Restaurant: Max’s Retaurant
Location: 1520 Steeles Avenue W, Unit 121, Concord, ON L4K 3B9
Price Range: $$
I will be honest here.. I didn’t want to write a review for this restaurant at all. I really wanted to like Max’s Manila as it was supposed to be a famous franchise originated from Filipino and they have restaurants all over the world. Nonetheless.. Here is my review and forgive me for the tone of my voice in this post.
I didn’t like this dish at all. It was like eating a crepe filled with raw vegetables and meat. There was no flavor and the peanut dip was somehow really sweet, and didn’t go well with the savoury meat at all.
Besides being ridiculously unhealthy, the sisig here was crunchy and every bites was explosion of flavors. It also has a texture contrast of soft pieces as well as crispy since the dish was served on a hot cast iron plate. Toward the end the sisig became quite greasy and it would have been better if there was something tangy like lemon to cut through the fat.
I didn’t like it and it was nothing like the one that I had at Kanto in downtown Toronto. The skin was super crispy while the inside was dry and hard to bite. It also lacked seasonings but the mild tartness of the liver sauce helped to cut through the “supposed to be” fattiness of the lechon kawali.
There was something strange about the texture of the rice noodle and the sauce that didn’t work for me at all. The noodle was overcooked, mushy and sauce was really .. flour-y? I also found the noodle to be quite bland and the cracklings were incredibly dry, it just added no flavors to the palabok at all.
The garlic rice was a must order when you are having Filipino food and we also had a lot of saucy dishes as well. It was very garlicky with real bits of garlic, but in a good way.
Nothing special. Tasted just like any other flan that I could make at home.
Technically we received this dish for free as there was a check-in special on Yelp that day. On the initial bites, the texture was similar to a panna cotta, rich and creamy yet light in flavor. When you dig in further, you will find the rich ube creme in center. The milk and cream muted the starch of the ube to make a perfect pair, finished off by the ube roll crumbs. I thought it was a light and refreshing dessert to cleanse the palate all that oiliness from the lunch :).
Would I come back? Probably not, I don’t really see myself coming back here. The service here was a bit lackluster in terms of speed and just trying to get them to notice you. Even though the portion was quite generous and meant to be share, I didn’t think the price was that cheap.