A taste of Mediterranean cuisine

TABLE TALK

July 12, 2006|By SLOANE BROWN

If you can't get away to the Mediterranean this summer, a new restaurant in Annapolis is bringing it to you. Kyma is all about Mediterranean cuisine, with some cool, breezy digs to match.

Spokeswoman Victoria Caplick says the restaurant is a joint venture between the Sfakiynudis family of Annapolis - who owns the 200-year-old building - and Jack Boyle of Mie N Yu in Georgetown.

Let's start with the environs. Caplick said the owners wanted to combine old and new. So you'll see some exposed brick walls interspersed with sleek white surfaces and cobalt-blue tile.

As you enter the first-floor dining room, you're greeted by a blue abstract mural on one wall and a wavy etched-glass partition on the other. Make your way through the room (which seats about 35) to hang out at the white-and-blue-bar area and watch chef Jose Picazo (formerly of D.C.'s Jaleo) whip up creations in the stainless-steel open kitchen. Or head upstairs to another bar and lounge area with disc-jockey booth, low couches, ottomans and cocktail tables, and a bigger dining room that seats about 60. Check out the 200-year-old original wooden beams overhead.

The menu offers a similar combo of old and new. The dishes are traditional Spanish and Greek entrees and tapas/mezze. But Caplick says the presentation is contemporary.

When you order a Spanish tortilla from the small-plates category (unlike the starchy Mexican version, this one's an omelet), cubes of egg, potato and onion come on a skewer ($3.50). Other items on that part of the menu include stuffed grape leaves ($5.75), ahi tuna carpaccio with spicy chili aioli, pine nuts and cilantro ($7.25) and marinated pork tenderloin ($6.50).

If you're into something a little more substantial, the entree list offers several paellas, which each serve three to four people ($35 to $45), and items like grilled chicken breast with spinach, apples, raisins, pine nuts, shallots, garlic and tomato sauce ($17); grilled lamb tenderloin with roasted zucchini and potatoes ($19); and grilled New York strip ($21).

You'll find Kyma, 410-268-0003, at 69 West St., at the intersection with Calvert Street. Dining hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday. The lounge will stay open until 2 a.m. every night.

Bastille Day events

Are you still into celebrating an independence day? Then you might want to consider getting in on a couple of Bastille Day events this Friday at a couple of area eateries.

Brasserie Tatin, 105 W. 39th St., is offering a Bastille Day dinner on its newly opened terrace for $40 a person. If the weather doesn't oblige, the party will move inside. Call 443-278-9110 for reservations.

Or you might want to head out to the Elkridge Furnace Inn, 5745 Furnace Ave. in Elkridge, for hors d'oeuvres and a wine tasting, with all the proceeds going to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center pediatric trauma team. The event goes from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Call 410-379-9336 to get your $50 ticket.

If you have information regarding a local restaurant's opening, closing or major changes, please e-mail that information to sloane@sloanebrown.com or fax it to 410-675-3451.

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