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The Dish: Marche, Eva Open and Serving

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1) Sherman Oaks: Andre Guerrero's Max has gone through a series of revamps, the most recent of which, Marche, soft opened last night and officially launches on this glorious Tuesday. We popped by last night to give the new setup a look see and here are some early thoughts. The warm, casual interior remains the same from Max, but the menu has been completely overhauled. Gone are the Asian-inspired bistro dishes, and instead Gary Menes heads up a completely market-driven menu (by his own account, the menu will change upwards of 40 times a year). Some dishes seem plucked from a French bistro while others have a Mediterranean flair. The use of local ingredients also gives the menu a distinctive Californian pedigree. Plates ranged from a melon soup with smoked shrimp and chili oil, grilled calamari with artichoke relish and watermelon, to pork belly with wheat berries, peaches and dandelion greens.

The popular potted chicken liver appetizer on Max’s menu lives on, but in a different form: The “potted poule” is seasoned with pickled cherries, herbs and apples. Another change from Max is the pricing. All entrees on the menu are now under $16, with the majority of appetizers in the $4 to $6 range. However, the entrees are not typical dinner portion-sized, yet they don’t qualify as small plates either. They fit somewhere in the mid-size range, just know that three to four entrees between two people will suffice. As for libations, though the full wine menu was not shown last night, Marche will offer a comprehensive list of unique wines. 13355 Ventura Blvd; 818-784-2915 [EaterWire]

2) Mid-City: And in other opening news, today marks the official unveiling of Mark Gold's Eva restaurant. Another market-driven spot, Eva's reasonable prices and free corkage is sure to draw a crowd. 7458 Beverly Blvd.; 323-634-0700 [EaterWire] —Yvonne Ip

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