A chef who's staying, and restaurants that are introducing new menus
I got an e-mail yesterday evening from Jeanne asking if Kevin Miller was still the head chef at Ixia in Mount Vernon. Her mother had said she had read in my column that he had left.
I hadn't reported that, I told Jeanne, but I would call the restaurant today to find out. I spoke to Anissa Cadar, Ixia's special events planner, who says Kevin is there now and will be staying. They are old colleagues: he and she met when they were being interviewed for the jobs on the same day in 2001.
While I'm talking about e-mails, I've gotten several from restaurants about changes in their menus. A lot of that seems to be going around -- because of the change of seasons, but also because of the economy. Here's what I know: ...
Tsunami, located with its sister restaurant, Lemongrass, just east of Little Italy, has revamped its menu in major ways. Prices are lower, and I'd be interested to hear if anyone has tried it recently.
RA Sushi in Harbor East has added a lot of new dishes and cocktails to its menu, but this is what caught my eye:
Last month RA extended its Happy Hour through Saturday, offering food and drink specials from 3 to 7 p.m. Sushi and appetizers on the Happy Hour menu are now reduced to half-off the regular menu prices. Drink specials range from $1 to $5, and include beer, sake and a wide variety of specialty cocktails.
Clementine in Hamilton sent me their fall menu, which included:
* Roasted Rosemary Brined Bone-in Chicken Breast w/ Sauternes, Wild Mushroom & Honey Sauce over Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Chilled Roasted Asparagus $18
* Grilled Vande Rose Baltimore Strip w/ w/ Sautéed Chesapeake Oysters & Leeks Finished w/ Brandy & Cream & Mashed Spuds w/ Sautéed Veggies $23
* Lemon Baked Wahoo w/ Crawfish Sweet Corn Slaw, Rice & Stewed Chili Tomatoes & Okra $18
Shall I tell you about the announcement I got about the new Jonathan Ogden cabernet? Nah. I'm getting hungry; I think I'll go home and fix dinner.
(Photo of Kevin Miller by Kim Hairston/Sun photographer)