Maxim

153-155 Northfield Avenue , London, W13 9QT

020 8567 1719

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SquareMeal Review of Maxim

Known affectionately as ‘Mrs Chow’s’, Maxim is “an Ealing institution”, according to one regular who has been frequenting this family-run restaurant for more than 20 years. The interior still has an “80s Chinese feel”, and the kitchen stays with a wide-ranging repertoire of generic dishes with nods to Peking cuisine. Barbecued spare ribs and aromatic crispy duck are signature specialities, but the lengthy menu also spans everything from grilled dumplings and deep-fried squid to shredded pork with Szechuan cabbage, braised chicken with lemon or steamed lobster with ginger and spring onion – all bursting with “wonderful flavours”. To finish, keep it classic with deep-fried banana and apple slices. Prices have crept up over the years, but sensible ordering should keep bills in check and there are handy set menus for sharing too.

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8.0

Food & Drink: 8.0

Service: 7.0

Atmosphere: 6.0

Value: 6.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Nicole G. silver reviewer 15 January 2014

Maxim is an Ealing institution. I know because I've been going there since I was a child and their food has always been superb. In this era of interior designed venues, Maxim has a slight ‘80s Chinese’ decor which I don't think has been altered for over 10 years but it's always busy due to the beautifully cooked and presented dishes which were full of wonderful flavours. That's why I was so disappointed by my last visit there. After over 20 years of visiting the restaurant, we've definitely developed a preference for certain dishes on the menu, which means we are perfectly placed to make a direct comparison regarding quality and taste between visits. The BBQ spare ribs were lukewarm. Still succulent but it’s somewhat unpleasant to receive obviously reheated food in a restaurant. The chicken in cashew nuts had a disproportionate amount of nuts, too little chicken and not enough sauce. All I could taste were cashews. In contrast, the king prawns in chilli sauce were overwhelmed with sauce and chopped onion, the chillies lending only a visual presence. The sauce was too sweet in the ‘sweet and sour’ category which was not remotely what we wanted. It also unfortunately reminded me of the cook in sauce you can buy in those jars in Sainsbury's. Not the standard you want for a dish that costs £13.90. The crispy duck was also slightly overcooked and somewhat dried out. However the prawn crackers, plain fried noodles and beef with spring onion were absolutely lovely. It was a Saturday night and the restaurant was full so obviously people are still enjoying the food but it's certainly not a cheap night out. Their prices have risen substantially over the years and with the quality of food we had, it seemed too much to spend on something that was somewhat mediocre. I've been going there too long not to give them another chance to prove that this was just an aberration from an otherwise really good quality restaurant since it would be a real shame if they were letting their standards slip to this extent.

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