Restaurant critic slams newport restaurant
A restaurant critic says she’s not impressed with newport’s new restaurant, saying the menu is not what she expected.
A recent review in the Northwest Post by local food critic and restaurant critic Emily B. Condon of Northwest Post Kitchen and Eatery magazine said the new menu is “poorly executed and the selection is lacking.”
“It’s just not the same menu that I remember from when I first tried it in the fall of ’14,” she said.
“I’m not sure if I like it or not, but I’ll be honest, I didn’t get much out of it.”
The review was based on Condon’s initial taste test.
The restaurant was open to the public for only three days before opening on Oct. 2.
Condon said she was very disappointed.
In the review, Condon said the menu was “poor” and the prices were “not competitive.”
She also said the staff had been replaced by “non-employees who appear to have been brought on as replacements” since her first taste test in the spring of 2014.
And she said she’s unsure if the new location has the same food and service as the original location.
But, she said, the new restaurant is a better option.
Newport Beach, a small, residential community, has a population of only about 5,000 people, which Condon described as a “very, very small, low-income community.”
Council member Jennifer L. Smith of the local restaurant advocacy group Greater New Port City said the restaurant’s new menu and menu items are not as exciting as some of the other restaurants in the area.
She said she would recommend visiting a restaurant of a similar quality in her area to get a better taste of the menu and selection.
Smith said the food was tasty and well priced.
She also said there is a great selection of wines, beers and spirits in the restaurant.
However, she also said it was difficult to find a place that was open during the busy holiday season.
With its location in the neighborhood, Coney said, she was not sure that the new Newport Beach location will have a large number of customers during the holidays.
On Monday, Cosson said she has heard from a number of people in the community who are excited about the new restaurants, but she does not know what the restaurant will be able to offer for the holiday season when it opens.
Bertram Coney, a restaurant critic for Northwest Post and Eatero magazine, says the new waterfront restaurant menu in Newport Beach, Calif., is a “poor selection” of food and drinks.
(Photo: Courtesy of Emily B Condon)A spokesperson for Newport Beach’s Planning and Zoning Department said the Newport Beach Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the project in May and approved the first restaurant to be built on the site.
Councilmember Mary-Ann Pugh also called for a review of the Newport restaurant project.
“We want to see what kind of new restaurants are coming in the city and not just new restaurants that have been here before,” she told the Times.
“It would be nice if people who live in the town would come out and get a taste of what the food is like in the new area.”
In response to Condons comments, Newport Beach Mayor Rob Anderson said in a statement that he is committed to expanding the city’s culinary offerings.
Anderson said he wants to “strengthen Newport Beach as a destination for dining, shopping and entertainment, and create jobs in the process.”
The city has received requests for proposals for restaurants in Newport, Anderson said.