Edward Kim, who helped make Ixia a hit when it opened this summer at 518 N. Charles St., has left to open his own restaurant in Federal Hill. He won't disclose the address yet because the details haven't been worked out, but he hopes to be in business by the end of the year.
Kim, who was executive chef at the Ritz-Carlton in Arlington, Va., and a sous chef at Citronelle in Washington before that, has named his new place SoignM-i. "It will be a third of the size of Ixia," he says. "More small-scale, more hands-on. As chef-owner, I will have more control."
Like Ixia, SoignM-i will have a seasonal menu of Pacific Rim dishes with Mediterranean accents.
Meanwhile, Kevin Miller has taken over Ixia's kitchen. He was executive chef at Gertrude's, and has also worked at Ze Mean Bean and the Blue Moon in Rehoboth.
Miller plans to keep the pan-Asian cuisine but has introduced a new menu of dishes like lemongrass skewered tiger shrimp with curry lemon butter and rack of lamb in a Thai peanut sauce.
Ixia is no longer open for lunch but serves dinner every night and brunch on Sunday.
A tavern opens in Canton
Cardwell's Tavern opened quietly at the end of last week at 2239 Essex St. in Canton. The new bar-restaurant has an English-pub feel, but the food is top-of-the-line American bar fare like lump crab cakes, Black Angus steaks, jumbo shrimp and wings. Entrees are priced around $10.
Cardwell's is open every night from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and has live music.
I stopped by the Kabob Hut at 13 Allegheny Ave. in Towson recently and felt sad because the normally bustling spot was empty, in spite of the little American flags stuck everywhere. (The super-nice owners are natives of Iran.) A few days later, a friend of mine was told the Egyptian owner of Al Pacino Pizza at 6080 Falls Road had gone home depressed because business was so bad.
I can understand customers having vague feelings of unease about eating Middle Eastern food these days, but it would be too bad to see any of our nice neighborhood eateries go under as a byproduct of the terrorist attacks.
Bicycle rolls on
I heard from several readers because I left Bicycle (1444 Light St.) off a list of restaurants I included in a recent article on shopping in Federal Hill. They were right to complain about the inadvertent omission - stylish little Bicycle, with its new American menu, is one of the best places to eat in the area. Sorry, folks.
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