Just fine Jun 26, 2012
I spent 15 minutes in finding a table. It is acceptable during dinner time in weekends. The chicken wing and meat were okay. And black pepper sauce tastes good. However, there were too little vegetables and too much french fries. It could be better if there were more vegetables. Some of the food were overcooked like the sausage. So, I had not eaten them. The food was in a mess. Its appeal was poor. In general, the dinning experience was just so so. Maybe, the mistakes committed were due to large demands in dinner time and weekends. I will go back in weekdays to see whether the overall experience will be better or not.
Table Wait Time: 15 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Jun 20, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD50
Value for Money2
Maxim's countryside breakfast set Feb 05, 2012
I tried the Countryside breakfast because I like potatoes and not many places serve this style of potatoes with breakfast unless you are in spain.
When I saw the advert for this, I felt that the breakfast was more Spanish than European.
Anyway, the countryside set comes with stir-fried potatoes and their so called "European sausage" with a choice of bacon, egg or ham.
I ordered the set with egg.
Stir fried potatoes:
The potatoes were cut with a crinkle knife.
They were fried for a bit and then stir fried with onion, however I found it too sweet.
I was really looking forward to the potatoes but they did not taste as nice as I expected.
The egg looked really nice, but it was cold and tasteless.
It looked like a European sausage but the texture was exactly the same as a Frankfurter.
Toast with butter:
I had no expectation for the toast but the butter that came with it made it delectable because it was salted butter.
Although the breakfast is continental style, I felt that most of the items were localised especially their sausage and potatoes.
Yummy factor: Could be better
MSG levels: None
Sweetness levels: The potatoes were sweet
Hygienic levels: The cutlery was sticky
Value for Money2
Maxim's laksa May 10, 2011
Found out there was Laksa, so ordered one.
There was a choice of chicken or beef, so I picked the beef and also ordered the dessert because it looked colourful on the menu.
The Laksa was quite good for Maxim's standard, especially the soup.
The soup is thinner than the authentic ones, but it was slightly spicy and has a strong prawn base flavouring.
The only thing that let it down was the vermicelli, it does not soak up the soup.
It was a case of vermicelli tasting like vermicelli, unless you put the soup in your mouth as well.
The Laksa had the combination of basic ingredients that i felt were Vietnamese, such as vietnamese sausage, shredded chicken, and tofu puffs.
This came with the noodles for an $8, it consisted of three pieces of sweet puddings: sweetcorn pudding, taro and sago pudding and red bean pudding.
The taro was quite bland, and the sago pearls kept falling out.
The sweetcorn one was a bit sweet but was the best.
The redbean one is not my cup of tea, but the jelly that bound it together was crystal clear and pretty.
The spoon that came with the dessert was really really nice!
Previously I had caramel milk tea because I liked the cup they used not because of the drink!
Value for Money3
Farmhouse dishes @ MX Apr 20, 2011
Ever since Maxim's MX introduced the Farmhouse dishes series I have always wanted to try it.
The whole concept is brilliant, but the marketing let it down.
It was hard to find out which dishes were being served in advance, there was nothing on their website or restaurant.
Instead, I had to check the menu there everynow and then.
Once I walked past and it was serving braised pig's tail and peanuts which sounds interesting.
Finally, they had the ones I wanted to try, but the soup that day was beef, not fish maw and sweetcorn that I wanted to try.
I do not eat at Maxim's MX much, because the menu is confusing, but this time I was impressed at the organisation, as you collect the food when the number is called out.
This was light and slightly viscous, with lots of beef in it.
The beef had been soda-rized, so it was soft.
There was some spring onion and coriander garnishing on top.
I liked the soup, but I didnt like the film of oil they put on top even though its for cosmetic purposes.
The chicken was served on a pile of fried vermicelli, the lemon sauce tasted how it should, however the chicken was slightly dry.
The chicken had chicken skin and was not coated in flour and fried.
I would have preferred if the chicken was cut into smaller managable pieces.
This was the dish that got my attention, and it also was the best!
With usual fish patty from the market, or restaurants that serve it, it always contains grounded bones, unless you go to the overly expensive places.
The fish patty here did not contain any bones, I felt safe eating it knowing, I would not get any piercing injuries in my mouth.
The patty seemed to have chicken in it as well, it was firmer than the usual fish patty, and the colour was slightly different, not so grey, but a peachy colour.
Before the patty was cooked, a coiled up long green bean was curled up like a coil and affixed to the patty by being pressed on top of the patty.
The patties were then served in rich brown gravy which contained black bean, slight chili and orange peel.
Overall, I felt that the Farmhouse dishes were very impressive, the quality was as good as the dishes in specialised Cantonese cuisine places.
If only the marketing was better with information available on their website with the daily specials, or a menu timetable with the full range of dishes that they plan to serve.
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)
Value for Money5