I've been meaning to try Max's for a while now so when I found out they were particpating in DineOutLA, decided to finally go.
The 3 of us had intended to go with the DineOutLA menu after looking through the menu, 2 of us decided to order of the menu while 1 did the DineOutLA prix-fixe.
The Hamachi Tartar app off the DineOutLA menu was nice, but nothing special. Off the regular menu, the Lumpia was good - delicate, skinny, and the asian slaw with it was a nice contrast to the meatiness of the lumpia. The Hamachi Carpaccio was by far the best of the 3 - thinly sliced hamachi topped with a citrus dressing and balanced with bits of avocado. Very good.
For entrees, the Halibut off the DineOutLA menu was again nice, but nothing special. Very well executed and fish was fresh, but it was no match for the Mushroom Risotto (with duck confit, arugula, shaved parmesan and truffle oil) that was ordered off the regular menu. The risotto was outstanding - creamy, mushroom goodness that was not at all skimpy on the duck meat or truffle oil. I've found that a lot of dishes that use truffle oil lose the smell/taste of it within a few bites but not this one!
Desserts were very disappointing. The coconut lime napolean (from the DineOutLA) menu sounded interesting but in reality was a mess of flavors. The Apple Tart was burnt and too hard.
Service was good throughout.
Total for 1 DineOutLA menu, 2 apps, 2 entrees, 1 dessert, 2 glasses of wine = $118 before tip.