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A lesson in boutique charm, Brasserie Max combines homeliness with a sense of style – no wonder it’s popular with visiting celebs staying at the Covent Garden Hotel. Equally pleasant for breezy
business lunches, chic afternoon tea or dinner à deux, the menu is a mix of classics & on-trend favourites ranging from Dorest crab with avocado & paprika mayo, veal chops & Dover sole
to Thai beef salad, pepper-crusted yellowfin tuna, & roast cod with chorizo & saffron potatoes. Apart from the occasional misfire, the cooking is mostly on target (witness well-balanced
crispy sea bass with ginger-steamed Asian greens & sesame), & desserts such as plum tarte tatin or dark chocolate brownie rarely disappoint. The wine list features plenty of decent choices,
& super-smooth service is a bonus.
Girls. Girls work together. They play together. They get their nails done together. They share a glass of wine together. They say terrible things about work colleagues together. And then they go to dinner together.Which is funny, because I would have thought that in going to dinner together, they would have been able to eat together. I guess Brasserie Max – up until now a particular favourite of mine – has opted to take the Wagamama approach to food, however. (Meh, whenever its ready.)One of my work colleagues – a dear friend – recently recieved the annual staff award at our office and to celebrate we treated her to an evening out at Brasserie Max, the chic & snug restaurant on the ground floor of the Covent Garden Hotel on Monmouth Street.The atmosphere of the hotel is everything I love about Covent Garden. In fact, I love all the Firmdale Hotel chain restaurants. They have comfy chairs, grand zinc bars, perfectly cooked yumlicious food (yes, I said yumlicious) and they can happily accommodate any dietary requirement...
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