A little bit of everythingYou wouldn't expect a restaurant...

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November 30, 1995|By Elizabeth Large

A little bit of everything

You wouldn't expect a restaurant called A Little Place Called Siam to have veal scallopine, prime rib, pork loin and crab cakes; but one thing you can say about the '90s: eclectic is hot.

The menu at Baltimore's newest Asian-American restaurant also includes chicken with cashew nuts, beef and basil, and pork with ginger. A Little Place Called Siam has opened next to the Mechanic, where the Noble House and before that La Provence used to be.

Shrimp is big business

It comes as no surprise, but shrimp is by far the best-liked seafood among restaurant-goers, according to "Catch of the Day: Seafood in Restaurants." The new survey, conducted by the National Fisheries Institute and the National Restaurant Association, also found that salmon is the most popular fish of ocean and fresh water varieties. (Whatever happened to flounder? Even swordfish is more popular, according to the report.)

And mahi-mahi has gone upscale: higher-check restaurants are almost twice as likely to offer mahi-mahi as lower-check restaurants.

He's game

Randall Warder has come from one of the country's most famous restaurants, Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, to be the new executive chef at Red Sage, which is on its way to becoming one of Washington's most famous restaurants. (In its first year it won Esquire magazine's "Restaurant of the Year" award.) Mr. Warder plans to add a variety of ethnic influences to Red Sage's American food, and he has a passion for using game in his cooking. Don't be surprised to find ostrich on the menu; he's worked extensively with it.

Stop by the Woman's Industrial Exchange tomorrow; have some chicken salad and aspic; and meet John Sherwood, author of "Maryland's Vanishing Lives," between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. While you're at it, ask your waitress when the Exchange will start serving buckwheat pancakes and sausage for lunch again.

Open on Christmas?

I'm still looking for restaurants that are planning to be open Dec. 25 with a special Christmas dinner menu. Please send particulars to the address below.

Table Talk welcomes interesting tidbits of restaurant news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, Table Talk, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278. Or fax to (410) 783-2519.

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