Sunday, June 24, 2007

Max! Kitchen & Wines

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The key ingredients were all there: a good restaurant, fun company and excellent food.

We met at Max!, post-Just Heavenly Pleasures' official launch, to celebrate a quiet evening together. As it turned out, and I should have expected this, we took up most of the place upstairs at Max! and caused the glasses to shatter (figuratively speaking) with our loud chatter and excited conversations with each other.


There are times when I want to cry from sheer happiness upon tasting good food. Last night was one of those moments. My shiraz braised wagyu beef cheeks with mushroom ragout (RM60/US$18) was velvety smooth and melted in my mouth as I exhaled a sigh of pleasure. Max's dish will now be the standard against which I compare all wagyu beef preparations.


I also ate off Bald Eagle's and Nigel's plates, so I can vouch for the chargrilled lamb cutlets (RM50/US$15) and the seared tuna loin (RM28/US$8). The lamb cutlets were very tender and went well with the accompanying garlic confit, while the tuna was seared to a perfect crisp on the outside while remaining rare on the inside.

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The above is a selection of starters and mains ordered by the other food bloggers.


It was a wonder that I could still eat anymore after that orgasmic experience with the wagyu beef, but when the proprietor and chef, Max Chin, suggested a white chocolate tart, there was no hesitation in my reply as I absolutely LOVE white chocolate. The tart was nice, although I found it a little mild, tasting more cream than chocolate, but the crisp chocolate shell and the chocolate ice cream were a good foil for the white chocolate.

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The desserts selection was small, but satisfying. The warm, freshly prepared chocolate souffle which I swiped from Bald Eagle was extremely good.

P1030732 The food bloggers were excellent company. Nigel and Allan - once again, congratulations on your launch. It was indeed a pleasure to be able to celebrate the special day with you. Paprika, looking forward to more eating sessions with you. Love your pretty red earrings, by the way! And Hunky, don't forget to order wagyu beef cheeks on your next visit. :-) Mavis, love your photographs of pets! Soo Yin, small world, huh? :-) Who would have thought that you knew Bald Eagle all along?? Jason, WMW, Joe and Nicole, sadly, the long table was too long, but I heard the word nipple mentioned several times! Bald Eagle, thanks for sharing your food, dear. Splashie Boy, you and Paprika were great lightings people!! Boo_licious, thanks for organising this once again. It was definitely worth the wait!

Max! Kitchen & Wines
27, Tengkat Tong Shin
50200 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2141 8115


sooyin said...

Woohoo! First to comment...*grin*

OMG, the world is such a small small place, isn't it? =) Y'know, the two things that I remember most about Bald Eagle is that he always has an arrangement of lovely flowers in his office and that he always sends out jokes and funny videos to keep us entertained...*grin*

Was glad we finally got to meet (though we didn't really get to talk...apologies on my part!) was a fun-filled night, wasn't it?

Big Boys Oven said...

wah! we did miss such a launch.

Jackson said...

Arrr.... i miss that dinner!!!! Looks like u guys having so much fun !!! *red eye*

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

sooyin: yeah, the world, or rather KL, seems to be just two degrees of separation. Have you met fatboybakes? He knows everyone in KL. For him, it's just one degree *grin* It was nice meeting you, sooyin. :-)

big boys oven: the launch was lovely, what with the good food and live entertainment.

jackson: ya lor. why u never come one??? We missed you, dear.

boo_licious said...

Glad you liked it esp the wagyu beef cheeks. Could see u sitting quietly in the corner savouring every bite and gravy of it.

Paprika said...

Was nice seeing you again! And great to finally meet Bald Eagle too. You look like you were going to cry tears of joy when you were eating the wagyu. :-) Am definitely having that with Hunky next month!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

boo: oh was like a religious experience for me. hehehe. too bad fbb couldn't make it, huh?

paprika: aah, you didn't see me wipe that tear away, did you? ;-) Next month? Going there so soon? Oh ya, remind Hunky to claim his free chocolate souffle too. hehe.

tigerfish said...

You all are a lucky bunch. Sure knows how to share the food joy around.

Is that you with the camera ? ;p

fatboybakes said...

cis bedebah. [sulking]

HAHAHA, and as if by divine sign, the letter recognition for posting this comment is DUNFF!!!

Precious Pea said...

Sniff sniff..i missed all that!!!!! Not so much on the food...but the company!! Sniff sniff sniff!

Pink Elle said...

Wow, fantastic food and equally fantastic company...what else could be better? :)

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

tigerfish: yeah, I count myself blessed to have found this bunch of friends. and no, that's not me. I wish I could look half as good! haha.

fbb!!!! we missed ya!!!!! next time don't FFK, ok. :-P Never mind, I don't mind another trip together to Max. :-)

precious pea: we missed ya too!! Max had such nice things to say about you. :-)

pink elle:'s always a great combination. Next time join us. :-)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

it was great fun but u were so out of reach at the other end of the table..but didnt stop me from going over to take pictures of ur white choc tart! haha..

u know we shud hav more outings like this..cheaper food..the company im getting from u fellows is just so out of dis world haha..

wmw said...

While you were crying over your wagyu beef cheeks over at your corner, I was crying too over at my corner at the wagyu beef cheeks too...My tears of joy became tears of sadness when I ate the last piece and looking at my bowl...there was no more! Ha ha ha...

WokandSpoon said...

I love the dessert photos - left me drooling for more!

jason said...

It was a great night indeed! I'm glad that I tagged along although I felt like I'm "floating" around after the last drink!

Kenny Mah said...

Wow... looks shiok only, esp the choc ice-cream... so dark, must be rich and heavenly...

...but I was in Malacca with the Honeymooners, making sure they had a good time being tourists and feeding them. You'd be so proud of me! :D

Pity we hardly got a chance to chat during the launch though, but I was distinctly dazed and un-mingly... :P

MeiyeN said...

oh wow.. you all had lotsa fun! and again, i missed it.... :(

UnkaLeong said...

*sigh...wagyu beef. *sniff

/runs into FBB corner.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

joe: ya lor...I shall have to learn to arrive early next time to get a choice seat. hahahaha. The table was really damn long, man.

wmw: u were too far away for me to notice ur tears of joy la. At least you didn't have to share any with the guys on your left and right. :-P heehee.

wokandspoon: I got a lot more photos, but dare not post too many lor. hehe.

jason: i didn't notice u drinking alcohol? Or was it the c*&ksuc$ing cowboy drink that made u like that? lol.

kenny: You've done a great job with the honeymooners, dear. I'm sure they've appreciated every moment of it. Dazed and unmingly? Hardly! I noticed u were quite the attraction with the female under-30 population. ;-)

meiyen: do come for the next gathering! it's so much fun!!!

unkaleong: damn syiok, i tell u. we go there when u come back, k. :-D

Allan Yap & Nigel A. Skelchy said...

That was one heck of an evening. The food was great. The wine was good. But the one thing that stood out in my mind was the laughter we all shared. It is indeed a blessing to be amongst all of you. Thank you. :-)

Oh yeah and unkaleong, looking forward to taking you there.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Nigel: I can't imagine life before you. That was in the distant past. Now, I know what love is. :-P

Seriously though, we should all count ourselves blessed for finding each other in this blogosphere. Let's drink to that. :-)

msiagirl said...

With you in spirit! You lucky souls.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

hey msiagirl! wish you were here. really do.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

actually i find smaller crowds easier to mingle of course..unless u r like nigel walking around n socializing like a natural..or we could always have one of those fbb nites when everyone is looking at everyone..z

Timothy said...

Sigh. Again, I missed all the actions. Heck ... am I ever gonna get in the picture. Well .. maybe someday I shall. For now .. my schedules are very ugly. very very ugly.


KampungboyCitygal said...

lucky publicity fr 0ver 10 bloggers..hahahaa..everything looks good..we still haven step our food in yet..will save that up for occassions

jason said...

Haha, yeah that was the culprit. I just had 2 sips at first but Nigel insist that I finish it. ^^

Tummythoz said...

Me tears ran too at d sight of wagyu beef. Your wagyu beef. *sniff sniff blow nose*

teckiee said...

hais.. i was stuck with rice lauk pauk while you were having the delish stuff... sob sob

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

joe: I prefer smaller crowds too.

timothy: free up some time for us la. Aren't we worth it? ;-P

kampungboycitygal: I'm sure there'll be lots more opportunities for us to meet up at Max or other eateries.

jason: practice makes perfect. Let's drink to that.

tummythoz: haha. yeah, even the sight of wagyu beef is mesmerising.

teckiee: we do another trip for u, k. :-)

Melting Wok said...

My godddddd, holy moly jesus bejesus..look at all the foodddddddd ??@_* How much did you guys order ? Your pix. are very appetizing *sob* I'm so glad you guys had fun :))