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Cafe Blanc, pastry shoppe, on 19th street in costa mesa ???

kevin May 1, 2012 06:03 PM

First, one of my favorite restaurants ever, the estimable Nouveau Cafe Blanc, the tiny minimalist joint along Little Santa Monica Blvd, serving lobster ravioli in a vin blanc cream sauce alongside roasted lacquared squab and slabs of foie gras seared a pointe along with sauteed blue nose bass in a beurre blanc sauce doled out at bargain-basement prices, closed down a few years back. And then a few years later, Cafe Blanc Bakery opened in a mini-mall on 19th Street in Costa Mesa, and now that joint is closed too...

What happened?

Any knowledge on a subsequent relocation? The great chef's name is Tomi Harase.


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    mikester May 2, 2012 11:09 AM

    Mmm, sorry to hear this - it was kind of a little gem there, doing it's amazing little things without fanfare or much attention, and I always was a bit worried it could survive.

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      carter May 2, 2012 08:47 PM

      Tomi always had a thing for places with cheap rent. The predecessor location to the Little Santa Monica Blvd./BH space was Cafe Blanc on Beverly Blvd. east of Vermont, at the bottom of the hill on the south side of the street.
      Maybe he felt his reputation would draw people regardless of locational value, yet it never did.
      but he sure can cook.
      Some of the best meals I have ever eaten in LA were at Cafe Blanc on Beverly as a part of red burgundy wine-tasting dinners.
      Certainly wish him well, and wish he would return to his roots in LA.

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