Monday, September 5, 2011

Stuck on The Maple Tree Restaurant and Steakhouse...

When your taste buds arouse you for the flavors of Latin America, instead of booking a flight and taking time off, follow the road that leads to an exciting culinary adventure just minutes away.

25 kilometers north of Winnipeg on Highway #9, you will find a timber building, lying directly on the border of Selkirk, Manitoba that The Maple Tree Restaurant and Steakhouse calls home. 

Inside, the Victorian style chairs, clean pressed white table cloths and flatware-being meticulously set, hint to the caliber of an experience you are about to receive, all in the house of a friend.

No need to bring your suit and tie to dine in this four and a half star fine dining establishment. Guests are encouraged to dress comfortably to experience Chef Dario’s Nuevo Latino all inclusive five course menu at a modest $35.

Chef Dario’s idea behind his first restaurant, CafĂ© Dario, was to be able to provide the flavors of his youth in Colombia combined with the market of North America to deliver the refined taste of fine dining at a low cost. He has now brought this concept to the Interlake.

The idea behind fine dining, and one that this distinctive menu provides, is to stimulate the appetite of the guest before the meal is consumed. “Presentation is second to none. If you get the attention of the guest before they eat, you’re 50% there,” says Chef Dario.

Aside from flavor, value, and presentation, there is also an ecological aspect that goes into the creation of the many imaginative menu items. The focus on featuring items that include the whole animal is a detail that kitchen considers carefully when preparing. “Yes, we have filet; but filet is just one part of the animal,” says Chef Dario. 

Other items that rotate on and off the menu when availability is abundant is elk ossobucco, paupiettes of venison, wild boar feijoda and turkey Cuba libre-style, to name a few.

A signature menu item of the pastoral restaurant is the pepper crusted rack of lamb accompanied with a chocolate Kahlua espresso reduction. The dish is typically prepared medium rare.

The Maple Tree Restaurant and Steakhouse continues to deepen it roots in the up and coming progressive town of Selkirk, Manitoba. A town that has embraced the fine-dining concept that Chef Dario has trail blazed. The establishment is excited to continue to be able to offer its community an affordable culinary adventure in a rustic atmosphere.

Maple Tree Dinner Menu

On your next way through the gateway to the Interlake, stop by The Maple Tree Restaurant and Steakhouse and let your five senses be captured by the food and flavor of the Americas.

Reservations recommended.

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