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Maple Drive (review)

Dan | Aug 31, 2004 02:36 AM

Went with the wife to Maple Drive on Saturday night. Haven't been since E. Klein took over as chef. Ever since the LA Times review and Food and Wine named him one of the top new chefs, we've wanted to go. Just didn't get around to it.

Restaurant is modern and airy inside. Place was packed. We were seated in a private booth area. Service was excellent. We were served hot rolls immediately. Our waitress was genuinely into the food and gave several recommendations. The menu is totally revamped from the restaurant's old days but they still have the meat loaf.

I started with a soup "chicken in a pot" and my wife had the chopped salad with prosciutti, provolone, beans, lettuce, etc. The soup was terrific and enormous. Tasty broth. The salad was also superb with a nice contrast between the salty meats, tangy dressing, and bitter lettuce.

For our main courses, I had duck breast; she had the bass. Both were excellent while the duck was the better of the two. It was a nicely sliced, perfectly cooked duck breast, over a corn mash, with mushrooms, cherry, and other veggies. Amazing contrasts and the corn mash was delicious. Over top was a fois gras spring roll. Incredibly rich but very good. Her fish was in a broth over a potato cake. Light sauce but a rich fish. Again - great contrasts.

For dessert, we split a chocolate lava cake - molten inside and very chocolatey AND a strawberry shortcake adorned with fresh berries over a homemade shortcake.

With wine, tax and tip - we spent about $150.

There were many other interesting things on the menu, several flat bread pizza-type items, loup de mer, sweetbreads, and more.

We will certainly be going back.

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