Besides, a run-of-the-mill fast-food restaurant wouldn’t put a neighbouring McDonald’s to shame quite as spectacularly as Max’s has done in Karama. When I visited on a cool Wednesday night, Max’s outdoor terrace was packed with Filipinos hunched over colourful noodles, soups and chicken, while the Golden Arches next door was empty by comparison.
I managed to snag a table outside and was soon joined by a menu-wielding waiter, and a flurry of enthusiastic recommendations. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for fried chicken, so chose the chicken platter with seafood noodles and plain rice. I also ventured into more traditional territory with an order of sisig (ground chicken liver and heart, in the absence of pork) and a plate of camaron rebosado (battered shrimp). Having diligently scribbled down my order, the waiter returned, with sadness in his eyes, to inform me that I’d have to wait 10 minutes for my food. I assured him this wasn’t a problem, and it wasn’t: my food arrived in five.
On this evidence, there’s more to Max’s than fried chicken, and the balance between fast-food and authentic fare has an appeal that extends beyond the Filipino faithful. Converts can also look forward to a second venue opening in Sharjah.
The bill (for one)
1x Chicken platter Dhs30
1x Chicken sisig Dhs28
1x Camaron rebosado Dhs32
Total (excluding service) Dhs90