On the next big wave


July 29, 1999|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic

Ciao, Ciao. Hello, Tsunami.

Annapolis' new Asian grill and sushi bar will be opening soon in the spot where the Italian trattoria was at 51 West St.

Gavin Buckley and Julie Williams, who had a restaurant of the same name in Australia, are teaming up with Kristin Lewis and Judy Danek, who have worked in the restaurant industry in Annapolis for 10 years, to open a restaurant specializing in Pacific Rim cuisine.

"Look for clean flavors," says Williams. "Lemongrass, chili, coriander, basil, grilled items, a couple of curries." The wine list will feature products from Australia and New Zealand.

Tsunami will be open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Food will be available until 1 a.m.; liquor until 2 a.m.

Uneasy pickings

When I found out that McCormick & Schmick's was offering steamed crabs on its Inner Harbor patio this summer, I couldn't resist. I wanted to see how an upscale seafood chain from the Northwest dealt with the mess, noise and sheer fun of Baltimore's favorite summer eating.

We had salads first, on china plates; then our waiter brought out a tray of hardshells and three wooden mallets, set them on the table and left.

We looked at each other and back at those crabs. Where were the little knives (only amateurs mangle a crab with mallets), the brown paper and, perhaps most important, paper napkins? It was going to be a messy business because the crabs ($32 a dozen) were small and coated thickly with spices.

You learn something new every day. I learned you can pick crabs on a china plate with a dinner knife. (Luckily, the waiter hadn't taken away our salad plates.) And we made do with our cloth napkins. But be warned: The waiters don't know that if the kitchen steams crabs with this much seasoning, you need to keep the beers, sodas and water coming.

Sascha's on the move

This fall, Sascha's Daily, the little carryout on Hamilton Street, is moving to 527 N. Charles St. and becoming a full-fledged restaurant. The new name is tentatively Sascha's 527.

Breakfast and lunch will be much the same as at Hamilton Street -- featuring freshly baked pastries, dishes like chicken, fennel, orange and olive salad, and gourmet sandwiches -- but at dinnertime there will be full meals with table service. If the liquor license is approved, Sascha's 527 will also have a small bar and lounge.

Suzie's sober

You may not be able to get liquor at Suzie's Soba (1009 W. 36th St.) in Hampden, but the limeade on the menu goes quite well with the imaginative Korean and other Asian food. Start with a salad of field greens, shiitake mushrooms, red pepper strips and pickled ginger. Follow it with chicken don, a beautiful and soul-warming casserole of chicken, egg, vegetables and rice. And finish with some ginger ice cream for dessert.

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.large@baltsun.com.

Pub Date: 07/29/99

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