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Ar�mes is a French and American fusion restaurant that offers gourmet farm-to-table cuisine. The chef was born and raised in France and brings traditional French tastes and techniques to the ingredients of local produce and meats in Baltimore. The menu at Ar�mes changes weekly to accommodate for available ingredients.
Guests of Ar�mes can often enjoy white truffle churros, rock fish and mussels in fish broth with broccoli greens, slow-cooked pork shank with apple butter and chocolate mousse with almond macaron and amakaze sorbet. The menu at Ar�mes is always a prix fixe affair that allows guests to simply relax and enjoy their meal without the need to ponder an extensive menu.
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday & Monday: closed
Aromes was my favorite restaurant in Baltimore, it pushed boundaries and offered a new dining experience to the city. It will be missed.
Very bummed we did not get to this restaurant sooner and that it will be closing soon
I went for a special anniversary. They printed a special menu for us. It's a very small restaurant. The food was delightful and what I consider a perfect meal -filling but not gluttonous, flavorful -but balanced and not all over the place, and attention to detail
Aromes may not be in Hampden after December, They will be moving to Calvert and Redwood Street by the theater downtown. Very creative, 6 course tasting menu only $65. Local purveyors. I remember smoked hay and trout roe with the best potato I ever experienced. The sauces were amazing. Baltimore is lucky to have such a creative New American/French restaurant in the manner of Volt in Frederick.
here is the menu for this week:
Roasted Squash en brioche, date paste, sour squash dressing
Bintge potato, smoked hay cream, lovage oil, trout roe
Lobster mushroom dumpling, spiced corn broth
Black Bass, lima beans, pistachio dressing, green tomato buerre blanc
Beef culotte, salted baked celeriac, peanut satay sauce
Concord grape tart
Best food in Baltimore. The duck dish was world class.
Aromes was a wonderful dining experience. The multi-course dinner menu was exceptionally fine food, sourced locally and presented in a unpretentious manner. The combination of flavors was original and very creative. And at $65 a person, it was realistically priced. It was really refreshing to eat such a good meal from a kitchen that obviously has a passion for food. We will definitely be back!
We've dined at Aromes several times and I'm constantly impressed for the creativity and quality of the food. We had a six course meal for $65.00 per person which is a steal! Each course was simple yet phenomenal and interesting. One of our favorites was a hay smoked new potatoes in a parsley broth. We had a restrain ourselves from licking our bowls clean!
Aromes offers extraordinarily well prepared dishes in a tasting menu. The smoked salmon (not lox!) and duck breast are both outstanding, and the combinations of seasonal fruits and vegetables are not to be missed.
A 2-hour meal is too long when most of the time consists of waiting between dishes however delicious and when the noice level prevents conversation.
This was our second meal at Aromes, our first since the switch from the previous tasting menu. While the offerings now follow a somewhat more traditional French menu than the original Aromes concept, each dish was still prepared with a twist that made it fresh and novel, and everything tasted wonderful. An example: a dark chocolate mousse cake with homemade wasabi ice cream on the side--a novel combination of sweet and spicy that worked really well. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable and we enjoyed learning about how each dish was prepared. If you are looking for a large variety of selections and portions big enough for leftovers, Aromes is not that kind of a restaurant. But if you want a delicious meal that takes traditional dishes to a new level with unique and sometimes exotic ingredients, flavors, combinations and preparations, Aromes is one of the best places in Baltimore to get that experience.
An excellent evening of locally produced food and a changing menu. We enjoyed excellent french cuisine (duck with honey glaze, steak and frites), brought a bottle or two, and fresh desserts including a chocolate tart and rhubarb sorbet. A quiet evening with conversation and stories from one of the owners. Would visit again!
The food was excellent! The chef put together some creative combinations that were amazing. The service and knowledge of the menu by the staff was top notch. I would definitely go back. Ano also able to BYOB.
Expert cooking and a excellent food. Pleasant venue in Hamden; service was friendly and efficient too. Our only disappointment: The portions were tiny, really tiny (half a dozen or so fries with the steak frites, really?) and no bread...come on, this is a French restaurant!
Aromes has by far the most creative menu I've eaten in Baltimore. While eating the tasting menu I felt like I had been transported to Saint Helena, in the best sense of a fine dining experience. There were several times during my meal that I actually giggled because the food was so good there were no words to describe how delicious each bite was. In other words, ridiculously amazing food.
Rarely do the descriptors "creative 6-course tasting menu," "unpretentious," "reasonably priced," and "casual, inviting atmosphere" work together to account for a dining experience. However, this was the case for our trip to Aromes, a small 26 seat French-American farm to table concept, with all ingredients sourced locally in Maryland.
The menus change near-weekly, with seasonal offerings varying based on available produce Rarely do the descriptors "creative 6-course tasting menu," "unpretentious," "reasonably priced," and "casual, inviting atmosphere" work together to account for a dining experience. However, this was the case for our trip to Aromes, a small 26 seat French-American farm to table concept, with all ingredients sourced locally in Maryland.
The menus change near-weekly, with seasonal offerings varying based on available produce and market availability. The limited, though not limiting, menu is presented with fixed-price items as a 3 or 6 course option. For pickier, less adventurous clientele, Chef Steve Monnier will personally attempt to accommodate individual preferences.
Our winter-themed menu started with slow roasted beets and a Foie Gras powder. Other smaller plates included a potato doughnut with sea urchin and a root vegetable tart. Larger entrees included salt baked black sea bass and a seared duck breast with grilled red cabbage. The meal concluded with rice pudding topped with candied vegetables. Overall, our supper deliciously mixed comfortable, familiar flavors with an unexpected twist in each course. We left with an eager commitment to return in the Spring to sample the next round the chef's culinary creativity.
started with really awful time finding parking and went downhill from there.
The food here is amazing and extremely creative, each course when taken as a whole is like different movements of a symphony. However what really took away from our meal, is that our server stunk. I don't mean his Actual skills as a server, he was excellent in that respect, he just literally stunk. It was overpowering their staff really needs to wear better deodorant because it makes their delicious food somewhat unappetizing. Other than that it was great. We would have liked a head's up on the BYOB aspect as well.
The chef/owner is an amazing cook. He thinks outside the box & creates unique dishes that taste delicious. Presentation is beautiful too. The chef is very accommodating & tries to to please all. My daughter is a very picky eater & he made her a few different dishes that were not on the menu. I definitely would highly recommend Aromes Restaurant.
We have eaten at approximately 20 restaurants rated in Baltimore Magazines rankings of the Top 50 Restaurants and without a doubt Aromes, a French-American, BYOB restaurant located in a small row home in Hampden, deserves the highest praise. They have excellent ambiance, service and cuisine. There is only seating for 28 guests so they stagger the reservations to ensure that everyone gets personal attention in this quiet, trendy restaurant. We felt like we had hired a personal chef and wait staff to cater a private meal for us in their homey environment. On the weekend they offer a 6 course prix-fixe menu for $65 or you may choose any 3 items off of the menu for $45. We chose the 6 course prix fixe menu which changes every week depending on the season and what fresh local ingredients are available. The imaginative flavor combinations and artistic presentation of each delicious course built on each other to create a meal that tantalized our tastebuds to the very end. I highly recommend Aromes.
Lovely place, great tasting menu but make sure you check it before you come that evening. BYOB too. Pricey but great for special events.
Each dish was a work of art with delicious delicate favors. It is a dinning experience for those who have a refine pallet.
My husband and I came here to celebrate our anniversary on a Tuesday night. Of the 6 courses, 3 were really spectacular and the other 3 were very tasty; so all in all, a fantastic meal. The laid back atmosphere lets you enjoy yourself without feeling too stuffy, and lets the food really shine. BYOB makes it a great option to have a special meal without breaking the bank on drinks.
Fantastic 6 course meal with perfectly sized portions, interesting, unique, tasty flavors and a delightful atmosphere. Server was fully engaged, informative and fun. We had a delightful evening.
I don't review many restaurants, but this place needs to get the props it deserves. They are doing something you can't get anywhere else in Baltimore. The food rivals the best I've had. The team is friendly and knowledgeable and very clearly care about creating great food. Go here if you want to try something you've never had before that will taste amazing.
As a foodie I am always excited to try new restaurants, so I was very excited to try Aromes. Unfortunately my excitement was vanished to not long after I got to the restaurant. Me and my girlfriend arrived for our 8:30 reservation on time. When we walked in there was nobody at the door or in the dining area to help us, so we stand confused for a few minutes before we got some help. We realize the cause of the delay immediately; there was only one guy who was working as Host/ waiter/ busser. In a restaurant where you expected to pay more than average you would expect better staffing and well trained employee. Our server/ everything seems really nice guy, but has very little knowledge of the food or dining experience ( one time he had to go to back and ask the chef what was on the dish). Aromes seems like a restaurant really trying to serve creative dishes and I have to admit the food was really good, However they seems to forget delivery is also a very important part of dining. Even though I was relay disappointed with the service I still tip our server more than 20%. I am also not hear to attack him personally there is noting wrong with not knowing or being new. I just want to make sure others who come after me get a better service.
Excellent fine dining experience in a casual but elegant atmosphere. - highly recommended.
I had my birthday dinner here. The food, the environment, and the service are fantastic. Environment: Delicate decoration with an intimate feeling. Service: They tried their best to provide veggie food for my friend. They provided me a special dessert with a candle. I also really appreciate the waiter's great service. Food: The chef made food with a real finesse. The steak was the best I've ever had in my life. We all enjoyed it very much. The dessert: the lemon verbana icecream + yellow peach + caramel. We all agreed that it was a masterpiece. Strongly recommend!
Spend the weekend in Baltimore and wanted to check out the dining scene .
Upon entering we noticed lots of wine bottles on the tables...Score! This is BYOB at its finest.
They even provided Reidel stemware.
The restaurant is small so reservations are recommended. Simply in decor with amazing artwork.
The food was artful and delicious and the service was attentive.
Now all I need is for Aromes to open in DC
Great quality food in a simple, neighborhood setting. The set menu is creative and very tasty. Some of the dishes -- especially the John Dorry with sweet corn, licorice and olive and the winter squash with fig leaf and curry -- were truly outstanding. Service is excellent, personal yet professional. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening.
The ambiance was a little on the noisy side once the restaurant filled up. The courses came at a relaxed but steady pace, and the dishes were interesting. Some were excellent, some were just okay. We got a complementary dessert as an extra course since it was our anniversary. =)
We enjoyed! I don't know that we'd fight our way to Baltimore and deal w/street parking to go here frequently, but it was nice to celebrate our anniversary here.
My husband and I visited for our anniversary. He loves the Netflix show, Chef's Table, and I really wanted to find a spot with cuisine that could compete with the dishes featured on the show. Aromes did not disappoint! We were floored by the incredible flavor combinations the chef invented.
4 of us went on a recent to Aromes on a Tuesday night. The food was exquisite the noise level unbearable. It was difficult for us to hear across our table. The restaurant is situated in an old townhouse with brick walls and low ceilings and wood floors so there is nothing to buffer conversation. We would like to return for the outstanding food but not sure how to handle the noise.
After reading many contradictory to each other reviews we've decided to give this place a try with restaurant week menu advertised on Baltimore RW site. When we confirmed our Saturday reservation we even asked about RW menu choices talking on the phone with them, and they DID NOT mentioned that RW menu is not available on Saturday, neither any of the websites we checked on line before and after dinner. At the time of the visit we were informed that it's not available on Saturday.
This was the first sign that made the start of the dinner not as pleasant as we've anticipated.
But what the hack we thought, if the food will be great we don't mind to pay more, and to have a full impression about this place we ordered $65 menu for both of us. Now we know that it was a BIG mistake.
a) FOOD: mediocre/bland/flavorless/"trying"to be creative and unusual, but failing in any aspect of it and totally weird. It felt like somebody amateur would try to invent some new perception of tastes but fails in doing so. From all 6 courses NONE was even close to the word "delicious". If you are enjoying funky and weird tasting food you might like it, if not doesn't make sense to spend money here.
b) SERVICE: nice, but not professional at all and if to take in consideration the absence of the RW menu which supposed to be there - dishonest.
c) AMBIANCE: hipster and kind of reminded us Chinese restaurants where supplies are stored right in the corner of the dining room in a full view of the patrons, not cozy or inviting. But if you ever been to Hampton I guess it's kind of "fitting" to the area.
d) VALUE: TOTALLY overpriced for the experience received.
Needless to say we are siding with the negative reviews and not coming back.
Aromes is a wonderful restaurant, with an intelligent and unusual menu, imaginative ingredients and use of herbs and flavorings. We don't understand why it hasn't become one of the best known restaurants in town.
Food was innovative and well prepared, may have been a bit on the small side. Restaurant was extremely noisy--bare brick walls, etc.
Aromes has yet to disappoint. Most dishes are great, some other-worldly good. Even the occasional miss, misses because the chef was adventurous and tried something new and different. The waits staff (of one plus an occasional delivery from one of the guys in the kitchen) was attentive and well-informed about the food.
I had the three course meal and my husband had the 6 course meal and everything was perfect. The beet selection was exotic and delightful. The beef was cooked to perfection and juicy. My monkfish was seared to perfection and juicy . Veggie provencal made us thing we were back in province. We were provided a complimentary dessert ( freshly made macroons) which was top notch. Our server was pleasant , personable and knowledgeable. Restaurant week is next week, so we have decided to go back. What a lovely, delicious anniversary dinner!!!!!
One of the most unique, delicious, and amazing experiences in all of Baltimore. Just be prepared, for something unique, this is not traditional fare.
Expensive, limited menu, and not outstanding. I would not go back for a meal.