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May 28, 2008

Nasu Blanca is closing

nasublancaend.jpgI'm sad to hear that Nasu Blanca, an interesting restaurant in Locust Point offering Spanish and Japanese food, is serving its last meal this Friday night. Chef/owner David Sherman blames it on the economy.

"We are going out with style," he said in an e-mail to me.  "My staff and I are offering an eight-course tasting menu with wine and sake pairings.  I hope everyone continues to eat well."

When I called to confirm his e-mail just now, I asked him what the price will be. He said $120 per person, $180 with the wine and sake pairings.

Sherman included this information in his e-mail: "Outstanding gift cards...will be honored with cash back or wine worth equal value.  Please inform people to call me, David Sherman, at 410-962-9890; and I will personally make arrangements."

(Karl Merton Ferron/Sun photographer) 


Posted by Elizabeth Large at 4:57 PM | | Comments (21)


I think that if Nasu Blanca would have tried to fit in the neighborhood the right way ie: drink and food specials, maybe they could have surpassed this economy crunch. I'm not really surprised to hear this. You can't put a restaurant in Locust point and expect to rely only on transients. Locust Point is a tough and tight neighborhood. Need to have the locals in, on off nights! I went there and found a special for $50! That is no way to appeal to that hood! Bye Bye Nasu Blanca!

Considering the state of the economy, I wonder how many people are going to shell out $400 for dinner for two at a restaurant that was only open for a couple of years. I mean it is not like the farewell dinner at Marconi's or Haussner's

There was more going on there...Was anyone else disturbed by the photos in the bathrooms of women in pain beaing eaten as bondage-food? Or by the seven tv cameras that were visible looking at customers, not security areas? How about the time when the manager was being mean to the bartender in front of patrons? Contrast that attitude with Pazza Luna's...

wow chowsearch,
It sounds like you really were affected by your visit.
"Women in pain being eaten as bondage food"?

The contrast for Pazza luna is true. They at least try to fit in the hood, with the $10 pasta nights, on Wednesday, etc. They'll stick around. They appeal to the neighborhood. So does Lucas Cafe. Nasu needed to wake up and the sad thing is, they woke up and jacked up prices for a farewell question: Why not give the house away for cheaper on the last night, you're out of business, get rid of the stuff! I'll bet they'll find customers coming out of the woodwork down there. Wow. What a novel idea in Locust Point?!

Are they still having their regular menu on Friday?

$180/person? Yikes! In LP? Double yikes! Wait, that's $22.50 per course with wine. Still ...

At least they aren't trying to slip away in the night. Anoouncing the closing and making arrangements for people with gift cards is a class act compared to the way a lot of restaurants close!

What kind of wine goes with bondage food?

You are right, Baltofoodie. This is a much better way to go out...HOWEVER!

$180 for eight courses and wine/sake pairings is not outrageous.I am sure eight courses at other Locust Point restaurants would be much less expensive and less interesting.Sticker shock has always been an issue at Nasu Blanca.While it is true that it is more pricey than your average Baltimore restaurant or one of the new "Gastropubs",the quality of the ingredients has always justified it,in my opinion.It will sad to lose a very unique restaurant,in a city of mediocre choices.

VP, I would suggest a hearty Barolo

I am pretty sure that there are few other restaurants in LoPo that are capable of offering an eight-course meal, with wines... maybe Wine Market, but that's about it.

And if you'd ever even thought, five years ago, that there would have been one restaurant that had eight courses in LoPo, people would have laughed at you. Maybe deviled eggs and seven Guinesses at J Patricks?

PS... I lived in Locust Point for ten years!

VP: I believe Dr Lechter recommends fava beans and a nice chianti.

With all the doom and gloom about restaurants I thought I would go to Mari Luna on Tuesday evening. Gave up after 10 minutes trying to find a place to park. Atleast three other cars were circling. Maybe the failing restaurants should check out the places that are still packed on a Tuesday night.

VP how about a nice Inferno

Nasu may be able to produce a great tasting menu; however, if I'm going to spend $200 on a tasting menu I'm going to go the Inn at Little Washington or Restaurant Eve. I really doubt that I would spend that kind of money on a Baltimore restaurant. Now, I'll certainly do a $100 tasting menu at a place like Petit Louis.

Sad to see this place go. I have eaten there about a dozen times since they opened and it has always been magnificent. Will really miss the Kobe beef entree.

I heard them advertising the dinner on WYPR this morning. No word that this was their swan song.

The chef and owner is my brother. He tried to do something that he loved and tried to share his passion with a city that he loves. Maybe the prices were not what the people wanted but it would be naive to be so harsh with someone who tried to share their love with you. I am sad today because a place that I love will never exist again ;-(

Nasu Blanca was on my list of restaurants to try. Now it's too late.

I think that the fact that they are honoring gift cards speaks well for the management. Look at all the people that got stuck with Taste gift cards.

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