I've been wanting to try Max's since they first opened and finally got the chance.
Now I've been to the *real* Max's in the Philippines so I had to try the chicken and the dessert to see how this place compared.
The family size chicken we ordered looked and tasted like it was missing something. Let me just say, it needed a lot of Banana Ketchup and I don't remember Max's Chicken in the Philippines being that bland.
We also ordered the Chicken Sisig. We were thinking about the Pork Sisig instead but the Chicken was recommended by our waitress. But boy was that mistake! It arrived and looked good, hot and fresh, but tasting it is a different story. Sisig included chicken liver which was hard and like eating rubber. My dad almost choked on it. We complained to the waitress and she said she would tell the kitchen, but we didn't get any discount on our meal.
We were interested in seeing what the -silog meals were like, and ordered the tapsilog (beef tapa, garlic fried rice and egg). The portion was pretty small for the price, but the beef was decent and the egg was cooked just right.
The only thing that saved the meal was the dessert! 2 scoops of ice cream for $2.79! AND the Halo-Halo was huge and delicious, but the ice cream scoop on top was too small (which is why we ordered the extra ice cream).
Everyone that ate there seemed to be 'dressed up'. The restaurant isn't fancy or anything, but maybe they just felt like it was a dress-up kinda place even if it felt more like a fast food place to me. Don't get me wrong, there are some really nice fancy fast food places in Asia, but at least there and especially in the Philippines, the service is outstanding! This place lacks charm and the servers need to be a bit more hospitable. Instead of just placing the dish on the table, maybe they can at least say what it is, or come back to check if we need more water...
Overall, the dishes were a bit pricey, and chicken wasn't worth it. Service needs improvement. Probably best to just go for the dessert!!