Vienna’s Maple Ave Restaurant is the little bistro that could: It narrowly avoided bankruptcy after chef Tim Ma tweaked his concept and began cooking the French-Asian flavors he was more familiar with.
Now, nabbing a seat at the nine-table hot spot is near impossible, which makes the coming of Ma’s second restaurant, Water & Wall (3811 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 105, Arlington), that much sweeter.
Open for dinner since Saturday, the 84-seat establishment allows a larger audience to sample Maple Ave Restaurant’s signature dishes, like shrimp and grits with venison sausage and piquillo ($10), chicken wings with Kendall Farms creme fraiche, Korean chili paste and oyster sauce (above, $10) and fried okra in a Thai chili sauce ($9).
Menu newcomers not to miss include the grilled hangar steak with smashed potatoes and collard greens ($25) and pan-seared steelhead with sunchokes, kale and potato ($24).
You’ll also find a larger selection of beers on tap, including Anderson Valley’s caramel-finish Winter Solstice ($8) and Huyghe Brewery’s La Guillotine Belgian Blonde ($8).