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Eva Sunday Night Dinner


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Eva Sunday Night Dinner

estone888 | Aug 15, 2011 10:02 AM

We went last night and loved it as much as we did the first time we went for one of their Sunday dinners. On Sunday nights Eva has a fixed price,multi-course, all you can eat, all the wine you can drink dinner. Last night it was $39 per person. It's served family style and they keep their costs down by such little things as giving you one plate each to use through the whole meal, not changing out your silverware, etc. The wine was good, if not all that expensive, and the food is excellent, refined home cooking.

Last night we started with a salad of lightly charred lettuce with some tomatoes and olives and a light somewhat creamy tart dressing. There were four of us and we all loved it. Then came a sort of paella risotto that was fantastic - full of shellfish and other sorts of fish, great chorizo, a major flavor bomb that we would have asked for seconds (which you are welcome to do) but we knew there was more to come so we didn't. (The only drawback was that there was no bread available to mop up the sauce, We considered asking for straws - to be polite rather than licking the serving bowl. Next time maybe we'll smuggle in a baguette.) There was corn on the cob cooked with a mix of herbs, chilies and parmesan cheese that was great, and a beautifully cooked steak onglet with chimmichurri that was also excellent. Dessert was an espresso pot au creme that I think was supposed to have set but came out as a sort of sweet soup instead. It was, however, just about perfect. It came with a sprig of anise on top that complemented the flavor in a really nice way I hadn't had before.

Service was, as always, impeccable, friendly, welcoming. Mark Gold and his wife Alejandra (the chef and owners) spent plenty of time chatting with people at all the tables. It is as close to a fun, family sort of Sunday dinner as I've ever had in a restaurant. If you get on their mailing list they'll send you an email each week with the menu. It all seems like a very smart thing to do on their part. My girlfriend and I have become real fans of the restaurant because of things like this - and have happily gone during the week for non-discounted, fancier meals as well.

We went to Eva the first time during Dine LA Week, when it was one of the few restaurants we tried that actually showcased their real menu, rather than tried to do something on the cheap. It paid off for them, at least with regard to making happy, more regular customers out of us. (Not that we can afford to be as regular customers as we'd like to be. But last night was our fifth visit back.)

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