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Maple Restaurant, Halifax

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Maple Restaurant, Halifax

Chili | Jun 18, 2001 05:05 PM

I just got back from a few days in Halifax and had a very memorable meal at Maple Restaurant. The chef is Michael Smith ("The Inn Chef" from TV). It is located in downtown and is spread out over 4 floors. Each floor is quite small, seating maybe 20 people, making it feel quite homey. The service is very polite and sincerely friendly, right from the hostess to the waiters. The menu stresses Canadian ingredients.
The amuse bouche was a generous dollop of smoked salmon mousse with an apple crisp (I think), served in an Oriental soup spoon. It was excellent. My first course was lobster ravioli and it was really superb. For my main course, grilled beef tenderloin with oxtail gravy. Again, excellent. The highlight was dessert, however. This was surprising, because I was actually expecting a bit of a let down. I had a creme brulee with three separate fruit compotes. The best creme brulee I've had in North America, and second only to one I had at Lucas-Carton in Paris.
Overall, it was a excellent restaurant with great attention to detail. I regret that I was not more adventurous with my menu selection. Although what I described sounds pretty standard, there were other, more unusual choices, as well. Also, the chef was very visible in the open kitchen (he's hard to miss since he must be at least 6'4''). Apparently, he frequently makes the rounds at the tables, but not on the night I was there. The prices were almost on par with the top Toronto restaurants (appetizers $10-18, mains $25-35). I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone in the area..it is definitely worth a trip. Reservations for dinner are strongly recommended....

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