Jpn., the restaurant formerly known as Shogun

TABLE TALK

September 26, 1996|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

Shogun has a new name, and the owners haven't quite decided how to pronounce it yet. The Japanese restaurant at 316 N. Charles St. is now Jpn. (The period is part of the name.) Why the change? One of the principals has retired, and to avoid legal tangles, says co-owner John Pletcher, he and the remaining partner, Shuzo Nonouchi, decided on the new name.

Nonouchi, also the chef, is taking the change as an opportunity to branch out from Shogun's traditional Japanese cuisine. Look for the addition of more of his own creations on the menu soon.

Victorian tea

Fallston has a new spot for afternoon tea, the Heritage Tea Room at 2414 Pleasantville Road. The small restaurant isn't new; it's been serving lunches and holding children's parties for several years now. But it's just starting to offer tea Tuesdays through Saturdays at 3: 30 p.m. For $5.50 you get your choice of teas and homemade scones, tarts, cookies (a specialty is pecan tassies) and other sweets. The setting is Victorian, "kind of on the lacy side," says owner Peggy Brewer.

The tea room also serves lunch in two seatings, 11: 30 a.m. and 1: 30 p.m. The menu is set and might consist of quiche, chicken salad, finger sandwiches or soup with a homemade muffin and dessert.

Catering to the Caribbean

Devotees of Caribbean cooking may have wondered whatever happened to Paulette Merrills, owner of the Caribbean Cafe at 48 Cross St., which closed a year and a half ago. She wasn't able to keep the restaurant open with two small children to care for, but she does still run Caribbean Cafe Catering, a company specializing in Jamaican dishes like jerk chicken, steamed red snapper with vegetables and curried chicken.

Fork over a spoon

Shortage of the Week: A colleague had lunch at the Pavilion at the Walters the other day. He noticed something a little odd about the table settings but couldn't quite put his finger on what it was. Only when he asked for a spoon for his iced tea and was brought a plastic stirrer (much too small for the glass) did he realize that the tables had no spoons on them.

We don't have any spoons, his waiter told him. They've all gone to a catering job we're doing. (He did get a soup spoon for his corn and lobster chowder.)

Fish by the book

Old Angler's Inn in Potomac has the reputation of being one of Maryland's best restaurants. It's a long drive for Baltimoreans, but Chef Jeffrey Tomchek's gorgeous new "Old Angler's Inn Cookbook" ($55) will give you a good idea of what it's like to eat there. To order, call (703) 404-8464.

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: 9/26/96

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