This is my second time going to Eva. I went about a year ago for dinner and remember being impressed by the freshness of the food and not so impressed by the high priced drinks. We had a Bloomspot coupon for mimosa brunch for two and decided that would be a good way to give it another try.
Service was slow. You could see two guys working their butts off through the kitchen window, but I don't think that two people was enough to handle the crowd. Also, while there seemed to be more than enough servers, the service itself was kind of sluggish. I asked for a side of toast with my chantrelle and tomato omelet and the toast arrived 25 minutes after ordering, but at least 20 minutes before the toast. Butter came somewhere in between. When the main course arrived, about 40-45 minutes after we finished our starters, they were beautiful, farm fresh, all the rest. My dining companion loved her steak and eggs, the quality was not a question. However, halfway into my rolled omelet that had grilled carrots, parsnips and fennel on top, I realized there were no tomatoes, or chantrelles. I asked the waitress and she told me that "The menu changes daily, based on what's fresh at the farmer's market. And parsnips and fennel were fresh."
Call me crazy, but if the menu changes daily, shouldn't the actual MENU change to reflect that? Parsnips are a far cry from an exotic mushroom, and, to be honest, not that great with eggs, neither are grilled carrots IMHO. She went to ask if chantrelles and tomatoes could be added and came back saying neither was available, but the chef could cook me a side of porcini. My friend was halfway through her food now, so I said that would be fine. I was eating as slowly as possible, but another 25 minutes went by and my eggs were pretty cold, what was left of them, so I finished. No porcini ever came.
My friend wanted desert, I was kind of over the whole thing by now, but she's a butterscotch pudding freak, so we got a cup of that and a couple plain coffees. The pudding was great, although every time we put down our spoons someone would swoop in and try and clear the unfinished dish. This happened 3 times. Suddenly we had a LOT of service, and they all wanted that half eaten pudding!
The final nail in Eva's coffin for me was when the bill came. The Bloomspot coupon covered the starter, the main and the mimosas (which were poured out of a jug, so while the OJ was fresh and great, the mimosa itself was flat.) That left us on the hook for the toast, the single cup of pudding and two cups of coffee with no refills. Those three items were 28 bucks and change. Yup, $7.50 per coffee...Black coffee, no latte, no frou frou.
I look at these Groupon type deals as a nice incentive to try different places and hopefully find spots (and we've found many, I'm looking at you Olio Pizza) that you would happily patronize for full price. But Eva really dropped the ball for me. I don't deny that the chef is talented and the food is fresh, but the radical menu substitution, poor service and just plain gouging for something like a cup of coffee, not cool.
7458 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036