Chef Josh, who has masterminded several kitchens in recent years, including, most recently, Night of the Cookers, is taking over the cooking reins of the new restaurant Alizée. He sent me an e-mail yesterday afternoon but I was away, delivering Berger cookies to my brother in North Carolina (but that’s another blog).
Anyway, Alizée has taken over the spot once occupied by the Spice Company at the Colonnade, 4 W. University Pkwy. According to Chef Josh, the restaurant is now open with a menu of nine items. You’ll find French fusion with Asian flavors. He says the food offerings, divided into small and large plates, won’t increase in number too much because he plans to use farm-to-table products. Here are some examples of what you’ll find now: glazed calamari (pickled green salad, diced tomatoes, and sweet peppers), $9; Thai mussels (lemon grass, Thai basil, chili, coconut juice, and lime leaves), $8; sunflower-crusted black cod (micro wasabi, plum wine gastrique, and pineapple ginger happy rice), $25; and coq au vin (braised carrots, celery, fresh herbs, and herbed risotto), $20.
I can’t find a website for the restaurant, but the phone number is 410-235-8200. In his email, Josh sounds enthusiastic. "I am very excited about working here," he said. In this economy, it’s nice to report positive restaurant news.