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Villa Blanca in Beverly HIlls ?

kevin Oct 15, 2013 04:49 PM

Is Villa Blanca any decent ?

And did it replace a joint called Trilussa or is it Trastevere ????


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    schrutefarms Oct 15, 2013 05:07 PM

    I give it a meh. Had a green salad with chicken, and the chicken was shredded, which I found odd in a salad. I kind of think there was some sort of flatbread or pizza floating around the table as well. I guess the food just wasn't that memorable. But they made up for it with having sticky toffee pudding on the menu. I wouldn't suggest going again, but I wouldn't be opposed if I had to go for some reason. I might just stick to champagne and pudding though.

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    1. re: schrutefarms
      kevin Oct 15, 2013 05:19 PM

      yeah, grab a cappachino and a sticky toffee pudding and while away the afternoon on the patio.

    2. Wayno Oct 15, 2013 05:33 PM

      I work on that block and, if it was good, I'd eat there often. But it's not, and DOMA, right across the street, is excellent for the same type of food, and it has wonderful, friendly service. As Kevin says, it's a nice place to have an expensive cocktail and admire the scene, and scenery - of which there is usually plenty. My 14 year-old daughter loves it, only because a host is the "best looking guy I ever have seen" and she sometimes sees the "real housewives" there (as I think it's sometimes shot there). But they royally pissed me off on my last visit with their utter lack of customer service. I won't get into the boring details unless requested. So, I'm probably not returning. I can get drinks, sunshine and eye candy elsewhere.

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      1. re: Wayno
        kevin Oct 15, 2013 05:49 PM

        Where's the great "eye candy" elsewhere ????

        1. re: kevin
          Wayno Oct 15, 2013 06:06 PM

          Kevin, dude, we've had this discussion. Just a couple weeks ago. Mastro's Penthouse.

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            Thor123 Oct 15, 2013 06:08 PM

            After 9 at Mr C.

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              Wayno Oct 15, 2013 06:18 PM

              Per your recommendation, a few weeks back, we hit Mr C after dinner at Sotto on a Saturday night, and my buddy and I were the only, ONLY, people in the bar at 10:00 p.m. That's when we re-routed to Mastro's.

              1. re: Wayno
                kevin Oct 15, 2013 06:29 PM

                Thor is usually spot on.

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                  Thor123 Oct 15, 2013 06:51 PM

                  Then I retract my suggestion. I was only there once and by 830 on a Friday it was a scene. Can't go wrong with Mastros.

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          yogachik Oct 15, 2013 05:59 PM

          Seriously, Kevin? Next, you'll be asking about Sur.

          Stick to Dan Tanas and head up to Boa, you'll be happy at Boa.

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          1. re: yogachik
            kevin Oct 15, 2013 06:16 PM

            Sur ? Wait a second. Is Sur the place that supposedly still serves Cynthia's on 3rd's fried chicken and blackberry cobble. For some reason, that name rings a bell.

            Ok, I will stick to the tried and true.

            1. re: kevin
              Thor123 Oct 15, 2013 06:53 PM

              Sur is owned by the Villa Blanca group. It's great looking (and Villa Blanca is a nice room) but if the food is anything like VB, to be avoided.

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            Thor123 Oct 15, 2013 06:02 PM

            Could not suck more. As bad as it gets.

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              latindancer Oct 15, 2013 10:04 PM

              It replaced Trilussa.
              I'd rather have Trilussa back, frankly....it was a good neighborhood joint with outstanding customer service and consistently good food.
              Although I'll never walk back into Villa Blanca ever again for personal reasons, the chef makes some of the best Miso Black Cod in the city.

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              1. re: latindancer
                kevin Oct 15, 2013 10:52 PM

                Two never again returns based on personal reasons. Hmmm.

                Sounds like the service aspect is horrendous.

                1. re: kevin
                  latindancer Oct 16, 2013 07:52 AM

                  It's just one of the many restaurants in LA that attract lots of tourists. This one, in particular, attracts those hoping to see a glimpse of the Housewives of BH.
                  Service, or lack of or whatever else the problem, isn't really on the top list of priorities.
                  They certainly *do* hire some of the most beautiful though.

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                    kevin Oct 16, 2013 10:48 AM

                    I see.

                    The decor seemed quite gaudy (plus white on white) which I don't usually see in restaurants these days.

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                      Thor123 Oct 16, 2013 11:12 AM

                      The only thing good about VB (other than perhaps the cod) is the attractive servers (if you like that sort of thing).

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                        kevin Oct 16, 2013 11:13 AM

                        Women or men serves or both ?????

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                          Thor123 Oct 16, 2013 11:33 AM

                          I would say both having walked past it many times, although my personal focus was not on the male servers. I am pretty shallow though.

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                            kevin Oct 16, 2013 11:59 AM

                            I'm there with you. I just didn't want to offend anyone either way.

                            Hence, my query on "Women or men servers or both"

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