Thursday, June 28, 2007

Max! Enjoyment - Vol. Two

Continuing from Vol. One, our mains were served. Max being the only chef around was truly a gentleman, taking orders from the ladies first and also serving the mains to the ladies first.
My Shiraz Braised Wagyu Beef Cheeks with Mushroom Ragout served with Polenta(RM60). Just like Lyrical Lemongrass, I really enjoyed this dish. When I had the first bite, it was truly an extraodinary feeling as the beef just seem to melt in my mouth. I love mushrooms and the mushrooms with the wagyu beef cheeks just made this dish even more unforgettable. The polenta was delicious with the gravy and I even took a slice of the soft bread given earlier to mop up the gravy! I was nearly in tears of happiness when I took the first bite and nearly in tears of sadness as I took the last bite as there was no more! LOL! Jason and Allan took a bite and they were speechless and wide eyed!
I couldn't remember whose order this was. The lamb cutlets chargrilled, accompanied by garlic confit and fine port laced mint sauce (RM50). I had a bite of it, courtesy of Mavis and it was tender and flavourful. Must try this the next time I visit Max!.
Jason's order of Two Duck Breast (RM40) - pan roasted and hickory smoked duck breast with berries marmalade. The serving for this though might seem to be a tad little for a guy's appetite. Took a bite and again this was another winner. Cooked just right, the duck meat was tender and moist. Seems mostly all the mains were good, I'll have to come back a few times more to try them out!
Allan's U.S. choice of tenderloin beef chargrilled with duck terrine and red wine sauce (RM70) was also heavenly, just like Nigel's and Allan's Just Heavenly cakes. Ha ha....
We then ordered desserts and Nigel had the warm Valrhona Chocolate Souffle with vanilla bean ice-cream (RM20).
Jason and I shared a dessert again and we ordered the Crisp Kataifi Pastry wrapped strawberry with passion fruit - coconut ice cream and seasonal fruit salad (RM18). The coconut ice-cream was sherbet like, sweet and sourish and the pastry went very well with it. I also enjoyed the slices of fruits.
This was Lyrical Lemongrass's White Chocolate Fondant Tart and she enjoyed it.
We ended the night with a Cowboy shot. On googling it, found out that this drink has a rather rude name! here if you want to find out what it's called. It's a mix of 2 parts Butterscotch Schnapps and 1 part Bailey's Irish Cream. Good stuff!

I found the food at Max! truly wonderful and the desserts nice. The mains were definitely great and outshone the desserts. I'll definitely pass the word around to my friends and will be paying Max a visit again. It was yet another night of good food, good fun and in good company! That seems to be the standard whenever the group of us meet ;o) Oh, and the's contagious!

Max! Kitchen & Wines
27, Tengkat Tong Shin
50200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 03-21418115
(Do call for reservations and check operating hours - closed on Sundays)

Other reviews on the gathering:

You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants. ~ Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis


Lee Ping said...

Dear WMW,
After reading Joe's description on how you and LL enjoyed your food, I was eager to read more....What a treat! I enjoyed reading and imagining your satisfaction of eating the Wagyu beef Cheeks.

"I was nearly in tears of happiness when I took the first bite and nearly in tears of sadness as I took the last bite as there was no more!" You are so kind to share your beef cheeks with Jason and Allen.

Max sounds like a really nice gentleman; Ladies first from ordering to serving. My kind of guy!

I have never had "Crisp Kataifi Pastry". From the photo, it looks like a deep fried rice vermicelli or rice sticks. It is definitely "hip" to serve dessert on spoons.

I enjoyed reading this sophisticated article as well as drooling over the food, especially the Wagyu beef cheeks. Thanks!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

the wagyu normally leaves that kind of impression the 1st time..but it didnt strike me the 2nd time..dunno come i didnt get any courtesy bites of lamb despite me seating nxt to u ar? hahaha..

the cowboy shot isnt c**k s**ker rite? hahaha..nice pictures lar..early morning wake up see max food..

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

My tastebuds are almost non-existent due to the flu, but when Boss Man says let's go to Max for lunch (God bless Boss Man), I can't say no, so I'm going today. *wide grin*

Jackson said...

Mu memang menghayati hidupmu di mahligai impian.....entah bila ku akan "dating" dengan mu untuk "dinner" di tempat ini?

Babe_KL said...

whooppeeee, i can't wait for my dinner date tonite at Max!

wmw said...

Lee Ping : We were giving sample bites to each other, at least to those who were near us. The Kataifi does seem to be some form of rice sticks (vermicelli). Haha..."hip" if your trademark word, eh? You're most welcomed.

Joe : Ok, will see how if feels when I try the wagyu beef cheeks for the 2nd time. A bite of the lamb from me? I didn't order lamb mah, I got a bite from Mavis myself. I think we were offering our food to those around us. You must have been too engrossed in the food yourself to hear 'cos Mavis asked us. :o)

lyrical lemongrass : How blessed! How come boss said to go there? Cos he read your blog? Hee hee...

Jackson : Saya takkan terpikat lagi. Tapi.....kalau anda rela nak belanja saya, saya setuju. Kami boleh menikmati makanan yang sungguh enak ini bagaikan kurniaan dari mahligai.

Babe_KL : Since all is good, have you decided what you're going to order? Hard when you want to try everything! ;o)

Anonymous said...

I thought it was supposed to be "kurniaan daripada malaikat?" ROFL! Thanks kah jie for the precious wagyu piece!

WokandSpoon said...

Those fancy deserts look amazing! Sounds like you guys were really well fed and rolled out of there after dinner! ;-)

A Mature Student said...

More good time can send some this way or not? Everytime I visit this blog, I feel like my tummy is missing out a lot! :(

wmw said...

Jason: No lah, you also gave me a piece of your precious duck meat.

wokandspoon : I was already rolling in before dinner! LOL!

dr ve thru : Ha! Ha! Oh, I've always wanted to ask you...Did you purposely leave out the "i" in your nick? Is it suppose to be drive thru? :o)

Anonymous said...

OMG, can even see the vanilla beans on the souffle. "Caviar" on souffle!!!

wonda said...

Maximum enjoyment? At a glance I thought your title was hahaha! ...... Max. Enjoyment!

Precious Pea said...

YUMMYYY!!!!!!! Drooling oledi looking at those food...luckily am seeing Max tomorrow.

ilene said...

Aiyoh WMW, good thing I had my lunch prior to reading your blog. (Learnt my lesson when I visited Lee Ping's blog before lunch time)! You know, my office is so near to MAX but have yet to venture that way. *sigh*

ilene said...

WMW, sorry - not finish yet - I meant to add on: You make a very good food review. Such tempting pictures and the way you describe them make me want to go and try it out immediately.

wmw said...

tigerfish : Hahaha...isn't food exciting?

wonda : It was a play on words and the name of the restaurant - Max!

precious pea : You are? Hey! We wanna go! LOL...

ilene : Hey, then you should go check out the lunch menu....seems the prices are quite reasonable. Thanks for the compliment! So, do go and do lunch there soon ;o)

wonda said...

Good word play for the title. Max gives max. enjoyment! See, Ilene also agrees with me. Your food pix and review are so good that make me want to grab those food.

A Mature Student said...

wmw, haha, you got it. It was when we were at Wales. I blogged about it....Sept 06.
Anyway, I'm thinking of changing to wordpress so I won't be confusing anyone with my name cos some people think I am a paiseh lah.

Unknown said...


wah. the wagyu looks so so wonderful. I am sure it taste superb as well!

next time, must escape to KL to try it.

the last picture, my colleague brought it to office once and gave us each one of it!

Kenny Mah said...

Wish my friends and I had dropped by Max instead last night... we were nearby but our birthday girl had reserved a table at NeroVivo instead, whose dishes pale in comparison to your descriptions of Max's fare.

Well, at least we had al fresco dining...

I'm so trying the Wagyu beef cheeks if I ever head there... I want my tears of nearly happiness and nearly sadness too... ;)

wmw said...

wonda : Once again, thank you for your compliments!

dr ve thru : I had also thought you were a doc! :O)

keropok man : Escape from Singapore? ha ha ha...Yah, come over to Max for max. enjoyment.

kenny : Well, I don't normally wish this to others, but if you're dining at Max!, I hope you will cry! :p

SteamyKitchen said...

OMG!!! I want to be invited next time!