How to prevent table cell resize in mPDF and PHP?

Case: I want to create a table using mPDF. Currently, it comes out as follows:

What I need is fixed table cell height (or row height). Every cell needs to be the same height as the image (250px). I want redundant text to get hidden by ellipsis.

My HTML is as follows:

<table class='table table-bordered'>
  <tbody>
    <tr>
      <td>
        <img src="images/150x250.png">
      </td>
      <td class="small text no-wrap border-right desc">
        <span class="bold">Details</span><br />
        <div class="description">%ex-desc% %ex-desc% %ex-desc% %ex-desc% %ex-desc% %ex-desc% %ex-desc%</div>
      </td>
      <td class="small text border-right">
        <span class="bold">Materialen</span><br />
        <div class="description">%ex-desc%</div>
      </td>
      <td class="small text">
        <span class="bold">Aandachtspunten</span><br />
        <div class="description">%ex-desc%</div>
      </td>
    </tr>
  </tbody>
</table>

And this is the CSS for <div class=’description’>:

div.description {
    position: absolute;
    left: 0;
    right: 0;
    height: 150px;
    white-space: nowrap;
    overflow: hidden;
    text-overflow: ellipsis;
}

I tried applying this part on the table cell (<td class=’desc’>) instead, but then I got this:

Question: how do I get this the way I need it to be?