Beyond the usual a meal to savor

June 06, 1993|By Audrey Haar | Audrey Haar,Staff Writer

Dining out in Ocean City calls up images of crabs or ribs washed down with frosty mugs of beer. So it was a bit of a jolt to realize there are alternatives to the usual fare.

It was a happy surprise to discover Reflections at 67th Street and Coastal Highway.

The menu describes the food as a blend of classical cooking, French table-side entrees and Eastern Shore seafood specialties. This is a place to enjoy a peaceful meal, and where the meal is an event to be savored.

To start the meal, my friend ordered escargots au pistou ($5.50). The baked snails were served inside a cherry tomato with garlic basil butter and sliced almonds on top. It was light, tender and flavorful.

Because I was unable to decide which of the three soups to order, the easy choice was the soup trio ($4.95) -- so I could try them all. Cream of lump crab soup and Maryland crab soup are on the menu and the soup dujour was Scotch broth.

Frankly, I was curious to taste the Scotch broth because my server suggested that it wasn't very good. I found it to be a soothing dark broth with tender bits of lamb along with chunks of celery, barley and other grains. Surprisingly, it was the one soup that I would order again.

The cream of lump crab soup was thick and creamy with large chunks of crab. And if you like your Maryland crab soup spicy, give this version a try. It had a nice consistency and was made with potatoes, carrots, green beans and peas.

The house salad arrived next. The dark romaine lettuce was dressed up with cucumbers, radishes, celery, red onions, green peppers and bits of mandarin orange. It was especially good with the French vinaigrette house dressing.

My steak Diane flambe ($24.50) was cooked with red wine and cream and then flambeed with brandy. Very dramatic. The tender, thick fillets were served with sauteed mushrooms.

My friend's symphonia de la mer ($26) was served in a light cream sauce that complemented the scallops, shrimp and lobster.

Both meals came with tender string beans in a spicy garlic-herb sauce and small, red-skinned steamed potatoes.

We couldn't resist the dessert cart. While I usually opt for chocolate, I decided to try the carrot cake ($4), which the server said was homemade. It was moist and covered with a light creamy frosting, and the entire slice was showered with carrot shavings.

My companion had the chocolate volcano cake ($4), which had a cakelike brownie base with a creamy fudge topping.

Reflections

Where: 67th Street and Coastal Highway, Ocean City

Hours: Dinner served 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily

Credit cards: Accepts all major credit cards

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