Since the day Max’s Restaurant first opened its doors in 2011, it has been a favorite dining place for almost all Filipinos in the emirate. The brand has been an effective homesickness buster as its delectable dishes remind everyone the taste of home. Strategically located in Karama, where there is a heavy concentration of kabayans, it is not a wonder why Max’s remained a hit after all these years.
Last weekend, we were invited for a dinner at the restaurant. We are frequent diners and we tend to get the same food every. single. time. We love pairing their Sinigang na Hipon (shrimp in sour soup) with their signature Fried Chicken. And in the same way, we like how Sizzling Tofu goes well with Daing na Bangus (fried marinated milkfish). It may be a little weird to you, but those two are our power combos. :p For a change, we decided to try something we haven’t ordered before.
For the mains, we had Bulalo, soup with beef shanks and marrow bones. We liked every bit of it – the heartwarming soup (especially best during cold weather!), the fresh vegetables (I love how I can easily mash the potatoes, I eat like a kid :p) and the tender beef (I’m usually particular when it comes to how the beef was prepared).
We also had Gambas con Aligue, prawns cooked in garlic and crab fat (aligue) with red chili, served with toasted bread. Aligue always get me in the knees! It was mouthwatering – the chili gave a good kick of spicy.
The prawns went really well with the Spicy Chicken Fried Rice (though a bit off when paired with bulalo). It is basically your usual fried rice but mixed with chunks of Max’s famous fried chicken. Mmmm, my new-found favorite!
For drinks, we had Watermelon and Melon Shakes. Both are really good and refreshing. It reminded me a lot of 90s summer when we would make these shakes back home. Memories!
As if we weren’t full from the feast, we were offered the Dessert Sampler that was just too hard to resist! Consists of Leche Flan (caramel custard), Ube Crème Decadence (custard with purple yam filling, garnished with ube cake crumbs), Buko Pandan (young coconut with jelly and tapioca in milky pandan cream) and Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream. Of all four, we were raving about ube the most – yummy, yummy, yummy! The ube halaya filling was such a nice surprise!
Service, as always, is satisfactory while the ambiance is like your usual Filipino restaurant setting – a happy atmosphere with friends and/or families gathered for dinner. Overall, it’s a good dining experience. If you want to try a decent and authentic Filipino fare, I wouldn’t think twice about recommending Max’s.
PS. Before leaving the restaurant, swing by the bakery and take home a box of Caramel Bars – heaven!
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