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Eva's in South Laguna Beach

PolarBear | Jan 1, 200509:05 PM

Just spent five great days on the beach in spite of the storms and wanted to pass along a big THANKS to kc girl for her post last July that steered us to this great little Carribean place.

Four of us went in last Wed. night, started with rum cocktails, SIL & BIL went with the Brown Sugas, rum, Contreau, sweet & sour, squeeze of lime served in a martini glass with a brown sugar & cinnamon coated rim, I went for the Tropical Rum Punch, mango, guava, papaya and passion fruit juices with rum. Theirs were pretty good but I'm not a big cinnamon fan. The punch was excellent, not overly sweet as I had hoped.

Well oiled we dove into the Crab and Sweet Corn Cakes (9.99) prepared with herbs and Carribean spices and served with the house pineapple mango salsa. In a word, outstanding. We also shared a bowl of the Callaloo Soup (5.25) spinach, okra and coconut milk with clam and lobster base, thyme, garlic and shallots. A most intriguing mixture of the familiar and unfamiliar, Lady PB (a supertaster) couldn't figure out one of the exotic tasting spice notes.

BIL and I both went with the Jerk Steak (@26), rib eye in jerk seasoning with the aforementioned salsa, another hit. SIL had the Opah special, a great piece of firm fleshed white fish. I shared my steak with Lady PB and got half of her Curry Prawns (18.99) in return, prepared in Madras Curry, garlic, onions, cumin, katchula, potatoes and tomatoes. It was a little too spicy for her but I thought it was excellent.

The girls topped it all off sharing the Chocolate Bread Pudding, which was rich and decadent, but really more like a cream pie. BIL and I shared the Peach Cobbler which was OK. Figured next time we'd go for the Guava Cheesecake or the West Indian Key Lime Pie.

Service was attentive and very friendly, Eva moving from table to table making the guests comfortable. We all gave her a big hub and wished her Happy New Year on the way out. Wished we could have stayed an extra couple of days and attended the NYE party with the steel drums and all.

We had considered trying Cafe Zoolu and now wonder how the local hounds rate the two in comparison.

Also, had a great breakfast at the Coyote Grill.

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