Luckily with their store hours syncing with the mall my gf and I were able to do a quick stop by for a fill me up. While Maxim's is well known for their buns the space where they display their creations are hardly worth commendations but they're also far from grundgy.
Service is more or less self serve as the buns are individually wrapped or sits in self-serve cases. For whatever reason (including this trip) customers tend to rummage through each bun, seemingly looking for the "perfect" one. This sort of system tends to present the rude and fastidious but I digress.
The buns are mooncakes are still good but many bakeries these days have equal if not superior quality. I usually avoid the weiner and tuna buns as the turnover is low and they tend to sit until closing ensuring less fresh bites.
Perhaps out of convenience or name brand I still make the ocassional stop here..
The title tells the whole story. This place sells cakes and buns. The difference is that they are really good and fresh. On today's trip, I got chasiubow (of course) curry beef buns, a cream bun and some of the famous Maxim's cheesecake. All were terrific, although I have noticed a bit of price increase over the years. Service was decent enough, although no one seemed to respect the "take a number" tape at the entrance.
The whole place is clean and the delicious bakery aroma makes it hard to think straight... Today I saw one little tyke scurrying around and pounding on the glass display cases and demanding one of everything from his mum. I totally understood his emotions. Luckily, Mrs. C shares my bakery affection, so she will surprise me with cheesecake when I have been a good boy.
My only complaint is that the tuna danish looks like gao see, and they should sell the normal tuna buns. Other than that, it is bakery bliss.
Food: Buns, cakes and other pastries are quite tasty but sometimes too dry. They don't taste great the next day unless you re-heat them in the microwave for 20 or so sec unlike other bakeries where their buns are fresh for a few days. My staples from there include bbq pork bun, bbq pork pastry (cha sui sow), coconut buns, pineapple buns and egg tarts. Price is very good and if you buy over a certain amt, there's no tax.
Service: Much better than the Rmd location - take a number and they grab whatever you like. The only thing I don't like is how they try to shove buns into the smallest possible box - seems quite cheap when I always spend around $7 on buns and I get home to find they've all been reduced to the size of a spring roll and my pineapple bun is now a pineapple coconut mash.
Ambiance: It's take out, not dine in so great could it be? Clean though and buns are nicely laid out.
Will continue to go to this location as long as they stay as cheap as they do.
I have been here a couple times. I first visited their store on Victoria Drive, but this one is closer to home, plus it's right beside a T&T market. I really enjoy that you can pick out a selection of cake slices, and that they use real cream. Favourites are the mango mousse, raspberry mousse, chesnut, chocolate and fruit cocktail. I also really like their vanilla cheesecake.
I also like their pinapple danish with the custard.
But the best are the egg tarts. Rich and creamy, with buttery flakey pastry. mmmmmmm! And they're larger than most places, and they serve them warm. Well, at least everytime I've gone they've been warm.
They accept cash only, and they are usually busy. But definately worth the trip.
Maxim bakery is my favorite bakery for moon cakes. Every year I drive to the Richmond (more selection) location and Burnaby location to buy several boxes of the moon cakes. They have a lot of variety type of moon cakes and other pastries. My favorite moon cakes are the Thap Cam (mixed nuts), Vi Ca (shark fin), and Bao Ngu (albalone). The people was very friendly and helpful. They gave a good discount for large purchases.