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After not having been successful in finding a parking space on the opening day of the new section of the Del Amo Mall back in October, I did not really try to go back. But a friend mentioned to me over lunch that both the restaurant inside Nordstrom as well as the one right next to Nordstrom were really good, and that got me interested in trying them out.

I did my usual research online before going, and found the menu to be quite enticing. Made a reservation for a Saturday night dinner and plans to visit some of the shops afterwards.

Fortunately parking was not as difficult as I anticipated – got a space right outside the restaurant. I did a little bit of shopping around Nordstrom and other stores, and got quite hungry, so we went a little earlier to the restaurant.

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The decor and the ambiance of the place felt more like a restaurant on the west side rather than one in Torrance. The waiters were tall, young and handsome, while one of the hostess looked like she could be an actress or a model working part-time here.

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We ordered the Salted Caramel Pork Ribs, Baked Curry Cauliflower, Great Maple French Dip, and the Mushroom Pasta.

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The pork ribs were cooked perfectly and tasted incredible, easily the best. The baked cauliflower was huge and so flavorful. The beef in the french dip was tender and delicious, and my mushroom pasta had plenty of mushroom, rich yet not heavy.

I really wanted to try the Maple Bacon Doughnuts, but was rather full. I am sure I will be ordering that next time, and the next time will be very soon.

Great Maple: 21434 Hawthrone Blvd. Torrance, CA 90503  Phone: 310-542-1001

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