enjoyed a pleasant time at 'first thursday'goings-on at the b.m.a. last night, and then the question came up: where to eat dinner? gertrude's at the bma has never really done it for me, and so we decided to see if we could get a table at the helmand. remember the good old days when, once upon a time, getting a later-on-a-weeknight table there would be no problem? these days, you'd better have a reservation! they're always so gracious about trying to accomodate the reservation-less guest with a table and often manage to do just that, but last night's wait would have been 45 minutes and we decided to try our luck elsewhere.
we decided on tapas teatro, since we both wanted something flavorful but on the light side. i'd eat at tapas teatro all the time if it were ever possible to get a table, but every time i've stopped in there over the past 4 or 5 months they've been swamped. (i don't think they accept reservations, but i could be wrong about that). last night, we must have hit the right time between movie start and end times at the charles theater because there were plenty of open tables, though not much later the place filled to capacity.
note for all late night diners in baltimore: i didn't realize this til last night, but tapas teatro serves til 2 am!
for some reason i wasn't as thrilled with my experience at tapas teatro as i have been on past visits, and neither was my companion. the food didn't seem to be as boldly or interestingly seasoned as it usually is. we had an ancho-marinated flank steak special that was completely bland, the usuallly excellent calamari were overgrilled and tough (should have sent them back, didn't) and a spinach, asiago and crab meat special was also mostly flavorless, though our server had raved about it to us. the dish definitely needed work, an additional ingredient or two to pick up and balance the flavors -- when the delicate flavor of spinach overwhelms an entire plate, that's a sign of trouble!
i'm just chalking the experience up to an off night, though, and plan to go back -- IF i ever luck into a table again!
who else has been to tapas teatro recently? any comments?