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|Address:||84 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LQ|
|Tel:||020 7589 5834|
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What can I say…the usual stereotypes apply. Don't go there if you are vegetarian etc…Maxela is a paradise for meat lovers. This is the outpost of a very successful Italian mini-chain. The beef comes from their own farm near Alba and it's aged 30 days and then shipped over. When it's received it is aged an additional 8 days at the restaruant site. And the result shows. Some of the cuts are in display (the restaurant doubles up as a butcher as well) and there isn't a single drop of blood in sight. My tagliata was very good although a bit more well done than I would I liked. My guests had the burger with melted lard and walnuts (yes it is as posh as it sounds) and the rib-eye (big slab of meat with just about the right level of salinity). The side dishes are a let down. They are slapped banged together. My cannellini beans were overcooked, the fries were the skinny type not well made at all. The service is a bit careless: we had to ask for bread twice, one of the side dishes was lost in transit and after we requested it twice it was cold when it reached us. Two espresso never materialized. The atmosphere was relaxed although not busy at all so we would have expected a much better service. We were told that lunchtime is quieter but the evenings are always fully booked. The bill was acceptable for this part of the world. Average experience. It could be a success but it needs to really sort out some basics before it's too late.