Filipino Food at Max’s Restaurant

Located at 121 – 1520 Steeles Ave West in Vaughan

Yay, Filipino food!  A group of us 8 foodie adventurers gathered together to have dinner at Max’s Restaurant (Max’s of Manila) on a Saturday night.  Most of us had never had Filipino food before (I have: here and here) so it was opportunistic to try out this restaurant with everyone — it meant that we could try out many dishes together and share!  I’ve heard of this restaurant before by a fellow blogger who recommended Max’s Restaurant and also by Christian who is Filipino.  

He made a reservation for us ahead of the time and it was smart that he did because the restaurant was very busy when we arrived (lots of Filipino customers which was a good sign!).  We then quickly decided on some classic and popular must-have’s!

Max’s Restaurant!

First off, we had the Crabmeat Fried Rice which I found was so delicious.  Each grain was so soft and the flavour was incredible.  I couldn’t believe how good it tasted despite the plate looking like typical fried rice.

Crabmeat Fried Rice. $9.99
-generously served with eggs, carrots, green peas, and crabmeat

The chicken adobe is a well known and classic Filipino dish.  It was soy sauce infused and the meat was very tender!

Classic Chicken Adobe. $11.99
-popular Philippine chicken stew richly marinated in soy sauce and vinegar. Enhanced with the flavors of garlic, bay leaf and whole peppercorns. Garnished with green onions and egg. A well loved dish

The Kare-Kare (Beef Peanut Stew) was pretty good.  I used the sauce to mix with the fried rice to try.

Kare-Kare (Beef Peanut Stew). $19.99
-beef shank and oxtail with vegetables simmered in thick peanut sauce, served with shrimp paste on the side. A native delicacy

The milkfish was exceptional!!  It was so unique and delicious!  It was dry yet flavourful!  Everyone around the time raved about this dish!

Daing na Bangus (Boneless Marinated Milkfish). $12.99
-white fish indigenous to the Philippines, made flavourful in a vinegar garlic marinade, deep fried, and served with house relish and vinegar garlic dip on the side. Simple but tasty

The dish I wasn’t fond of at all was the pancit noodles.  Something about the texture of the short noodles and the taste of the sauce didn’t sit well with me.  It’s not every day that I taste something so smooth and slithering around in my mouth that I found tasting weird (no offence — it’s my own personal opinion).

Pancit Palabok (Thick Rice Noodles). $8.99
-thick rice noodles in a delicious shrimp, squid and ground pork sauce, garnished with garlic bits, ground pork cracklings, green onions and sliced boiled egg. An all time favourite

Max’s Fried Chicken (half). $9.49
-the original and classic fried chicken that made Max’s a Filipino institution. Golden fried to perfection with a unique blend of special spices

Red Horse Filipino beer

Halo Halo. $5.99
-a blend of refreshing tropical fruits, beans, milk, and shaved ice. Topped with a delicious scoop of Ube (purple yam) ice cream and rice flakes. A classic Filipino dessert

Lastly, we finished off with two desserts!  One is the famous halo halo which is a dessert where different assortments of jelly, fruits, beans, and taro ice cream are mixed together.  We ordered two to share among our table.  It was so considerate of the staff to bring us individual dessert glasses so that we could split and divide up the halo halo to share.  I really enjoyed this. 🙂

The second dessert was a green coloured one with ice cream that was creamy with coconut and a pandan leaf.  It was good but I enjoyed the refreshing taste of halo halo instead.

 

 

 

 

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Buko Pandan. $4.99
-young coconut mixed with pandan leaf (screwpine) gelatin and tapioca in a rich fluffy cream sauce, with macapuno (coconut) ice cream and rice flakes

Delicious and fun evening! 🙂

I’m so glad that we got to come here to enjoy and try out the Filipino food. Max’s Restaurant is a franchise that has locations all around the world. I would love to be able to try out their other locations someday. 🙂

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