Seventh Bombay Grill opens

TABLE TALK

July 18, 2002

Make that seven Bombay Grills. The latest link in the locally owned Indian-restaurant chain opened June 21 in Harford Mall.

Manager Sam Arangamparambil says the Harford County restaurant offers the same authentic north Indian and tandoori menu as other Bombay Grills, with a few additions. He says he's added some exotic meat items - such as quail - as well as Balti dishes, which he describes as a primitive cuisine involving stir-fried vegetables and meat.

"Our Harford County customers say they've been waiting a long time to get an Indian restaurant here," Arangamparambil says, "so we want to show them our best."

He says the restaurant got off to a slow start, because the opening wasn't advertised. But he's seeing some of the same faces again - a good response.

And he's getting up close and personal with some of his customers. "A lot of people in Harford County don't know Indian cuisine, so there's a lot of talking involved," Arangamparambil says with a chuckle.

Bombay Grill is at 678 H Belair Road. It's open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. A lunch buffet is $7.95 weekdays, $9.95 weekends. Dinner entrees range from $8 to $22.

Scupper still serving

The folks at Baltimore's Rusty Scupper aren't letting a little thing like that May 9 fire spoil their customers' summer fun. Even though the blaze destroyed part of the outside deck, as well as the upstairs kitchen, manager Ed Prutzer says the deck has been open for business with a light-fare menu prepared in the smaller downstairs kitchen.

The menu includes pub fare such as Maryland crab soup, turkey club, roast beef and shrimp salad wrap sandwiches, and Buffalo chicken ribbons.

Prutzer has also brought back steamed crabs, which, he says, haven't been served at the restaurant for the past three or four years.

"Steamed crabs and a nice view of the Inner Harbor marina and city skyline: You can't get any more Baltimore than that," Prutzer says.

Prutzer estimates that repairs to the main kitchen should be completed in about a month and that a full menu will be available then.

Rusty Scupper is at 402 Key Highway. It's open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

A different drink

Looking for a different way to cool off this summer? You might try swinging by An Loi Pho, Columbia's 8-month-old Vietnamese restaurant, for a bubble drink. Jen Wong - who co-owns the restaurant with Jimmy Huynh - says the recent menu additions are very popular summer drinks in Vietnam. She adds that bubble drinks ($2.50-$2.95) are made by mixing tapioca with your choice of a tropical fruit (such as mango or papaya), tea or sweet red beans. An Loi Pho is in the Owen Brown South Plaza, 7101 Minstrel Way.

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