Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Max! Kitchen and Wines Lunch @ Jalan Inai, Bukit Bintang

You didn't think that my farewell meal series would have ended so prematurely after an Indian meal and a Potluck party, would you?

Well, here you go, another meal for the road.


Now if one must be refreshed as to how i got the inspiration to start this blog and more particularly how i coined the title "Lots of Cravings", i got from a secretary i befriended at my workplace. She was heavily pregnant when we became lunch buddies, and if you haven't figured it by now, she had to satisfy many "cravings" before she went to labour. You should have seen the joy after each lunch session.

Hence Lots of Cravings.


Fast forward, Lots of Cravings continues, she has gone on to be pregnant again and Max Kitchen and Wines has moved to a new sparkling place at Jalan Inai where it doubles up as a furniture showroom.


Now the last time i went to Max Kitchen on a weekend, i was told that there was no set lunch much to the dismay of my wallet. This time around, we were greeted with a set lunch menu which gives you the choice of salad or soup and duck or fish for RM25 excluding service charge. Desserts is an extra RM14-15 and Coffee is RM8.

As usual, you will get their signature bread to be dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The key difference here is that the balsamic vinegar has been reduced to a sweet thick texture, which is very much different from the norm italian style.

The Salad was a simple one, with Feta cheese, olives, assorted vegetables and a light balsamic vinegar dressing. 

Don't want to feel like a rabbit? Have a pea soup that is flavoured with ham. I always thought that Max Kitchen was a "no pork" place, so the question now is, was it really beef ham?

Both of us thought that the duck sounded more appetising over the Dory but if you are looking for a substantial portion that will put you into sleep after lunch, don't look here. We had slices of smoked duck breast which had the texture of ham (not a bad thing) served with a mushroom ragout, the sauce is similar to what you may find in his mains served during dinner. Light and refreshing, i would say.

Now if one thing Max Kitchen seems to lack the oomph, it is the desserts. The brownie seem to lack the texture of a brownie, rather it tasted like a normal sponge cake, even the sauce and fruits, not to mention the ice-cream managed to save this rather disastrous dish.

Overall, looking for a nice place to catch up over lunch, for under RM30 excluding dessert and coffee, Max Kitchen is really the place to go to. 

Address and contact details:

Lot 32, Jalan Jati,
Off Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-21429720

Opens daily from 11am to 11pm

I know this is not Halal certified because of alcohol but i really don't remember it serving pork

Turn into Jalan Inai (the road opposite Ritz Carlton) and it is right at the end of the street. If you look carefully, there are signboards along the way to the restaurant.

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. It is one of those places that can blow your mind off provided if you have a bigger wallet for it, otherwise the simpler lunch set shows glimpses of what Max can offer, a pity about the dessert.


J said...

The lunch looks good! Pity that it's located in the middle of KL's traffic jam central area tho - no way I can ever get there unless I take leave. :(

Baby Sumo said...

Their souffle is very good. But I think you only get that from the a la carte menu. Never seen it on the lunch menu.

thule a.k.a leo said...

I finally spotted this place when I went for my friend's wedding at Noble Banquet last month :)

Sean said...

i'm curious about where your final dinner/lunch will be before you leave! :D

jason said...

Still... donno where is Jalan Inai is. :p

Hey, hope you have a great new life in Melbourne!

CUMI & CIKI said...

can u please stop eating like therz no 2mro? because there is u know.. there is a 2mro... :P

qwazymonkey said...

Seriously, i second C&C's comment. I go missing from the blog world a few days and you've already got 5 new post! Save some stomach space for melbourne food lah

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jon: i could have been much worse man..

c&c: if u must know, its only 2 meals a day..haha

jason: haha GPS..

sean: well too many, lets c how the blogging mood is.

leo: yeah its inside that area.

babysumo: its a hit and miss with desserts, havent had a good one from the many times i have gone.

j: well not really. 2 hrs incl traveling?

eiling lim said...

this is still my favourite place for dinner ever!

Hampers said...

Nice blog with nice pictures makes your blog super yummy. Bread dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar makes a perfect combination and really tastes well.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hampers: yes its quite yummy haha.

eiling: but its quite exp wor.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where Max going?

Make a call to Ihaus and was inform he has left since september 2010.