Restaurants & Bars

Max and David's, Elkins Park, PA

Bashful3 | Feb 25, 200805:21 PM

I'm going to paste my review from the KOsher Board, but add a few anecdotes. One does not have to keep Kosher to enjoy this restaurant. We were surprised to meet good friends of ours there, who would not ordinarily eat Kosher food--he being a gourmet chef.
The proud owner, Steve Katz, told a story of how he took his whole staff to the finest N. Y. Kosher restaurants to show them by example what he wanted in his new restaurant. They he took them to Philadelphia, to show them what he didn't want in his Kosher restaurant! Oh, that isn't nice, but I got a kick out of it. Anyway, he succeeded; we loved the place, and so did our observant daughter.

Our daughter also commented (we would not have known), that for a Kosher restaurant the prices were quite reasonable. Pricey yes, but for real quality. Pasting, from the Kosher Board:

Max and David's, Elkins Park, PA
Our 10th anniversary treat for our daughter and son-in-law was a hit all around. Gracious service; lovely decor, hard-to-choose from menu. I have to say this is the best upscale Kosher food I have eaten, including some lovely places in N. Y . C. The appetizers were unbelievable. Hubby and I shared the homemade chopped chicken liver with caramilezed onions, ($6.75) and Turkish mini Lamb Meatballs with Pomegranage & Pine Nuts ($8) OUr daugher so enjoyed her duck Confit with Kumquat Marmalade ($12) that she let her main dish grow cold while she polished off every crumb.

My main dish of Pan Seared Bronzino with Romanesco Sauce ($24) came with wonderful roast vegetables and apricot almond rice--it was excellent. Our son-in-law relished his choice--Steak Frites with M& D mixed fries ($23,50), medium rare just as he wished. My hubby was so full after his additional soup appetizer ($5)--spicy Southwestern Chicken Soup that he only ordered veggie side dishes for his main--chard, yukon gold mashed, and Moroccan carrot confit. I got tastes, and enjoyed each of them.

Desserts and coffee just fine, but we were pretty full after the meal, and only shared a couple of them. Relatively small place that does not take reservations--I would suggest coming early on a weeknight to be sure of getting a table. It was pretty full by 5:30. Oddly enough, we met close friends of ours from Elkins Park, and our daughter met a work-colleague from Philly who was there with her family. Our friend told us they had come the day before, early, on Sunday, and could not get in--there was a mob outside the door. So, be warned: this place is great. 8120 Old York Road, 215-885-2400. Use your GPS, it's a tad hard to find, tucked in a small shopping plaza.

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