May 6th, 2010

Sarah Goes To Eva, a neighborhood restaurant in Greenlake's Tangletown district.

Last Thursday a friend and I took advantage of the final night of Seattle Restaurant Week to try Eva. The menu was three courses with three choices each from a set menu for $25.

We started off the set menu with the goose liver mousse and two glasses of wine. The first course, carrot soup, came to the table in enormous saucer bowls. It was delicious. For the main course I chose the pork tenderloin. It was served with thinly sliced and sautéed chorizo, little fingerling potatoes and watercress salad: a smoky and succulent dish. By the time we reached dessert the lime mousse with rhubarb compote had sold out, drat. I went for the chocolate torte with blackberry sauce, not my thing. I knew this; should have gone with the pb&j inspired substitute. The torte was fine. Well made, simply presented. I am just not a huge fan of death by chocolate.

Eva is a charming spot. The wine list is thoughtful, creative, and focused. The opening page features seasonal selections: specially chosen bottles that would pair well with the current menu. Something you don’t see very often is their sizable list of half bottles. We shared a split of 2007 Huet Clos de Bourg Sec, notes below. The food was unpretentious, beautifully prepared and presented. This is a gem of a restaurant that I hope to return to soon.

2008 Valle dell’Acate Vittoria Insolia Sicily: Unfairly, I did not expect much from this wine. I ordered it as more of a curiosity. It was golden in color with a nose of flowers, Meyer lemon, orange rind, wet stones, basil. The palate was dry, round, perfumed with restrained fruit (gooseberries, apple). This paired well with the goose liver pate.

2007 Huet Clos du Bourg Sec: Tight restrained nose, mango, stone, basil. The palate was round with gittery acidity. These wines seem to have a quality akin to fruit curd. Passion fruit, stones, flowers.This wine could age for a very long time.