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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.