eveleigh: australian farm-to-table on sunset blvd

Eveleigh Deck

Hidden among the hustle and bustle of the bright lights, clubs, and towering hotels of the famed Sunset Strip lies a hidden gem tucked away behind a beautiful garden of greenery. Eveleigh (pronounced Ever-lee) is a breath of fresh air along the smoggy Strip that serves rustic farm-to-table plates of palatable poetry to the hipsters of LA.

Named after an inner-city suburb of Sydney, Australia known for its award-winning artisan markets, Eveleigh has Aussie chef, Jordan Toft, heading up the kitchen.  (I’ve got a soft spot for all things Aussie.)  As you step inside, you escape the hardscape of the city and are greeted by the warm feeling of a charming cottage-like structure that feels nothing like the world outside.  Wooden floors, dim lighting, large lemon trees stretched towards the ceiling, and cow skulls hung above the bar in the center of the restaurant make you feel like you’ve stumbled into an upscale and modern cowboy saloon decorated by Restoration Hardware.

The food is just as amazing as the decor and the only thing that beats that is the outstanding service.  Our server instantly greeted us and told us the intriguing tale of their handcrafted cocktails by their master mixologists that come armed with a passion for mixing up their own house-made infused syrups and infusions.  While the cocktail menu was a bit too heavy on the whiskey and bourbon for my tastes, I fell pleasantly in love with their “Beach Babe” made with tequila and found a few other options to try with gin and rum.

the spread

  • Hamachi crudo with kumquat, aged bacon, house-grown basil, cayenne – $18
  • Picked local stone crab with white pepper, sea salt lemon – $22
  • Roasted heirloom pumpkin with maple bay, local almonds, flax seeds, brown butter vinaigrette – $12
  • Wagyu beef cheek with cheesy white polenta, cipollini onion, mustard greens – $28
  • Warm doughnuts with spiced sugar, house-made jam, whipped cream – $12

top nosh

We made sure not to over-order while still getting to try a good selection of their sharable plates and saving room for dessert too.  The Wagyu beef cheek with white polenta takes the honor for Top Nosh.  It was melt-in-your-mouth tender, savory, hearty and a filling bookend after two fish dishes and one veggie option.  The portion size was great for two when paired with other plates or can be hearty enough for one.

may we suggest

  • Go.  This is one of our favorite restaurants in LA with a menu that changes daily and that focuses on a “market-driven” menu.  This means that Executive Chef, Jordan Toft, visits local farmer’s markets, checks out what’s available, and then crafts his menu from there.  A brilliant and beautiful way to cook.
  • If you don’t have the time (or funds) for dinner, grab a drink and a quick bite to eat on the outdoor patio out front.  You’ll be surrounded by lush walls of greenery, a fountain, wooden deck, and great people watching.
  • Make a reservation with a friend or date that loves to try new dishes and sharable plates.
  • Be sure to check out the second bar at the very back of the restaurant.  Not only is it a great place to meet a few new people, it also has one of the best views on the Sunset Strip of the lights of LA.

the specifics

8752 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood 90069

Brunch:  Saturday & Sunday 10am-3pm
Lunch:    Friday 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner:   Sunday – Wednesday 5pm-10pm; Thursday – Saturday 5pm-11pm
Late Night Menu: Sunday – Wednesday 10pm-11pm; Thursday – Saturday 11pm-12:30am

Also be sure to check out our posts on Crossroads on Melrose and Animal on Fairfax for even more great places to eat in LA.

All food and drink photos: The Suite Life.  Other photos: film west hollywood, eveleigh, stylehaus

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