Yeehaw, happy tummies! It’s February, the month of love! You might want surprising your love ones with something extraordinary and yet all that you have in mind are the usual Valentine’s Day stuffs– chocolates, balloons, or a bouquet of stargazers. Hmmm, try this. Throw your love ones a big blowout to a single-ingredient themed restaurant and sing your heart out to the tune of and then there’s Maude.
Maude is a 25- seat restaurant that may be spotted along Beverly Hills. It is run by no other than its culinary heartthrob owner Aussie Chef Curtis Stone who appears on televisions shows. Each month, the owner picks a seasonal ingredient to be included on the month’s menu.
Maude’s exterior, interior and February 2015 menu
I had my first in Maude last July 2015. It took me hours on the telephone before I finally got a reservation. But after my Maude’s chilli experience, I can say that all the sweat paid off.
I started the hot adventure with a half chili filled with a crunchy surprise inside. There was a wave of mild heat that passed through my tracts that I did not have time to find out what the crunchy stuff was.
Since Maude offers a nine-course meal, my meal came with an appetizer. I really feel so lucky that I met Maude at the time seafood’s werethe star of the table. But I was not so sure whether I was amazed or surprised by the appetizer served…my favorite oystersoaked in cold chili oil and sweet granita tart.The spicy and the sweet tastes blended perfectly that I could help finishing the course in a matter of minutes. Table manners? Oh, there’s always time when we have to loosen the rein.
Salsa for the salad. I love the crispiness and freshness of the nicely cut vegetables with the dominating essenceof cucumber that meets with equal taste the red chillis strewed over the top. The preparation and the taste are so perfect.
For the main entrée, I chose to be safe. I did not ask for the best seller, I asked for my favorite – a better version of Huevos Rancheros. There were the egg, potatoes, greens, creamy sauce and, of course, the spicy cheese. And I can still remember that upon licking my fingers and plate clean, I could not help but…BURP.
On your visit, I suggest you try the hiramasa fish served with watermelon, tomatoes and scallions bathed with a mixture of watermelon and pepper water. It is in this course where the chef makes a playful blend of something sweet, sour and salty.
For the meat course, the table was provisioned with pork that was so tender and perfectly done. It was served with the more healthy pieces of beans, tomatillo verde, a little of corn bread which enriched the salty-sweet flavor and aportion of corn crème fraiche.
The soup and cheese courses were, too, special but not too impressive. They were just like passing interlude to give way to the ninth course which included chicken and chanterelles. I was so excited much about the mushroom.
And of course, the nine-course meal would not be complete without the chocolates as dessert.
Anyway, I could not end this without a note of how heavenly the lemongrass and mango ice cream and creamy melon tasted. This is something you should not miss. If you intend indeed to make your love ones’ day big, these treats are a must.
For Maude’s food, service and the heartthrob chef, here’s my two thumbs!