We ate at Max for the first time last night. Food: very good. Service: below average.
I had and enjoyed the lumpia starter. Very tasty, but not as good as my friend Remy's. Still, my husband was ogling them and I had to give up two of them to him. I would order it again, but might like to try something else, too. He started with the lobster & crab ravioli and polished the plate. I can't stand fennel, so I didn't try it.
I had the pepper steak for dinner. A very tender and delicious piece of meat. In fact, there were two pieces and I brought one home to scarf later this weekend. The potato-gorgonzola gratin was very good when it was fresh and hot but got a little gluey as it cooled. My husband had the thai red curry pineapple shrimp and liked it very much. He usually doesn't like cooked pineapple (go figure, I love it), but still would order this again. He was warned that it would be spicy, but did not find it "warning worthy."
We didn't have dessert, but I would like to have a crack at that banana coconut custard one of these days.
The service was really below average. I think our waitress was too busy, as she rarely checked in with us after we got our orders in. We had to flag people down for more water, the check, etc. We were not offered more bread (not that we needed it, but you like to be asked).
We would go back, I think. The food was quite good. We're used to Westside prices, so the bill seemed pretty reasonable for a mostly nice dining experience.