Restaurants & Bars 2

Red Maple (Baltimore)

Pleiades | Mar 18, 2002 10:13 AM

Well well....I heard this place was hip, but I don't think my wardrobe is quite ready for a return visit. My belly is, though......

for those who haven't drifted in yet, this place is really, and I mean really, carefully designed and laid-out. Someone with real taste and architectural background went to town. restraint everywhere, minimalist to a T. Stylish, although slightly impractical for lounging. Trippy bar top changes color as you sip. Best not to sip too much, then, or risk nightmares. Dj was already spinning, even though it was only 6 pm on a Thursday, and a mighty fine job he was doing too. With real, honest-to-goodness vinyl no less.

Oh right, the chow.....

Asian tapas they say, and right they are. I enjoyed everything, from the yellowtail sushi tower to the duck samosas. All came in threes, and all had some interesting flavor twist that indicated someone with a brain in the kitchen instead of a cookbook. Cocktails and beer readily available; wine list has a couple things of note, but could use a lift. Ate more than I should have, but the food really was good. Not a bargain, but someone's gotta pay for the hipness and it might as well be the customer, right? Service was, well, service was very slow. Service was also cute and chatty and in knee-high boots, so this hound was (guiltily) willing to let it slide.

I haven't decided if this place is too chill and pretentious, but it certainly fits a mood. I'll go back for the food, but the contrarian in me says I need to pick a day when I'm not wearing any black.

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