You've heard a lot from Nick Erven over the past year, as the chef stepped out from under the closing Saint Martha in Koreatown to land a short stint at Fundamental LA in Westwood. From there he partnered up with Jim Hustead, James Moon, and Eric ...
Youâ€™ve heard a lot from Nick Erven over the past year, as the chef stepped out from under the closing Saint Martha in Koreatown to landÂ a short stint at Fundamental LA in Westwood. From there he partnered up with Jim Hustead, James Moon, and Eric Greenspanâ€™s Midcourse Hospitality, with plans for many big things down the line.
First up is Erven, the namesake chefâ€™s ode to the meatless life on Santa Monica Boulevard near the beach. Taking over the former Real Food Daily, Erven (the restaurant and the chef) is putting out an all-day menu that includes casual lunch fare, breakfast takeaway options, and larger format dinner options to share.
As for the space, itâ€™s a simple retooling of the former tenantâ€™s vision, made bright with lots of open looks to the outside and the kind of warm woods that keep people feeling invigorated. The upstairs dining section is a bit more starkly chic, with lots of grey and black tones, but ultimately this is an airy, tall option for anyone who doesnâ€™t feel the need to eat meat. And yes, that is a giant painting of Mick Jagger kissing Ghandi.
The other half of the space is divvied up by a marketplace holding takeout deli cases and a small bit of seating, though mostly itâ€™s meant to be the ordering and pickup hub for the restaurant. Thatâ€™s where youâ€™ll find those daytime sandwiches for easy grab and go service, plus sides like pickles, salads, and more.
Erven is open daily for lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. most nights (11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday). You can make a reservation, though walk-ins are also welcome.
Erven516 Santa Monica Blvd.Santa Monica, CA
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