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Review of Evvia in Palo Alto -long

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Review of Evvia in Palo Alto -long

Kim Cooper | Jul 22, 2002 12:28 AM

About a week ago we had a late dinner at Evvia in Palo Alto. We walked in after the movie, at about 8:40, and were seated immediately, but then we waited. And waited. It was a while before we got menus, and another 20 minutes before our order was taken. As a matter of fact, we had decided “Five more minutes and we walk out” and it was 4 ½ minutes before he showed up. The service improved after that, but then it got less crowded too. Was this because we were two females that we had to wait so long?
We started with Octopus Salad with frisee, roasted red peppers, olives, and a mild vinaigrette. The octopus was slightly warm and “tasted like chicken”, with a light smoky flavor. The frisee was chopped finely, facilitating picking it up on the fork. The olives were in large pieces, so I could avoid them. We pronounced it very good. $13.50

Next we had “Garides Fournou”, prawns wood oven baked in puff pastry with fresh tomato sauce, peas and mint. It was very fresh tasting – the peas and tomatoes were excellent, didn’t taste the mint specifically. There were only three or four shrimp, but it was very good. $10.95

Our next dish was “Kotopoulo Souvlas” – Lemon chicken with barley, torpedo onion salad and fava bean-oregano dressing. There were 6 asparagus, and a mound of watercress. The chicken (three pieces) was moist and delicious. The salad had a chunky granular texture, the beans were tasty, and Feta was not over salty. The presentation was nice and not over fussy. The watercress was a nice touch. It all balanced very well. Delicious. $17.95

Dessert was orange Pot de Crème with caramel mousseline and sesame brittle. The orange was mild but definite, the mousseline too mild but the sesame was smoky-sweet and wonderful. It made a spectacular complement to the orange crème.
We ended with grappa and two cookies – they were mild nutty, and honeyed.

All in all, a great meal, with a long wait and otherwise ok service. We don’t know if the less than spectacular service is their regular thing, or because they were crowded, or because we are female. There are rumors among waitpersons that females don’t tip well. This is a misconception based on the fact that females are more inclined to tip on the quality of the service –so the poor tips are a self-fulfilling prophecy because of the poor attention.
We have been there before, three women that time, and the service was good but not great. The fried calamari was great.

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