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2 New appetizers at Max in Sherman Oaks

carter | Jan 20, 200810:29 AM

Went last Thursday night to Max, and was offered two new appetizers and two new entree specials in addition to the regular menu. The first appetizer was an ahi poke with a cucumber maki roll and hijiki seaweed while the second was a goat cheese quesadilla with roast lamb, garlic, aioli (as in maybe the one from the Oinkster?), and olive tapenade. Well, companion does not like goat cheese so he ordered the ahi poke while I got the quesadilla. Oh, my were they good.
The quesadilla was truly addicting, and so I naturally had to give goat cheese hater a taste of what he was missing, and his eyes lighted up like maybe there is life after all that hatred, or at least with the proper hands in the kitchen. He could not stop raving about it all night, in addition to the whitefish special which he devoured without even offering me a taste.
As to the ahi poke, it had one of the most sublimely Japanese tastes with not one flavor overpowering the others, yet the blending of tastes was sensational, as in one that might have been made by a master sushi chef. He shared a bite with me, and I asked Ray the server why these items are not on the menu, and while he agreed they should be, he also indicated they would be added in the very near future.
Then it was on to my favorite entree, Andre's duck breast served rare/medium rare. Still as good a duck dish as served anywhere in LA.
And with 3 glasses of wine, we still got out for under $70 per person, tip included.

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