Akbar is now Akbar Palace


October 08, 1998|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

Akbar in Randallstown, one of three Akbars in the area, has been sold. The new owner is Chandra Nigam; he's renamed it the Akbar Palace. The restaurant was formerly known for its northern Indian cuisine; Nigam has expanded the menu to include specialties from various regions in India. Signature dishes include tandoori salmon, baby lamb chops and dosas (filled pancakes). Also new: live sitar music on the weekends. Akbar Palace is at 3541 Brenbrook Drive.

Fondue restaurant to open

The opening of the area's first fondue restaurant, once set for July, is now scheduled for mid- to late-October. Things were put on hold while the Melting Pot, in the 400 block of York Road, worked to satisfy Baltimore County officials' food-safety concerns. (They worried that raw meats and seafood cooked by customers at their tables could become contaminated with bacteria.)

People who want to know the minute the franchise restaurant opens can call 410-821-6358 and leave their names and addresses. The Melting Pot will send out the exact opening date when it's set.

New guides out

Two new restaurant guides are out whose reviews are based on what local residents think: the ever popular "ZagatSurvey" ($10.95) and "Where the Locals Eat" ($19.95). The Zagat holds few surprises. It appears often enough that its information is usually up-to-date, and its mini-reviews are always readable.

"Locals" is another matter. Restaurants are grouped under categories: Best Chinese Food, Best Casual Dining and so on. In the Say What? department: There are six Best Italian in the Baltimore section, including the Palmer House and something called La Tavoll, which must be La Tavola, but only one Best Continental: the Brass Elephant. The Best Outdoor Dining: Gypsy's Cafe, now closed. (It's turned into the Beer Garden Cafe.) And then there's the interesting and rather general category Best Dinner. According to "Where the Locals Eat," that would be Zorba's Bar & Grill, a Greek restaurant on Eastern Avenue.

Table Talk welcomes interesting tidbits of restaurant news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, Table Talk, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278; fax to 410-752-6049; or e-mail to elizabeth.largaltsun.com.

Pub Date: 10/08/98

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