A new fusion restaurant


March 22, 2001|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

This spring, Baltimore will be getting a new fusion restaurant and a chef with a pedigree. The space once occupied by Lenny's Chop House will soon become the EurAsian Harbor. Its executive chef is Quang Duong, a native of Vietnam, who trained under French super-chef Alain Ducasse and Michel Richard of Citronelle in Washington.

Steve deCastro, owner of local Ruth's Chris Steak House franchises and the Havana Club, is renovating the dining room of the Harbor Inn Pier 5 hotel in the Inner Harbor and is planning to open the new restaurant and sushi bar there in mid-April.

Diners will be able to feast on dishes like grilled tuna with wasabi Yukon mashed potatoes and ponzu sauce, and seared noisette of lamb with Hawaiian ratatouille and Sichuan peppercorn sauce.

In another part of downtown, deCastro's Babalu Grill should be up and running by late May in the Power Plant Live project at 34 Market Place. It will be as much nightclub as restaurant, but you will find authentic Cuban food and drinks there as well as live Latin music.

New at the Ruby Lounge

Ruby Lounge, the stylish eatery at 802 N. Charles St., may soon have new owners if all the i's get dotted and the t's crossed on the sale contract. Partners Lisa Heckman, who owned a catering company in Philadelphia, and Stanley Mandel, a restaurant consultant, met by chance (they live in the same apartment house) and found they both wanted to own their own restaurant. Ruby Lounge's current owners, Mary Soto and David Smith, were ready to sell for personal reasons.

If the deal goes through, expect chef Heckman to put her stamp on the current eclectic menu of international dishes by adding daily specials. Otherwise things shouldn't change much.

"It's successful, it's a fun place to go," says Mandel. "If you enjoy the Ruby Lounge now, you'll enjoy it even more in a few weeks."

Valet parking at the mall

Not many mall eateries offer valet parking, but Remomo in Arundel Mills now does. (The Italian restaurant shares the service with the movie theater next door.) Of course, that may say more about what it's like trying to find a parking place at that particular mall than anything about the restaurant.

The cost is $4, but it's subsidized: The person who parks your car will give you "Momo's lire," worth $2 at the bar.

As you're finishing your meal, have the restaurant call for your car so it will be waiting for you at the door.

Table Talk welcomes interesting tidbits of restaurant news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, Table Talk, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; fax to 410-783-2519; or e-mail to elizabeth.large@baltsun.com.

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