Most modern cuisine is a continuation of classic dishes, just as a computer is a slightly modified typewriter and a washing machine is a river in a box. Revel in palatable progress with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of seasonal Pacific Northwest fare and drinks at Lava Dining and Lounge in Maple Ridge. Groupon users must make reservations by phone before coming to the restaurant.
Lava Dining and Lounge’s Pacific Northwest fare and sumptuous yet relaxed atmosphere earned it Best New Restaurant Outside Vancouver from Straight.com’s 2011 Golden Plates awards. Like high-school sweethearts, the menu changes with the seasons, serving gourmet dishes and British Columbia–sourced wines to patrons seated in the dining room, lounge, and outdoor patio. The pan-roasted steelhead trout ($23) nestles a golden fillet between wilted spinach and truffle-and-lobster risotto, and the rib-eye ($28), cut from AAA Canadian beef, comes accompanied by whipped potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and herbed butter. Un-meat options include The Gorgi ($8), mixing butter lettuce, red-wine-poached pears, blue cheese, and toasted almonds, plus the smoked carrot soup ($9), infusing cherrywood-smoked carrots with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla bean that scorned the family business of flavouring ice cream.
Lava Dining and Lounge
Owner-manager Robert Klaus shows his commitment to sustainable, regional fare from the likes of Fraser Valley and Lake Louise by filling colorful plates on the dark wood tables spotting Lava Dining and Lounge. Locally sourced ensembles, such as roasted Fraser Valley free-range chicken breast with mushroom and sage bread pudding or braised Canadian lamb shank, earned the eatery the title "Best New Restaurant Outside Vancouver" from Straight.com's 2011 Golden Plate awards. In the kitchen, the eatery's prized chef sears duck and decks plates with seasonal veggies as servers complement the menu with an evolving selection of British Columbia wines and house cocktails. During clement weather, Robert's team situates patrons on the lush patio where lofty greenery, flowers, and table umbrellas shield diners from roving stegosauruses. Inside, servers scuttle across matte wood floors framed by muted orange walls and pass plates to tables flanked by black leather chairs.