I attended a media-event at the historic Maple Leaf Tavern and was blown away by their exceptional vegetarian dishes. Known for their steaks, unique game meat dishes and family style Sunday dining, Maple Leaf Tavern is now serving stand-alone veggie dishes guaranteed to impress you.
The glazed carrots were my favourite dish of the night! The roasted cumin seeds and parsley yoghurt added a unique flavour to the already delectable carrots.
A unique vegetarian appetizer I enjoyed more than I expected to was the “Corn Dog”. Fresh baby corn is fried in corndog batter and served with corn pudding, huitlacoche (corn truffle) and corn nuts. Corn truffle is a rare delicacy harvested from an edible fungus that occasionally grows on corn; it has an earthy and smoky flavour.
Their veggie burger is an exact replica of Maple Leaf Tavern’s famous burger except with a completely vegetarian patty. The veggie patty features mushrooms, red lentils, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, onion, garlic, celery and fresh herbs. It’s packed with superfoods and is as delicious as it is nutritious.
I would order the grilled broccoli as a side to any of the mains. The broccoli is charred on Maple Leaf Tavern’s wood burning grill, tossed in a sweet and sour bbq sauce and topped with onion crumble and chopped roasted peanuts.
I tried Burrata for the first time and was pleasantly surprised by how addictive the mild soft buffalo cheese dish was, I couldn’t get enough. It’s served with a seasonal garnish and dressed at your table with Baco Noir balsamic vinegar and cold pressed canola oil. It’s the perfect starter to share with friends.
Careful thought is put into crafting unique dishes with complex flavour profiles at Maple Leaf Tavern. Currently on their Game Menu is “Elk Shank Pie”, cooked overnight in red wine and aromatics it’s reformed around the bone, wrapped in an elk and blueberry sausage and then covered in a savoury pie dough and baked to perfection. Table-side, the bone marrow is mixed with hot mustard, herbs, shallot, and dry sherry. The sauces and delicious pie crust help balance the robust flavour of the elk shank. Even still, I wouldn’t be able to finish this main by myself as it is rich and very filling.
Don’t forget to save room for a cocktail and dessert! The Cup O’Punch was so aromatic I couldn’t wait to try it after watching it be prepared. It smelled like Christmas, when my family does a lot of baking with cinnamon and orange.
To finish off your meal I suggest the Almond Cake, a cream cheese mousse cake featuring an almond crust and seasonal fruit. It’s topped with and airy almond crumble.
I was impressed by the creativity displayed in the dishes at Maple Leaf Tavern. It’s anything but your traditional steak house. The atmosphere was elegant and romantic, with wood finishings and candlelight. They’re also a family friendly establishment and have a great sounding children’s menu. I’m excited to return with the whole family. It’ll definitely be tough to decide what to order with so many enticing options!