Review: Alchemy: Modern American Eatery

Alchemy is a posh restaurant in the close-knit Hampden community on historic 36th street. This restaurant stands out in the area, in my opinion, as a sleek, modern contrast to Hampden’s traditional atmosphere. Warm, earthy colors on the 1st level and bright, bold color on the 2nd, make it as nice to look at as it is to eat in as a result of one of the definitions of alchemy – a process by which paradoxical results are achieved or incompatible elements combined with no obvious rational explanation¹.

Mahogany Catfish Filet at Alchemy

Mahogany Catfish Filet at Alchemy

The menu reads like a Top Chef challenge list with appetizers like the “Scallops Provencal on Olive Toasty” or the entrée, “Tournedos Crab a Rooney.” However, the food that comes out will be quite enjoyable. I tried the Crab Bisque, a smooth, creamy helping spiced with Rosemary and Thyme. There was almost no detectable sherry, but was copious in the amount of sweet jumbo lump crab meat hiding in the bowl. A Peachtini full of Stoli Peachnik was a buzzworthy accompaniment to the bisque as was another beverage that no longer has a name thanks to the Peachtini (although I can tell you that it had rum, was frothy from shaking, had pineapple juice and passion fruit puree). My entrée was the Mahogany Catfish Filet which featured a large broiled catfish with lightly flavored Cajun spice covered with a corn relish containing sweet yellow kernels cream, mustard seed and more copious amounts of jumbo lump crab meat. There are not a lot of sides (offered a la carte) to choose from, but the sautéed spinach was tasty. I tried the sweet potato tamale, which was more tamale flavored than I was expecting, so do not expect your normal “sweet” sweet potato. Finally, the fudge brownie dessert was a warm, treat covered in fresh made vanilla bean gelato, thick fresh whipped cream, Bailey’s Irish Cream and raspberry sauce.

Alchemy definitely blends atmosphere and cuisine for a great dining experience. If you want to try something outside of the norm, I’m sure they have just the concoction for you.

1011 West 36th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211

1. “alchemy.” 2011.Web. 5 October 2011.


~ by T. Money on October 5, 2011.

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