Open late Fri.-Sat., lounge open late nightly
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Red Maple Restaurant Review: Red Maple can be a little intimidating to the uninitiated. The rather severe Deco façade has no signage, only a stylized icon of a tree. The retro-modern, multi-level interior is attractive, but perilously dim, illuminated by candles and a couple of flickering fireplaces. The place has a reputation as a noisy dance club populated by young chic types. And eating a meal off a shin-high coffee-table while seated on a backless hassock --- or, in the romantic aerie, a floor pillow --- will have over-forties speed-dialing their chiropractors. Nonetheless, a fine meal can be had here. In the early evening, the mood is mellow, the jazz low-key, the servers attentive, and chef Colin Innes’s menu of global-fusion small plates awfully tempting. Will it be Italian sausage empanadas, butter-textured beef tenderloin with blackened tomatoes and Gorgonzola, or pumpkin dumplings with cardamom cream sauce? Offerings change frequently, and if you are part of a group of four, six or eight, chef Innes will prepare a special tapas tasting menu just for you.