The 2011 L.A. Easter Brunch Round-Up

Quail Eggs at Kaohsiung Night Market | Photo: hk_traveller on Flickr

I don’t remember ever having given up anything for Lent. But I always have celebrated Easter in non-ritualistic fashion – just as I eat and celebrate life. Every day is a rebirth, right?

Did I mention that I love eggs?

I compiled a bunch of Easter Brunch specials around town. There are plenty of restaurants offering up 3-course prix fixe menus for Sunday morning, but a lot of them have some pretty solid choices.

Go ahead…you can scan this post for the bottomless champagne or mimosa spots. I totally understand.

(By the way, I can’t believe how Westward this list skews… Do Eastsiders not celebrate Easter?) ;)

Happy Easter!!

***

Eva (Beverly/Hancock Park): 12 -  8 PM

$39 per person.
Bottomless wine. 5-course prix fixe.

I know I said “brunch,” and I know Mark Gold calls this the “Eva Dinner Party,” but the noon start time has to count for something, doesn’t it? You get all of the following: Deviled Eggs, Nicoise Salad with Olive Relish and Roast Peppers, Chicken “Pallard” with Arugula and Mustard, Warm Potato Salad, Prime Skirt Steak, Grilled Asparagus and Strawberry Shortcake with Whipped Creme Fraiche. I know. Amazing. This is where I’ll be…sometime during Easter Day.

7458 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323.634.0700

Chaya Brasserie (Downtown, Beverly Hills, Venice): 11 AM – 3 PM

$37 per person, $15 per young adult.
Bottomless champagne. 3-course prix fixe.

You get a couple choices for your 3-course prix fixe, all menus of which vary according to location! Be sure to peep the right Chaya outpost for your menu.

A few highlights from what I can see on all three menus include French Toast with Granola Crust, Kabocha Squash Ricotta Cheese Gnocchi, Grilled New York Steak and Fries with Poached Egg, Pancetta-wrapped Gulf Shrimp with Provencal Grits, Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Cheese Tart. I think the Downtown location is where to be!

525 South Flower, Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213.236.9577

8741 Alden Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90048, 213.859.8833

110 Navy Street, Venice, CA 90291, 310.396.1179

Obika (Century City): 10 AM – 4 PM

$25 per adult, $15 per child under 12.
Comes with one mimosa or glass of Prosecco. Buffet-style plus one family-style pasta.

Not feeling the prix fixe but don’t want any hassle? Obika’s doing it up buffet style – at the mall. Mozzarella di Bufala along with a selection of Smoked Wild Alaskan Salmon, Assorted, Salumi, Caponata with Pan Carsau, Artichoke Ricotta Quiche with Thyme and Mint, Ricotta Mousse and four (yes, four) flavors of Tirimisu will all be available. In addition, your table will get to pick one choice of pasta served family style, including Handmade Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli with Brown Butter and Sage, Lasagnetta with Peas and Tagliolini with Artichoke and Mint.

10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067, 310.556.2452

Continue reading

Celebrate Grilled Cheese Month With Tillamook, Grilled Cheese Truck, Beverly Hills Porsche and Eva

Photo credit to rkazda on Flickr

Every food, every cocktail and probably every action has its own designated month or day – but Grilled Cheese Month is one of the few I’ll willingly celebrate. Hello, Spring!! And, hello, April!!

It starts no later than this Friday, April 1st! Tillamook, the Oregonian (not Wisconsinite) cheesemakers, will be giving out free grilled cheese sandwiches off the Grilled Cheese Truck for an hour at Beverly Hills Porsche (8425 Wilshire Blvd). Don’t miss it, since it’s only from 11 AM – 12 PM. I’d recommend getting there even before 11, since “free” will almost certainly mean a long line!

But wait! There’s more! Next week Tuesday (April 5th), you can continue to ring in the month at Eva Restaurant. And who better than Dave Danhi, the chef behind the truck, to make that happen and go course-for-course with Mark Gold? This is a great way to witness a reunion of sorts since Danhi and Gold know each other from the kitchen at Water Grill, where they were Executive and Sous chefs together, respectively.

Take a peep at the menu below for what’s in store:

Four-course Menu – $35

1) Dave’s Melt: sharp cheddar & gruyere with a parmesan crust on sourdough bread
Paired with Mark’s: heirloom tomato soup

2) Dave’s Melt: fontina cheese with caramelized onions and prosciutto crust on black peppercorn bread
Paired with Mark’s: braised artichoke and cioppolini onion tart

3) Dave’s Melt: ‘faux’ cheesesteak sandwich provolone, homemade pickles and crispy onions on french bread (Cheez Whiz on the side!)
Paired with Mark’s: prime beef, over charcoal

Dessert
Dave’s: vanilla mascarpone cheese and balsamic strawberries on sweet brioche
Paired with Mark’s: chocolate fondue

Five-course menu – $50

1) Dave’s Melt: sharp cheddar & gruyere with a parmesan crust on sourdough bread
Paired with Mark’s: heirloom tomato soup

2) Dave’s Melt: fontina cheese with caramelized onions & prosciutto crust on black peppercorn bread
Paired with Mark’s: braised artichoke and cioppolini onion tart

3) Dave’s Melt: ‘faux’ cheesesteak sandwich provolone, homemade pickles & crispy onions on french bread (Cheez Whiz on the side!)
Paired with Mark’s: prime beef, over charcoal

4) Dave’s Melt: truffled mac and cheese melt with fontina cheese
Paired with Mark’s: butter poached lobster

Dessert
Dave’s: vanilla mascarpone cheese & balsamic strawberries on sweet brioche
Paired with Mark’s: chocolate fondue

The butter poached lobster definitely has me excited. Also, wine pairings are available for an additional $20. Call the restaurant to make your reservation ASAP.

Of course, we can’t forget the Grilled Cheese Invitational, which is on Saturday, April 23rd this year. Advance $12 tickets are available right now. So what are you waiting for? Get your tasty sammiches!

Free grilled cheese on Friday, April 1, 2011: 11 AM – 12 PM

Beverly Hills Porsche
8425 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211-3202
310.557.2472

Grilled Cheese Truck/Eva Pairing on Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Eva Restaurant
7458 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036-2701
323.634.0700

Grilled Cheese Invitational on Saturday, April 23, 2011

Los Angeles Center Studios
1201 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Eva Restaurant Launches Holiday Sunday Brunch

Interior of Eva with waiter (probably making refills on mimosas)

Snow season has started, which means many weekends away at Mammoth for me. And if there weren’t a storm this weekend, I know where I would certainly be on Sunday. But it looks like I’ll have to save Mark Gold’s Sunday Eva brunch for next week with the girls. I have a lot to look forward to.

For only $29, you’ll get to have two courses of Mark’s delicious food – in addition to unlimited mimosas, which they present as the “main course.” Fair enough. Check out your non-liquid choices in the menu below:

first course:

fresh fruit: pear, apple, tangerine from the market

salad: organic greens, emulsified vinaigrette

granola: house made, dried fruits

second course:

a sandwich: pain de mi, organic eggs, smoked bacon, avocado, buttered onions

a piece of meat: prime steak, organic eggs, roast potato, salsa verde

an omlette: fine herbs, braised artichoke, crème fraiche

some bread: brioche french toast, warm maple syrup, french butter, nothing else!

for vegetarians: hand crafted tofu, roasted matsutake mushroom, smoked sesame seed, seaweed salad

fish: a piece of white fish, potato pancakes, capers, lemon

main course: unlimited mimosas!

The seafood and vegetarian option will be changing weekly throughout the holidays. Got some little ones with you? Eva, so named after Chef Gold’s 2 1/2 year-old, will also serve a kids menu that will include French Toast and Build-your-own Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

Looks like Eva, known for being one of the most delicious bangs for your Los Angeles buck, is continuing to live up to their reputation. Brunch is served!

Sundays during the holidays

Brunch: 10 AM – 1 PM

Eva Restaurant
7458 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323.634.0700

Eva Restaurant Hosts Weiser Family Farms Dinner To Benefit Share Our Strength: September 15, 2010

Eva Restaurant (not on menu for event)

Mark Gold is at it, again. This time, Eva will be hosting a special one-night engagement with Share Our Strength to showcase produce from Weiser Family Farms. Also included in the 4-course, prix fixe menu will be wine pairings by Robert Oatley and special, eco-friendly cocktails with Veev acai spirit.

I can’t think of a better way to enjoy great, locally sourced food with wine – while fighting childhood hunger all at the same time.

Make your reservation soon. If you’ve ever been to Eva (and tried Mark Gold’s food) you’ll know that space is very limited.

Here’s the menu:

Potato with clam
Cod with caponata
Chicken with charred onion
Chocolate with chocolate

I’ll see you there!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

4 courses with wine pairings + Veev cocktails
Call to reserve, space is limited

$65

Eva Restaurant
7458 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323.634.0700

The FoodGPS Beverly Blvd Walking Tour: The Recap

Creamed Corn and Fried Chicken at Eva

On Sunday, I joined Josh Lurie of Food GPS and a good showing of food bloggers, writers and fans for a Beverly Blvd walking tour. It was really nice to get a flagship bite from each of four stops as well as glean some history from a couple landmarks on the way, such as CBS Studios and Pan Pacific Park.

Mark Gold

We started off at Eva where Mark Gold was reminiscent of his posh tenure with Patina and his subsequent move to his own venture, occupying the old Hatfield’s space. Left to his own devices, he is free to thrive, free to fail – but free, nonetheless – and it certainly looks like it’s the former case for him a mere 10 months later.

Tuesday night is a popular night at Eva, when guests can enjoy his famous buttermilk, duck fat and tabasco battered fried chicken and beer to their heart’s content for just $25. The restaurant as a whole – for lunch or dinner – is a place you can rely on for good bang for the buck, as there are consistently solid dishes that emerge from Gold’s kitchen at reasonable prices. I could eat Eva’s creamed corn – infused with bay leaf and bechamel – and fried chicken for days.

Steamed Mussels in Tomato, White Wine & Chili Broth

Afterwards, we walked two doors down to BLD, which is owned by Neal Fraser (Grace). Chef Diana Stavaridis runs the kitchen, which prepared steamed, tomato and white wine mussels for the tour group. They were delicious with a surprisingly deep flavor to the light broth.

On our way to MILK, we passed the former location of Grace, which Josh divulged was relocating to the Vibiana Cathedral in Downtown Los Angeles. A location reversal of sorts will occur, as Chef John Sedlar of Rivera in downtown will be expanding and serving up more casual eats under the name R26 in Grace’s former space. It’s slated for fall of this year.

Watermelon Sorbet Ice Cream Sandwich

At MILK, we enjoyed an array of ice cream served different ways and in a large variety of flavors. I was lucky to be first in line (or shall we say, prompt?) and secured a cookie sandwich with oversized, flat green macarons encasing watermelon sorbet with chocolate chips  mixed in, which somewhat resembled watermelon seeds for that delicious and cute factor.

Continue reading

The Food GPS Beverly Boulevard Walking Tour

Fried Chicken at Eva

As far as Los Angeles neighborhoods in which there’s a high concentration of great places to eat, Beverly Boulevard and its vicinity has to be one of the top destinations. Fortunately, Joshua Lurie a.k.a. Food GPS has set up an eating tour that will take his guests to four such closely-located eateries. You’ll get to visit and sample a creation from each chef at Eva, BLD, Golden State Cafe and Milk all in one afternoon for a low cost of $45, including tax and tip. Meet other food-lovers and learn a little bit about the neighborhood. Sounds like a win-win way to spend an otherwise-lazy Sunday.

Have questions? Look none further than sending an email to joshua [at] foodgps.com

So buy your ticket. I wouldn’t sit on this one. Josh’s eating tours (see: Santa Monica and Downtown L.A.) have historically sold out!

Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 3 PM

Tickets: $45

Eva Restaurant
7458 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036-2701
323.634.0700

Golden State Cafe
426 N. Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323.782.8331

BLD
7450 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036-2701
323.930.9744

Milk
7290 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036-2545
323.939.6455