Up until a decade or so ago it was easier to smoke in your doctors office than to find a really great, reasonably priced meal in Santa Monica. For real big spenders there were options - Michael’s, Giogio Baldi, Capo, Melisse, Chinois, Josie - but after that, you pretty much dropped down to Gilbert’s, Googies or Hot Dog on A Stick. Then, following the Venice food explosion, along came the Huckleberry-Rustic-Milo empire, Tar & Roses, Belcampo, SMYC, Cassia, Farmshop and others in SaMo.
And now comes the exceptional Erven - in the Real Food Daily space with chef Nick Ervin (late of St. Martha, fundamental).
WOW. I was kind of blown away at how great the meal was. What a fantastic addition.
I don’t think Fred Flintstone wouldn’t mind the lack of meat at all.
In addition to the terrific food, the wine and beer selections are fascinating, well-curated and delicious.
Crazy, yummy Donut Holes with Smoky Apple Sauce and Sauerkraut (sounds crazy but the taste was totally unique and for me, mind blowing)
Donut Hole - Outside
Donut Hole - Inside
Sunchokes with Catalan-Style ketchup
Guac with Seaweed Doritos, togarashi
Roasted Carrots with coconut (sorbet, maybe), crispy lentil, Thai herbs and tamarind
Farro and Black Eyed pea Hot-Pot with braised greens, shishito, preserved tomato and onion jus - really hard to stop eating this amazing concoction.