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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Maple Shangri-la: A Second Time

Early last month, we spotted Maple as an intriguing and new restaurant, and took the risk of trying it out. We enjoyed it so much that when two of my high school friends were looking for a place to celebrate their birthdays, I immediately recommended Maple.


I got to the venue early knowing that the place has become quite popular. Up to this day, reservations aren't allowed during weekends. I was there from 11:45am to around 2:30pm, and there wasn't a moment when the restaurant had empty seats lying around!

To keep me busy while waiting, I started with soup and a shake.

Served with a warm, toasted baguette, the Clam Chowder was rich and thick, with huge chunks of clams and bacon. It was so heavy that I left half of it to share with the rest.
New England Clam Chowder [Php 250]
Chunkiness!

To wash down the thick soup, I had this refreshing Mango Banana Shake as recommended by the manager. 

When the girls finally came, we ordered a series of food that started easy and quickly turned heavy. 

The first dish served was this plateful of Drippin' Baby Back Ribs. I got this highly recommended dish in advance since it takes a whole 20 minutes to prepare. The meat was tender and falling off the bone, slow roasted to perfection. 
Drippin' Baby Back Ribs [Php 850]
We ordered for a Maple House Salad to start. I wasn't able to take a photo of the dish as a whole since everyone started digging once served. We later found out that all the toppings were placed at the bottom of the plate -- the reason why it looked so different from the menu. The dressing was the winner to this starter, that we had to request for another serving of it. It just wasn't enough for the hefty tower of greens!
Maple House Salad [Php 375]
We also had an order of the Maple Club Sandwich. It had four tall quarters of a sandwich that had lettuce, grilled chicken, cheese, maple glazed bacon, tomatoes, scrambled egg and ham. 
Maple Club [Php 410]
Check out the thickness! It was definitely an adventure for the taste buds. (The photo is showing what's left of the four original pieces served)

To add more carbs to the table, we tried out Pasta Leggero, described to be a light dish of farfalle pasta tossed with sundried tomato pesto, cherry tomatoes and asparagus. I loved this dish a lot and would have been able to finish a plateful easily.
Pasta Leggero [Php 330]
This order of Chili Fries would have been perfect if it was served earlier. What we appreciated was how tasty and crispy the fries were considering the heavy dose of toppings it had. Slightly spicy and very flavourful, it would have been a great appetizer.
Chili Fries [Php 225]
This was something I wish we'd skipped: The Fish Tacos. We were quite full when this was served, so all we did was to fork the fish and try it out unwrapped. I found the fish a little too salty, while one of us mentioned that it had an unpleasant aftertaste. 
Fish Tacos [Php 450]
As highlight to the entire meal, we shared a tower of Blueberry and Cream Cheese Pancakes. I was surprised how my belly openly welcomed this dessert, considering how full I already was. Fluffy and creamy, the cream cheese / butter combo made this truly unforgettable.
Blueberry and Cream Cheese Pancake Tower [Php 450]
Birthday girls with their mini versions. Happy birthday pretty ladies!

The girls and missing four others. 

Maple
Shangri-la Plaza Mall
LG/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall, East Wing, Shaw Blvd cor EDSA
Wack Wack, Mandaluyong
+63 (2) 477.8027
+63 (0923) 725.6283

San Antonio Plaza
2/F San Antonio Plaza Arcade, 50 Mckinley Rd
Forbes Park - North, Makati
+63 (02) 621.6211

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