This place has been around a bit and is being discovered with utter joy. Its like you have managed to get Jessica Alba as your girlfriend, and now introducing her with glee to your friends. I am certainly not the first to discover this restaurant. Had the unbelievable set lunch at just RM22++ which was ridiculously priced (they could have charged me RM40++ and it would have still been worthwhile). It was so good, I had to go back twice to make sure I sample most of the things on the menu, they all sounded so good. So, went back for another lunch but ordered a la carte, and went back again at night this time for the degustation` menu (a sampling of almost everything on the menu).
Max is an ex-lawyer who found something more fulfilling to do. He has worked at a number of 5 star international hotels as chef and decided to do something on his own. For the food quality, its probably 30%-40% cheaper than at other similar outlets such as Cilantro (closed for renovation), Third Floor or Lafite. The items are generally good to sublime. As there are more than 20 items on the menu, I shall only name the sublime - get the lamb chops drizzling with heated mint sauce, the duck leg.. anyway he does it is fine, the unagi/duck liver and the yabbies. Though not a big fan of cooked fish, my friends said they were excellent as well. The desserts are pretty awesome too. Probably takes you 3-4 times to try everything, have the degustation` menu.
If you think the pictures I have stolen from other food bloggers look good, the food tastes even better. Wine list is more than decent, although the OZ list is pretty shabby, could have gotten better labels. They have an open kitchen concept, so you can view how they cook if your meal if you wish - adds to the charm. As its a pre-war shoplot, it has a lot of rustic charm. Great place to take your friends from overseas.
The place: Max, Kitchen & Wines
27 Jalan Tengkat Tong Shin, next to Sao Nam, 10 meters from the famous charsiew shop and 30 meters from Ngau Kee. Parking is a bitch, just pay the guys and park.