As I explained to my dinner guest that the name Max referred, I believe, to a son of the chef/owner Andre Guerrero, he mentioned Max au Triangle, of years gone by in Beverly Hills, one of Joachim Splichal's earlier culinary adventures. One reason for the comparison might have been the duck confit risotto we were biting into with mushrooms, arugula, parmesan and truffle oil for $17.95. It just works beautifully. The familiar seared Ahi for $21.50 in ponzu is made memorable with the addition of a garlic aoli and tempura green beans, while a simple green salad for $7.50 stands out with a pungent Humboldt Fog goat cheese. You might think it was a cheese dinner but that's how we ordered including the special soup of the day - asparagus with a goat cheese crouton for $7.
We finished with a wonderful bruleed lemon tart for $6.95 that was probably only better when it was fresh out of the oven. Bread was warm and crusty. The wine program isn't too adventurous but still a Villa Mt. Eden Chardonnay and somebody else's pinot noir kept my guest content. Service was friendly, attentive and somewhat breathless given that the room was packed and, yes, that was a famous country singer sitcom star in the corner. This was my second spur of the moment stop in the last six months. The next one will definitely be planned.