Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A rich and satisfying breakfast at Maple Restaurant in Makati

It’s often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, that it jumpstarts your metabolism, that it fuels you for the day, that it makes you more alert, and that there’s a host of other reasons why the day’s first meal is good for you. For me, breakfast is the best meal of the day mostly because breakfast menus offer more to me as a vegetarian than any other meal, as eggs are usually offered at this time of day. (Omelette stations at breakfast buffets are the best!)

Recently, I’ve been having to wake up very early for a particular workout that I’ve been doing with some friends, and the thing I really look forward to and think about a lot while exercising is where we’re going to eat afterwards. One place that we’ve been going to, also because it’s near the gym we go to, is Maple.

One nice thing about a lot of my friends is that they go out of their way to order dishes that I can eat. Or if there is meat in them, they just ask the servers to put it on the side. In this way, we just order a number of dishes and just share the calories (almost) equally.

On this particular visit, we ordered the Huevos Rancheros, described by the menu as “a classical Mexican breakfast made with tortillas, refried beans, grilled chicken and a sunny-side up egg topped with cheese and ranchero sauce.”

Huevos Rancheros

We also ordered the Eggs Benedict, “a Maple signature topped with Canadian bacon, poached eggs, and Hollandaise sauce served with crunchy Bistro fries.”
Eggs Benedict

Lastly, we had the truffle omelette soufflé thus described: “with a rich and creamy truffle taste this is the lightest fluffiest soufflé style omelette you will ever find to melt in your mouth. “

Truffle Omelette Souffle

After the food arrived, we realized there was too much food for just the three of us. The servings were generous and satisfying. We had a unanimous favorite- the huevos rancheros. This was relatively unique for a morning dish in Manila, as you do not find it often in breakfast menus here. The taste of it was a refreshing break from the richness of the other two dishes.

The eggs benedict did not particularly stand out, and tasted pretty much the same as a lot of other restaurants’ versions. The fries that went with it though were another matter. They were crunchy and tasty and done just right. Not a very healthy way to start the day, but at least the calories were worth it.

The truffle omelette soufflé was a bit too rich for my friends. I thought the bread that went with it could offset the richness. There was not enough bread to go with it though, as the omelette was a bit huge. It was really too rich to eat on its own.

All told, we were satisfied with the food, and stuffed to the brim with it. We came to the conclusion that the workout we did that morning whetted our appetites but did not burn enough to compensate for all that we ate.

I like Maple, not just because of the food, but also because of the way the place seems to be perfect for having a relaxing breakfast with your friends. The sun shines through the big windows just enough to give you the feel of early morning, and you have a good view of other people in the area having breakfast and starting the day right.

Maple Restaurant
2nd floor San Antonio Plaza Arcade
50 McKinley Road, Forbes Park
Makati, Philippines