New Eats Come to Harbor East
Harbor East never slows down. Last week, PABU (725 Aliceanna St.,  223-1460, michaelmina.net/restaurants/locations/pabu.php), the latest restaurant associated with the Four Seasons Hotel, opened its doors to the public. Next week, look for the opening of Townhouse Kitchen & Bar (1350 Lancaster St.,  268-0323, townhousebaltimore.com) on May 24, 2012.
Another venture from Michael Mina (who also opened Wit & Wisdom in the Four Seasons), this time with partner Ken Tominaga, PABU features Izakaya-style dining (think of it as a Japanese version of tapas) and a menu that includes sushi and sashimi, noodle and rice dishes, and grilled items from an exposed robata grill. It’s also the only restaurant in town with its own Master Sake Sommelier.
Townhouse Kitchen & Bar offers a much more familiar menu of burgers, salads, mac’n’cheese, touted as “American fare,” aka comfort food, but not do be outdone in the alcohol department, the restaurant will have 40 local beers on tap and will introduce “table tap technology.” Yes, according to the press release, four tables will come complete with their own tap system, a dangerous invention if there ever was one.