Living (and posting regularly) in Toronto, I get to Ann Arbor a couple of times a year (for the last 20 years) – usually on my way to Chicago (it’s a good overnight stopoff). Typically that includes a Friday night meal and a visit to the farmers market (although, of course, I would NEVER bring produce back across the border - but very tempting last time as I found Greengage Plums). So I regularly trawl this board for recommendations. And it’s been slim pickings recently – 15 years ago I was a regular at the Earle – but I think they may still have the same menu! Zingerman’s Roadhouse was a brief flirtation – but I found the prices high for what you get.
But a couple of weeks back I tried Eve (which had been mentioned on the Board a couple of times) and I don’t know how (or why) this hasn’t been more prominently featured.
Many of the dishes featured produce from the market (e.g. squash blossoms – we had the squash blossoms tempura - fried but totally non-greasy, and stuffed with chorizo – perhaps a little too spicy for conservative palates, but certainly unexpected, for us, in Ann Arbor). And the mains all seemed to have a ‘twist’ to them – appeared French in style, but the spicing was certainly different. Some Asian spices and some Middle-Eastern/North African. Thai chicken dumplings (another appetizer) came with a carrot-lime sauce.
Mains featured ‘familiar’ meats – but not familiar spicing – A Beef Chimichurri (served on the green sauce) had the beef rubbed with spices, more reminiscent of middle eastern spicing, and a spicy lamb dish – I know, I should have taken notes, but wasn’t expecting this quality out-of-the-blue!
Price was reasonable for the food served – but certainly more than Zingermans. Not my best meal of the year so far – but probably my best in Ann Arbor for 10 years (at least).
So, OK hounds – why hasn’t this received more kudos? Has the recession killed ‘finer dining’ – I hope not – I plan on returning next time I’m through.