plated and served in a really beautiful fashion.
Wine/Drinks - N/A
It was lunchtime, working-wise, so I didn't spy the list and can't speak to the drinks.
Value - C
An expensive lunch, and I can't say it was worth it.
Overall Experience - C+
eat has strange decor. Very strange. There's an outdoor patio with a large white tent and glowing white lights hanging in an unorganized fashion from the rafters - they're distracting and oddly placed. Along the entrance, they've shoved lights in the garden area - various colors like green and orange - contraptions that look like glowing q-tips. I just didn't get it. Inside is better - dark navy blue cushions with white piping and dark oak woodwork - somewhat elegant, but overall, the design elements didn't match, flow, or make a lot of sense. I liked the old Pinot look better.
We ate on the patio - were seated immediately.
The menu is a bit pretentious - divided into Traditional and Modern columns, though I'm not sure how they decided on what went where.
I started with a squash soup that was the absolute highlight - they served it tableside, piping hot, into a charming dish with squash shavings at the bottom - this was velvety, delicately sweet and not-too-salty soup. For whatever reason, they call it the "Soup of Yesterday" on the menu. Suffice to say you have to get past the naming silliness at this place, but come on, they named it eat. Lowercase. So at least they're consistent.
Companions each had an arugula/apple/blue cheese salad. Looked pretty standard.
I had a Lobster Salad, with pomegranates and walnuts and a light citrus vinegarette. This was lovely, but skimpy on the lobster, so not exactly worth the $18.
Companion 1 had Pot Roast - served bone-in with a large selection of perfectly crisp veggies. Certainly not original, but not too shabby.
Companion 2 had the eat Burger - large patty, blue cheese, all the fixin's -- again, this looked ok, and he liked it, but no raves. French fries were super crispy tasty.
None of us had alcohol or dessert - we looked at the menu and it was *boring*
The bill for 3 appetizers, 3 sodas, and 3 entrees, without tip, was $88.
The verdict: too pricey for boring standards that lack creative flair and pizzazz. Not a must-try joint in the least.
eat. on sunset
1448 N. Gower
Cross street: Sunset