R is for Romantic
Corks · Pierpoint · Banjara · Ambassador Dining Room · Tersiguel's
A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou--what's more romantic than that? You'll have to supply your own "thou," but otherwise Corks (1026 S. Charles St.,  752-3810) has the bases covered (although for the loaf of bread we'll substitute an order of their best-in-town bread pudding), especially in the wine department--they don't call this place Corks for nothing. The cozy, well-appointed dining room is also conducive to pitching woo, especially when the enclosed rear deck is open for business.
Love is all about intimacy, and Fells Point's Pierpoint (1822 Aliceanna St.,  675-2080) has got intimacy in spades. The tiny (make reservations), deco-decorated space invites whispered confidences and tender nuzzles over smoked crab cakes and the other inspired twists on traditional Maryland cooking that have won chef Nancy Longo national acclaim. Of course, love is also about sweet indulgence, which is certainly what's involved in sampling the rich, made-on-the-premises occupants of Pierpoint's dessert tray.
In our book, candlelight is the number one mood-setting device for romance. Mainly because it improves your looks, see? Well, in addition to the delightful Indian cuisine and about a kabillion different kinds of bread, Banjara (1017 S. Charles St.,  752-1895) is all about some mesmerizing, mood-setting candlelight at the table, twinkly little stars in a dim, intimate firmament.
The Ambassador Dining Room (3811 Canterbury Road,  366-1484) advertises its fare as "royal Indian cuisine." We're not sure what that means (although the shimla mirch, vegetable-stuffed peppers in a rich cream sauce, makes for some regal eating), but you'll feel quite royal in this Roland Park restaurant's gorgeous dining room, a large, moodily lit space done up like the mansion of some British Raj governor-general. For a truly kingly experience, try to get one of the smaller tables with their thronelike overstuffed chairs, or (weather permitting) dine fountainside under the stars in the Ambassador's pretty courtyard.
Sure, many people consider the French annoying, but few would deny they know a little something 'bout this thing called love. Maybe that's why Tersiguel's (8293 Main St., Ellicott City,  465-4004) seems so perfect for a romantic tête-à-tête. This 19th-century rowhouse oozes charm, as does owner Fernand Tersiguel as he ushers you and yours to a cozy, candlelit table for two, where a waiter will discourse knowledgeably about the restaurant's wine selection and bring you French country food par excellence--perhaps some of the house-smoked salmon to start, followed by coquille St. Jacques, or maybe a chateaubriand a deux. L'amour, toujours l'amour.
812 Park Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201