Although Friday, May 23, is the official opening day of Fin Steak & Seafood in the lower level of the Admiral Fell Inn, I got a sneak peak of the dining room and sampled menu items during a visit on Wednesday. It’s too early for a review—every restaurant needs time to work out its kitchen and front-of-the-house rhythms—but here’s what I can tell you. The restaurant has a chic, European feel with stone walls (leftover from previous renditions), black tablecloths, soft lighting, and a subterranean feel. The lounge is dim, too, but in an intimate, romantic way.
The menu offers New American cuisine with starters like grilled calamari marinated in chimichurri sauce and citrus shrimp and scallops with a fennel and orange slaw. Entrées include rack of veal, Angus steaks, roasted wild salmon with couscous, and crab cakes, of course. You can get a Kobe beef burger and salads, too. Cleverly named "fin"ales range from white chocolate banana brûlée bread pudding to milk and cookies (triple-chocolate, chocolate-chunk, and peanut-butter cookies with a chocolate malted milk shooter!).
The force behind the menu is executive chef Avi Cohen, a graduate of Baltimore International College, who’s worked at Linwoods Dué, Eddie's of Roland Park, and Zeffert & Gold Caterering. The restaurant serves dinner Wednesday-Sunday. Phone is 410-522-2195.