Maple – An attempt to elevate American Comfort food by the same restaurant group that brought pancake house and other restaurant concepts. From pancakes and that high grade maple syrup to some ubiquitous breakfast staples and other comfort food fix that’ll probably strike your fancy.
This is their Pancake Tower, stuffed with cream cheese and blueberry pieces, the right combination of sweet and tart, then hit it with that awesome high grade maple syrup, all-day breakfast, comfort food bliss.
The restaurant’s menu is built on comfort food, with a lot of influences from various cuisines gives it some really interesting good eats. Started with a nice bowl of chili.
A mild bean, beef, and pork sausage chili soup served with our sour cream and scallions and a slice of freshly baked jalapeno corn bread.
Their chili was fairy simple a warm comforting broth of beans, beef and sausages, it had a nice hint of spice that’s not too overpowering. Then you hit it with the corn bread for some contrast and texture, the base of the bread’s spiked with jalapenos too so you’ll get that extra kick of spice with every bite.
Wheat or flour tortillas served with a blackened white fish fillet, Napa cabbage slaw. Pico de Gallo, queso fresco, and chipotle aioli.
Tender pieces of fish fillets coated with various herbs and spices that makes for a nice savory flavor with a nice tinge of spice. Then you hit the salsa and the light cheese that binds all the flavors and balances the taste of the well-seasoned fish.
We also tried this nice Mexican breakfast treat – Huevos Rancheros that’s a medley of tortillas, beans, grilled chicken and that sunny side up egg and all its rich yolk glory.
A classic Mexican breakfast made with torillas, refried beans, grilled chicken, and sunny side up egg, topped with cheese and ranchero sauce.
A mixture of different flavors and textures, their Huevos Rancheros was really interesting. Layers of tortillas, grilled chicken and all the other yummy stuff topped with a sunny side up egg. Took a bite and I love the combination of flavors and that nice hint of crunch from the tortilla bits.
Tapa, one of my favorite breakfast treats taken to new heights, gorgeous piece of prime rib marinated and cooked tapa style, meaty breakfast goodness.
A traditional Filipino breakfast favorite taken to new heights. A marinated prime rib served with garlic rice, two eggs prepared just the way you like, tomato-onion salsa and atchara.
This was certainly one of my favorites, succulent piece of prime rib prepared tapa style, it had this nice sweet flavor of that fantastic breakfast staple we all love. Served with garlic rice and eggs, damn good! You enjoy the meaty, succulent piece of meat with its nice sweet flavor and then you hit the eggs and the yolk bleeds out its golden yolk glory, truly an a great breakfast fix, this one’s a must-try.
A MAPLE signature topped with Canadian bacon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce served with country fries.
Another breakfast favorite, I tried their Eggs Benedict. Though the dish is supposed to be served with a nice puff pastry as its base, they run out of the said pastry base and had their signature freshly baked bread as base. Oh that food porn moment when you poke the poached eggs and all that egg yolk awesomeness oozes out. Took a bite and I love the bacon bits with its savory cured meat goodness and that creamy poached egg with all it’s buttery and tart flavor that balanced all the flavors together. The potatoes on the side was quite nice too.
Fresh Spaetzle pasta with our own Jambalaya sauce, topped with shrimps and Chilean Mussels.
Spaetzle – an egg noodle that has a nice soft and slightly chewy texture. Their Spaetzle Jambalaya was actually quite nice. It had a really nice tinge of spice that cuts out from the richness of the seafood bits. A dish with some fairly strong flavors that can be toned down with a little lemon.
Chicken Breast with a spicy cajun rub, grilled and served with creamed spinach, bacon, and dirty rice.
Chicken breast cooked well and tender, took a bite and I love the hint of spice from the cajun rub, it’s really flavorful and well seasoned. Served with some creamed spinach, bacon, and dirty rice. I really liked their dirty rice with liver bits and the crispy bacon bits, it makes for a nice combination of flavor that really went well with the well seasoned meat.
Rib eye steak grilled to your liking and served with red wine demiglace, a classic chimichurri sauce or a blue cheese herbed butter. Steaks are also served with herbed potatoes and hericot verts.
It’s hard to pass on their rib eye steak, USDA Angus Prime Grade? YES! Got mine prepared medium rare. Love the succulent piece of meat, gorgeous meat and fatty bits served with a variety of sauces. Though I prefer it without any sauce as it was well seasoned and really flavorful, I think it’s best paired with chimichurri or that demiglace sauce.
For our sweet endings we tried their Apple Pie, Bourbon Bread Pudding and Pancake Tower.
A light and butter pastry crust filled with Granny Smith and red Washington apples tossed in maple syrup, covered in a sweet and crunchy strusel topping served with vanilla ice cream.
Their apple pie was light and filled with these nice sweet apple pieces that’s coated with maple syrup then you hit the pastry bits that’s a bit flaky and that crumbly streusel topping that’s quite sweet, the pie is warm and you hit it with the vanilla ice cream and you get to enjoy this nice contrast in flavor and of warm and cold.
A traditional American favourite served with a bourbon creme anglaise or a la mode.
A very simple sweet tooth treat. Warm bread pudding coated with this sweet bourbon cream sauce. Soft, warm, and comforting, it can also be served a la mode and you get to enjoy it with a scoop of ice cream. Took a bite and I love the creamy sweet flavor and with the peach pieces, it’s really good.
A tower of 6 buttermilk pancakes with alternating layers of preserved blueberries and thick cream cheese topped with a blueberry campote.
They prepare their buttermilk pancakes like a souffle, this labor intensive and meticulous way of making the pancakes makes for a more soft and fluffy pancake. It’s really nice with a lot of cream cheese and blueberry stuffing and then topped with a warm campote, hit it with that high grade maple syrup and all its golden liquid and maple goodness and you’ll get breakfast bliss.
VERDICT: Maple’s attempt to elevate good American Comfort food is quite plausible. Tried some really good stuff that’s well prepared, and have some really interesting flavor and combinations.
VALUE FOR MONEY: Food items here are a bit pricey, but if you’re willing to splurge on some decent American Comfort Food fix, do give this place a try.
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