Plata Grande, Columbia, 740-5115. Good Mexican food, eve...

DINING OUT/THE CRITICS' REPORT

July 13, 1991|By MARY MAUSHARD | MARY MAUSHARD,The Evening Sun The Pavilion at the Walters, 600 N. Charles St., 727-2233. Artful dining is to be expected when the Walters Art Gallery joins forces with Classic Catering People. The new lunch-only Pavilion offers spacious proportions, classic detailing and accomplished international cuisine. Intense lobster-corn chowder, calamari with silkily spicy Thai dipping sauce, salmon quiche and fanned petals of charred rare tuna were worthy of the fanciest restaurant in town. $$moderate. (Last visited 6/91.) LYNN WILLIAMSThe Sun Bangkok Delight, 8825 Centre Park Drive, Columbia, 730-0032. Smack in the middle of a suburban green field, Bangkok Delight serves cooling food in a cool and pretty room decorated with colorful, upside-down-hanging paper umbrellas. Preparations are somewhat tempered to Western tastes. Our experience suggested one might skip the roast duckling, and turn to the minced shrimp patties, the Thai spring rolls or a salmon special that mounded salmon with snow peas, carrots, broccoli, miniature Chinese ears of corn and zucchini. $$moderate. (Last visited 5/91.) JANICE BAKERThe Sunday Sun

Plata Grande, Columbia, 740-5115. Good Mexican food, eve good Tex-Mex food, is hard to come by in this area. And when friends knowledgeable about this fare told us they had enjoyed Plata Grande in Columbia, we decided to give it a try. Despite a strong start of delicious guacamole and nicely seasoned gazpacho, the meal at Plata Grande did not improve the area's reputation much. The combination Tex-Mex platter was largely tasteless; the refried beans and rice, bland; the broccoli yellowing. The Red Snapper Vera Cruz was, however, tender and flavorful with a peppy sauce. Our service was abrupt and hurried, and the light so dim I found it a constant distraction.

$ 1/2 moderately inexpensive. (Last visited 6/91.)

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