Seacrets: tropical ease

RESTAURANT REVIEW

August 22, 1993|By Audrey Haar | Audrey Haar,Staff Writer

SEACRETS

Where: 49th Street and the bay, (410) 524-4900

Hours: Dinner served 5 p.m.-11 p.m. daily. No cover charge before 8 p.m.

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Seacrets is one of the hottest nightspots in town.

Inside, bands pump out a thumping beat, and outside, Jamaican music suits the tropical-style setting complete with palm trees, sand and a bay location.

Seacrets' laid-back Caribbean attitude also extends to its restaurant. Tables are scattered inside and outside, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and can require a wait.

But relax. Patrons eventually find a table and someone to serve them.

To get into a tropical frame of mind, we decided to try a couple of frozen drinks. I ordered a Seacret sunset, a fruity concoction of guava, pineapple and orange juices along with a good dose of rum. My friend's rum runner was strong also and certainly helped remove any tensions of the day.

We started our dinner with a cream of crab soup ($4.75) that was thick, smooth and velvety but that contained only a small amount of crab. We also tried the smoked tuna ($6.75), which turned out to be dry and wasn't helped by a bland sauce.

Our entrees were more successful. We enjoyed a gingery Jamaican stir-fry ($11.50), which featured a spicy chicken breast served with a tangy sauce over a mixture of vegetables and brown rice.

We also had crab saute with fettuccine ($15.50), which had lots of tasty crab lumps. Both dinners came with crisp-cooked string beans that had a spicy zing.

For dessert, the Jenny cake ($2.75), a small square of chocolate cake, had a rich flavor that made up for its diminutive size. The Key lime pie ($3) was good, too.

One false note was the china and cutlery -- or its lack. Styrofoam plates and plastic forks and knives somehow don't do justice to the care taken in preparing the food.

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