Has Zov's Bistro really slipped?
Last time I was at Zov's Bistro in Tustin (the main restaurant, not the cafe) about six months ago, I left with the impression that this once truly excellent restaurant had slipped a great deal. I have been to both cafe's since (Tustin and Newport Coast) and was very unimpressed. I have been hesitant to return to the Bistro because of my last experience, and also because I've not heard much good about it lately. Has anyone been there recently...and what are your thoughts?
I grew up in the neighborhood, and 10-15 years ago, Zov's was one of the best restaurants around. I started noticing a slip about 4-5 years ago, and figured it was due to the expansion, but overall things were pretty good. My favorite salad dressing disappeared, the classic pomegranate vinaigrette that was even featured in the cookbook, but everything else was still above average.
My last two visits, however, have been terribly disappointing. The menu has completely changed to generic "california fusion" cuisine with just a hint of the Mediterranean roots, mostly in the Mezzes. Things like thai chicken noodle salad and "asian" steak seem completely out of place. The lentil soup, which has always been a favorite, has lost a lot of it's flavor, and the amount of fillers has increased noticeably.
When I was away at college, Zov's was first place I wanted to go when I came home, and now, I can't say I plan on going back, and I'm a little sad about it! It's never fun watching a favorite restaurant drift off into mediocrity.
Tried it 2 summers ago, it had been on my list for some time. Not bad, the lamb was delicious, but the overall experience was disappointing. Went to the bakery after dinner seeking dessert, but the display cases were kinda empty and any goodies displayed looked dry. Felt like this place had peaked awhile ago. Too bad.