As i was walking down ventura blvd. one afternoon, i stumbled on a small restaurant nestled in between La Fondue and Maria's Italian Kitchen. I had seen the Fondue restaurant before but i had never eaten there and i had also seen maria's but ate there at another location, so i was familiar with their cuisine. Max's location is what drew me to come inside and as i entered its small and quaint atmosphere had me coming back for more and more. It has a beautiful enclosed patio and though their seating is limited, they will always find some sort of way to accomadate you and your party. not only is this restaurant beautiful, its food is simply AMAZING. For an appetizer, i would reccomend Max's ahi tuna towers, this delicate appetizer is plated beautifully with a small rice round piled high with seared ahi tuna wasabit tobiko, seaweed, ginger, and cucumber salad. this dish only serves three but its taste will linger as you await to order your next course. As an entree, i prefer the lemon-rosemary seared ahi, the lobster risotto, braised beef shortribs, tamarind-guava glazed baby back ribs and the filet mignon. All of these dishes are well prepared in good size portions. the chef uses the most fresh ingredients and the weekly specials keep Max's us regulars very happy! However, a good meal is never over until it is finished off with something sweet. Max's whips up my favorite dessert, a granny smith apple galette, this fantastic finish is almost like a tart. They use a small plate size rounded piece of puff pastry and tops it off with atleast one granny smith apple. The apples are sliced in rounds and it creates this beautiful spiral decoration is topped off with ice cream and caramel sauce. This restaurant, bottom line, hands down, is the best place to go for great service, great food, and a wonderful atmosphere.
Pros: Amazing Food, Amazing Service, Amazing Ambience
Cons: Limited Seating, and they aren't open for lunch!