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Maple Avenue Restaurant, Vienna


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Maple Avenue Restaurant, Vienna

dpan | Jun 20, 2010 04:25 PM

I wonder why there hasn't yet been any CH mention of this restaurant in Vienna. Chef Tim Ma opened this place in the old Anita's on Maple Avenue in downtown Vienna. He's a former engineer who wanted to pursue his passion for food. After attending the French Culinary Institute, and time with David Chang's Momofuku Ko and a stint in the USVI, he returned to open this place in March 2009.

I finally had my chance last night with wife and friends. The menu is small, but varied and interesting. Had a round of appetizers including the One Two Three Shrimp, Tuna Tartare, Fried Tofu and steamed mussels. I had the bulgogi for main entree. Wife had the grilled ponzu fish. Everything was very good. The dessert menu was a highlight of the meal. My Yazu Lime Pie was excellent, as was the chocolate dumplings.

The restaurant's main dining room is small, at most it seats about 20 people. There's a small patio area in the back that can seat about 10 more people.

I wish we had places like this closer to home, but it's worth driving a bit to go to interesting restaurants like Maple Avenue Restaurant.

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