Today is: Friday, December 15, 2017
Maple Drive Restaurant Review
Maple Drive is a true outstanding restaurant! The Ambiance, service, food and hospitality
all top notch. I would describe it as a Contemporary American restaurant secluded
on a quiet street in Beverly Hills. It gets a 40’s something crowd during the day,
and more of a mix at night when a jazz trio plays great songs, while you dine and
enjoy the great ambiance.
Ask for the fabulous Chef Vincent Manna for a tour of the kitchen you will
with the great menu and his fabulous staff.
The Friendly Kitchen Staff
Chef Vincent Manna
If you are not looking to commit to just one entree but instead you want to dabble
in a few dishes, you should head to Maple Drive; you can choose from a sizable menu
of small plate selections where there is most definitely something to satisfy your
every craving. Upon entering Maple Drive, where the artwork and walls are - what
else - Maple Drive, you are greeted by an amiable staff and tended to by a knowledgeable
server who lets you create your own casual dining experience. To share or not to
share, that is the only question.
Our server Kelly
Zen Master Specialty Drink
Maple Drive’s medium-sized dining room is outlined with inviting banquette seating
and there is a large cozy bar in the front, with a large variety of drinks. The
Zen Master is prepared with sky mellon vodka, green tea liquor and fresh lime,
The restaurant and bar area are perfect locations to peruse the substantial wine
list, on which many selections are available by the glass or in flights. Once seated,
warm sourdough is served. Not fussy, it’s all about the food. As the meal continues,
I realize, this is a good vibe for a weekday get together, or a date, or even a
meal for one.
Maple Drive’s menu lists several popular options, including great pizzas, but one
the most noteworthy is the Wild Arugula and Endive salad; comice pears, candied
walnuts, grapes, Roquefort on a honey mustard vinaigrette dressing. This is a whole
new way to experience salad and it whets my appetite for the next small plate.
Wild Arugula and Endive salad Coconut
Crusted Tempura Scallops
Without delay, a delicate presentation of Coconut Crusted Tempura Scallops
at the table. The scallops are accompanied by an Asian cabbage slaw,
mango jicama and orange chili aioli. This is a great choice, the coconut sits atop
the scallops and brings all the flavors and textures of the dish together. Simply
Japanese Hamachi Sashimi
Prawns Scampi were the evening’s special feature, will mostly likely be phased into
the seasonal summer menu. Chef Manna uses herbs and spices like a signature on each
dish, and here it is a sprinkling of fresh thyme. The server intuitively paired
the Chalone Pinot Blanc and it was a great match for these starters. Its fruitiness,
in the form of blackberry and cherry, complemented the meat and thyme nicely.
Wild Striped Bass
In a continuation of the decadence, a bubbling little crock of Maple Drive’s
signature Japanese Hamachi Sashimi, spicy roll with avocado, cucumber
dijon salad, yuzu
ponzu on a wasabi aioli, I must say, it was an exciting moment.
Once you eat this,
you will want it again.
Colorado Rack of Lamb
Feeling very satisfied so far, we start thinking about main course, our server suggested
that we should try the Olive Oil Poached Wild Striped Bass ; roasted eggplant puree,
ratatouille vegetables on a white wine fennel basil nage, this is a very light fish
with a good texture and very tender. Great choice, then we also tasted the amazing
Colorado Rack of Lamb, a ragout of flageolet, cranberry and white bean, heirloom
tomato confit, shepherds pie, which as simply the best, on a rosemanry red wine
Chocolate bread pudding with crème Anglaise
For dessert, we had a surprise prepared by the Chef Manna, a chocolate bread pudding
with crème anglaise served with whipped cream, well done interpretations of both
classic desserts and a fine finish to the Maple Drive experience. As something new,
Maple Drive was just purchased by Patina's Joaquin Splichal, a renowned California
chef, which I heard will also bring new exciting menu to the restaurant. Put simply,
just as Chef Vincent Manna would prefer, Maple Drive is a keeper!
For map and location click Here!
For more information please visit their website at www.mapledriverestaurant.com
Article By: Mary Adams
Photos By: Chris Marx
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