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Aug 11, 2008 07:28 PM

Any news re Blanca, Newport Beach?

I last went to Blanca about two months ago expecting to sit at what had been reported by CH to be an excellent crudo bar. When I arrived, the restaurant was totally disorganized, and I was told that the crudo bar was no longer as of that evening! I was told that although I could still order crudo, the area that was previously designated as a crudo bar was now closed and would be converted into a cocktail lounge. That evening everything was chaotic; the service was disorganized, the food mediocre and when I spoke with Chef Weber, he said that he did not know what direction the restaurant was taking with regard serving crudo.

Then a few weeks later, Blanca received a nice review in the L.A. Times from Irene Virbila! She talked about the crudo bar (which I was told would be no more!) being open and good, and gave the restaurant a two star (very good) rating. She spoke very well about the restaurant.

Last week, I read in the Daily Pilot (a local Newport Beach newspaper) that more than 3/4 of the restaurant's kitchen equipment/supplies had been repossessed by their suppliers for non-payment! See:

Has anyone been here recently, or does anyone know what's going on?

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  1. Thanks for the info, as I didn't know about all the drama concerning the restaurant! I was just there last week and found it to be pretty decent. Didn't see a crudo bar though, but maybe I wasn't looking in the right place.

    My full review with photos:

    1. .. and that was also so the same issue of the Daily Pilot that REVIEWED the restaurant. So who really knows the time frame etc.

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