We've been fans of Chef John Cuevas since we dined on his inventive and delicious fare when he took over as executive chef at The Loft in the Montage Hotel. His departure for the new Montage in Beverly Hills struck a sour note for us.
So his return to Orange County to take the helm at The Crow Bar and Kitchen in Corona del Mar has been music to our ears. He has been tweaking the menu since his arrival, and we feasted on his new additions. This man really knows how to cook!
This casual, attractive hangout in CdM is always abuzz and sometimes downright cacophonous with its busy bar and tall tables at one end of the room. The menu is very casual as well.
Nibble on a flatbread, order the daily taco, munch on a Cuban sandwich or chow down on one of their great burgers; but if you'd rather, you can put together a lovely leisurely meal with say, wild rocket salad featuring braised pancetta, lardoons, poached egg, banyuls vinaigrette and rustic toast, followed by roasted wild striped bass with braised artichoke, English peas, pickled ramps and herb butter. Finally, top it off with bananas Foster bread pudding with rum caramel sauce and caramel gelato.