Maple Grill – It’s Different, It’s Good, It’s Tasty
By George Froehlich
Kosher restaurants and food.
The choice and selection is Vancouver is far and few between.
For the most part restaurants that offer Kosher food offer the tried and true.
Venturing into the fine cuisine arena has been unheard of.
Finally, Vancouver has its own Kosher restaurant that goes beyond the tried and true.
Maple Grill on West Broadway in Vancouver offers Kosher food that is fine dining.
And the city’s Jewish population is responding and responding in droves.
Two days after opening its doors – a few weeks ago – Maple Grill was filled to the rafters.
And it was only six o’clock.
Kosher food is prepared under strict conditions, an on-site rabbi ensuring that century old laws and traditions are adhered to.
Our Matzo ball soup, a traditional Jewish dish, was rich and satisfying – the broth lightly seasoned, allowing the taste of the chicken to really shine.
The Matzo balls, dumplings, heavy and dense, a woodsy taste, worked perfectly well with the broth, full of fresh sweet carrot slices and dill. Heavenly.
A turkey schnitzel, breaded and pan seared, topped with bitter pea shoots, tossed in a herbaceous vinaigrette, with toasted pine nuts, was simple but so good.
For main dishes you can choose from an assortment of eight sides, picking any two, and asking for second and third helpings if you want.
Roasted rosemary potatoes and an Israeli salad. As our server explained an Israeli salad is a version of a Greek salad, minus the cheese, sauteed lightly.
Superb all around.
Desert was a house-made vanilla soy ice cream – an outstanding creamy concoction, much lower in calories than traditional ice cream and something we never have tasted before.
Maple Grill – food with a unique touch and so good.