We tried the new menu at Max in Sherman Oaks last night and will definitely be returning.
The restaurant feels like a bistro now. It's brighter and the specials are listed on chalkboards. The place was packed and everyone seemed to be having a good time.
We started with the crab dumplings and the beet salad. Both were excellent. The dumplings, in particular, which are served in a light curry sauce, shouldn't be missed.
For mains we had the miso cod, the short ribs and the hamburger. The burger is pretty busy, but it's a good choice for those who like theirs fancy. The short ribs were delicate and rich. Miso cod is like the new grilled salmon on L.A. menus, but this one is as good as you'll find anywhere.
It's not a cheap place, but it is very fairly priced for the quality and experience. The service was excellent and the corkage fee was $12 a bottle.