February 17, 2010 as posted to Google.com
had inMy love for Maize.
My Husband and I had Valentines Day dinner at Maize Restaurant. There was a set menu for the evening, so our experience may be a little different than a normal night. Bob greeted us pleasantly as soon as we walked into the restaurant. Our first site was Matt and Mark preparing meals in the kitchen. The decor of the restaurant is quaint and even a little romantic! We started our meal with a blue cheese tart w/ figs and walnuts. My husband was not sure if he was going to like it - but we both loved it. The figs, walnuts and greens balanced the tart perfectly! Then we were served maize biscuits with locally harvested honey and butter - We could have eaten a dozen of them (and I normally do not like biscuits). They were still warm - right from the oven, so good. We had shaved ice with Champagne - such a great idea! Then our main courses - I had Halibut with clams and my husband had the lamb. I tasted his so I can say - both meals were fantastic. The Halibut was the best meal I have ages! For dessert I had the goat cheese cheese cake and my husband had the chocolate souffle with banana sauce. ( I did not try my husbands dessert because I do not like chocolate, but with the speed that it was devoured I can bet that it was as good as it looked). The cheese cake was great - I was a little skeptical, but I shouldn't have been. The entire meal was amazing! I am used to dining in Doylestown and Philly, and I have to say that I will be going back to Perkasie real soon - Matts cooking was amazing, and the friendly, cozy atmosphere was very relaxing. Our waiter Bob was attentive but not overbearing and the chef even checked on us during the meal - I am looking forward to my next visit! * a side not - as we were eating the couple sitting next to us made a reservation for later in the week - they did this after only eating half the courses - the restaurant is really that good* * and I forgot the popcorn - the popcorn was fun and very good - great idea!
January 28, 2010 as posted on Google.com
Went for dinner Friday night with friends. Bread came to table, biscuits with some corn flour were fresh hot out of the oven and fantastic served with butter and local honey. Next pan seared scallops served with asparagus and vermouth sauce, perfectly cooked and delicious. Tasted my wife's split pea soup served with smoked pork was also very good. Friends enjoyed two different green salads which were good. I ordered duck served with quinoa and oranges/cranberries and duck jus also a great dish perfectly cooked. Also tried the crab cakes which were very moist and flavorful.The bison was fantastic medium rare and tender with swiss chard. Had for dessert a cheese plate and the chocolate terrine a mouse like treat with a subtle pistachio sauce . All in all the meal was wonderful. One of the better restaurants in the philadelphia area. Food was about $75/couple (BYOB) The only area that needs a little work is the waitstaff , young not much experience yet. A little out of the way but well worth the drive.
January 26, 2010
We just finished our meal at Maize and it was absolutely delicious. The chef prepared two soups to start on this cold winter night, split pea w roasted fresh pork and puree of leek with diced apple and smoked bacon. Entrees of veal cheeks and tile fish made us feel as though we were dinning in any metropolitan area proud of its cuisine. Bravo to chefs Matt and Mark. We'll be Back.
January 17, 2010 - as posted on Google.com
Thank you, thank you for opening this restaurant in the Pennridge area. Fine dining is finally here. Our dinners, the bison and wild bass, were prepared and presented to perfection. We enjoyed the special touches: fresh baked biscuits served with local honey and fresh baked cookies to accompany the check. I can't wait to invite friends and family to dine here!
January 11, 2010 - as posted on Chow.com
Maize Restaurant occupies the space with formerly housed Cafe Avocado on Walnut Street in Perkasie. It's a place worth visiting whether you're a Perkasie native or coming in from Doylestown, Souderton, Quakertown, Bedminster, or beyond.The chef/owner Matt McPhelin has created a charming space of deep ochre with red accents and white trim. The floor is slate, and one wall remains exposed brick accented by mirrors. The 28 seat venue has cherry tables and chairs from which dinners can watch the chef and his brother bustle in the kitchen visible through an arched pass-through.The effect is intimate, uncluttered, and comfortable.
Maize Restaurant occupies the space which formerly housed Cafe Avocado on Walnut Street in Perkasie. It's a place worth visiting whether you're a Perkasie native or coming in from Doylestown, Souderton, Quakertown, Bedminster, or beyond.The chef/owner Matt McPhelin has created a charming space of deep ochre with red accents and white trim. The floor is slate, and one wall remains exposed brick accented by mirrors. The 28 seat venue has cherry tables and chairs from which dinners can watch the chef and his brother bustle in the kitchen visible through an arched pass-through.The effect is intimate, uncluttered, and comfortable.
Our evening started with a greeting from the genial one-man-wait-staff, Bob. We were immediately offered Maize's signature popcorn (yes, popcorn to keep with the theme of the name) dressed with olive oil, salt, capers, and parsley. Highly addicting! Once we had ordered we were next offered their corn biscuit served with local honey and butter. The hubby and i were content at that point, but we gathered all our strength for the three courses to come.
I started with the delicata squash coup with creme fraiche and pumpkin seeds. The soup was velvety and quite subtle in flavor with the seeds adding an interesting crunch. My spouse started with the canneloni stuffed with leeks and duck confit and served with a light duck jus. Both were delicious and a perfect portion size.
We moved on to the crabcake and duck breast. The crabcake had a subtle flavor, more like sauteed crab than the highly seasoned crabcake one might expect. The hash beneath and the sauce perfectly complemented the cake and caused us to wish for more bread to sop up every drop. The duck breast served on quinoa was perfectly medium rare with a nice sear on the outside. The base of quinoa, jus, orange and cranberry perfectly supported the duck , again causing us to scrape the plate to taste everything.
The only spot on the evening was the long wait between our main course and dessert, but we quickly forgave the lapse when the chef appeared tableside with my polenta and olive oil cake personally. Chef prepares the dish to order; he did not like how the first dish came out, so he remade it. The cake was worth the wait! I did not taste the hubby's roasted pear, but very little remained on that plate either.
Service was attentive but not fussy. We had a leisurely 2 hour dinner and enjoyed every minute. We'll go back again in the near future.
Tuesday-Saturday 5pm to 10pm
519 West Walnut Street
Perkasie, Pa 18944