Max's Restaurant

Filipino fried chicken favourite lands in Karama Reviews

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You shouldn’t believe everything you read. If you did, you’d think Max’s Restaurant was built by an army of fried chicken pieces. Of course, it wasn’t – that would be insane – but the words ‘The Restaurant that Fried Chicken Built’ do at least give some indication of what you’re letting yourself in for. However, this cult Filipino restaurant is more than just a knock-off KFC. Yes, fried chicken is prevalent on the menu, but so are all the Filipino favourites, from sisig and kare-kare to pancit.

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.

Fried chicken may have built this restaurant, but there was nothing particularly special about it. It wasn’t bad – it was warm and tasty, and not at all dry – but I think I was expecting a dash of South-East Asian spice. The seafood noodles were the biggest disappointment – though full of flavour, they were served lukewarm. The camaron rebosado (aka crispy, warm prawn lollipops) served with sweet chilli dipping sauce turned out to be a guilty treat. More exciting, however, was the sisig. I haven’t had great deal of luck with this dish in the past, and was pleased to find it prickling with a generous sprinkling of roughly chopped green chillies, onions and garlic, which also offered a welcome crunchy contrast to the soft chicken liver.

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

By Oliver Robinson
Time Out Dubai,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

Details

  • Location: Bur Dubai, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 325 7797
  • Travel: Trade Centre Road

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Posted by: NELLE TAZARA on 11 Aug ' 12 at 14:14
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

FOR TAKEAWAYS YOUR KITCHEN STAFF NEEDS TO DOUBLE CHECK ON THE WAY THEY PREPARE THE FOOD . ONE DESSERT WE ORDERED WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE PURELY HALO HALO INGREDIENTS (A SWEET DESSERT WITH SHAVED ICE MILK YOUNG COCONUT, BANANA, KAONG CHCK PEAS UBE JAM LECHE FLAN AND THE LIKE) WHERE WE WERE AGHAST TO SEE A TOMATO PIECE SIMILAR TO THE ONE USE IN SINIGANG IN IT.. YIKES! SO GROSS IT RUINED OUR APETITE. WHO KNOWS ITS HAPPENING ALSO FOR DINE -IN. SO THIS IS TO REMIND YOU GUYS THAT A RESTAURANT HAS TO DO QUALITY CHECK AT ALL TIMES AND FOOD SHOULD BE KEPT CLEAN , FREE FROM ALIEN INGREDIENTS. BUT DESPITE ALL THIS I REALLY ENJOY EATING YOUR FOOD ESPECAILLY MAX JUST PLEASE MAINTAIN QUALITY PREPARATION OF YOUR FOOD ALL THE TIME. HAPPY CHOW!!

Posted by: Girlie Garcia on 11 Jan ' 12 at 17:52
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I used to work in Max's in Manilla. we never had so many staffs as they do here, but the service in Phil was much better. The owner here in UAE is not doing a good job, they are not providing training or controlling the staffs.

Posted by: Bhong on 05 Jan ' 12 at 03:25
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I will not return until the service gets better, it's gone reaally bad. The tables are always dirty My first choice is never available and I always get the wrong order,

Posted by: Jamilla on 03 Jan ' 12 at 10:08
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I have a big expectation knowing that this is a famous restaurant in the Philippines - Max's Restaurants. Everything turned out to be a disappointment. The fried chicken they have served is very blunt, the chicken sisig too doesn't taste good. I definitely will not return to restaurant.

Posted by: Marcris on 12 Dec ' 11 at 01:50
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes


It's great that someone has been able to give the same food as in Phil, it tastes really good. but the service is really bad. i go weekly as it is close to my office and they never get my order correct. We always have to wait and most of the time get given the food from another table. We always have to wave at the staff if we want something. But I am lucky they often forget to charge me for something, last time the drinks were missing from the check :)

I always joke with the staff, but it's not that they are not to blame as they said they have had zero training since they opened.

The restaurant is getting quiet because filipinos are talking about the bad service

Posted by: Antonio on 28 Sep ' 11 at 14:03

I had to wait for over an hour to be seated - the waiting area too was packed, but every minute was worth it!
The chicken tasted as good as Max's in Manila and the service outstanding - Must visit by every filipino in UAE...and looking forward to more outlets around..
Sarap to the bones talaga!

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