Ariana has spices covered

TABLE TALK

July 18, 1996|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

Severna Park has a new Afghan restaurant, Ariana, at 584 Benfield Road. Owner Fahima Vorgetts tells me that the kitchen grinds its own spices and makes its own dumplings, yogurt and chutneys. The emphasis is on fresh ingredients and low-fat cooking, with plenty of vegetarian dishes. Besides Afghan, the restaurant offers Indian, Greek and Middle Eastern food.

Ariana is closed for lunch during the summer, but it's open every evening for dinner. Call (410) 647-6964 for reservations.

Goodbye, hello

The last time I reported that Profusions had closed, it turned out to be only temporary. But now it looks as if Baltimore's first fusion cuisine restaurant has left the space at 322 N. Charles for good. The New Orleans Cafe opened in its place last week. Ed Peters and his partner Donald Mancini (who's from New Orleans and has supplied the family recipes) are offering a menu of Cajun and Creole dishes, including jambalaya, shrimp and chicken creoles and etouffee. The phone number is (410) 727-6317.

Veal consumption rises

Because of often-expressed concerns about humane treatment of young calves, you wouldn't think that veal consumption would have risen 11 percent in the United States in jTC 1995, as reported in Chef, a trade publication of the restaurant industry. With its mild flavor and delicate texture, veal is a popular vehicle for a variety of sauces and preparations.

Animal rights activists have expressed concerns about calves being raised in small boxes, but the Veal Committee says that modern stalls have adequate room for movement and grooming.

Where's brunch?

People often call me to ask about good brunches. What better place to enjoy a leisurely Sunday meal on a beautiful summer day than the courtyard terrace at Ladew Topiary Gardens? Jane Fallon Catering offers Sunday brunch from 10: 30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ladew Cafe, with food like cream cheese blintzes with fruit salad, scrambled eggs and creamed chip beef with homemade biscuits. Call (410) 879-0788 for information and directions.

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.

Pub Date: 7/18/96

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