If you missed my review of the Brass Elephant yesterday, here's the link. It's a beautiful restaurant in an era when, now that I think about it, beauty doesn't count for as much as it used to (at least in restaurant decor). Do you think that's true? It's the high-energy restaurants that seem to be packed.
Even the Tusk Lounge upstairs was very busy the night we ate there. Of course, that's partly a function of what it costs to eat there as opposed to the main dining room. ...
The other thing that I didn't really have room to discuss in my review is that the Brass Elephant is now very expensive. I haven't been there in a while, but I don't remember feeling that way before. It seems odd to me in this economy to position yourself as an expense account and special occasion restaurant, but maybe it's like what Damon Hersh, executive chef at Kali's Court
in Fells Point, said to me in an interview for a Q & A (paraphrasing here). There's always going to be a certain number of people who aren't really affected when the economy goes down the tank, and they like to be surrounded by other wealthy people. The rest of us eat at home more when money is tight.
(Algerina Perna/Sun photographer)