Maxim's has been serving Hong Kong favourites for over 30 years.
I always go to Maxim's bakery for the famous cheesecake. It is truly the best you can get in Vancouver. I was in Chinatown recently, and finally climbed the stairs to try the restaurant above the bakery. It was small and mostly clean. You can see the kitchen from the booths, so there is a show with lunch...
I had the squid in curry sauce with french fries. It is a combination I never would have thought of, but it works. The curry sauce is more of gravy, and the squid hits the right balance between chewy and tender. It was pretty good (be sure to dip your fries). Once I had the julienne pork with noodles and soup which is a bit on the spicy side, but in a good way.
They also have a lot of mini-meal choices, which I haven't tried.
There are better places to go for a quick meal, like Hon's, but none have bakery as good as Maxim's. The baked buns are fabulous, and if you go near closing you can get a bag of the steamed buns very cheap. Did I mention the cheesecake?
Came here for a mid-afternoon top up. Until recently I had no idea there was a restaurant upstairs the popular namesake.
Quickly seated the smallish menu was under the lexan of each tables. I had a hard time choosing but ended up with the Shanghai Chow Mein and a Chicken Congee to share, and a Cold Milk Tea for the lady. The chow mein was the better of the two, with a good dark colour and perfectly cooked broad noodles. They are skimp with the meats and vegetables in both dishes. The beef, mushrooms and cabbage are sparce in the noodles while the congee had small pieces of chicken scattered throughout. I did like the addition of an egg stirred into the congee as well as the sesame oil drizzled on top. Portions are on the smaller end.
Prices lean on the less frugal, for example, the Milk Tea was $3 while soda comes in close to $2.
Service was prompt with waitresses running back and forth between the aisles.
Tired decor but kept reasonably clean. The vinyl seating in our booth was worn through and mended with packing tape though I suppose it fulfills it's purpose.
Seems like a lot of regulars come here since a lot of the waitresses knew the patrons. Can't really see the appeal beyond the name. Probably not worth coming back, considering what's around the area.
They have the mini menu after 2pm. It has about 12 varieties for $5.25 including a hot drink. My table ordered Beef Stirfry Rice Noodle, Baked pork chop on rice and Baked Seafood on rice. The Rice Noodle come very fast. It comes hot, so you know it was just cooked. However, there are a few burned orion. The baked pork chop dish is cold. The pork chop is not crispy. The sauce on top is not hot like it just come out of the oven. The rice doesn't taste like it has been fried before. Compare to the regular menu of $7.95, it would be cheaper to order a big one and share.
The drink is pretty good. The HK style tea is pretty smooth.
Service is good. With a full house, service is pretty prompt. They refill the water pretty frequently.
This restaurant locate at the 2nd floor, so some elderly might find it difficult to climb up the stairs.
we've been customers of Maxim's for 15 years. honestly i really don't know what's so great about this place. my parents goes there for lunch everyday. seriously. i usually pay a visit with them once a week before i start work as well. their servers are quite friendly with us, since we're regular customers, everyone knows us already.
personally, i really enjoy eating their curry brisket with rice. their curry sauce is really good and there isn't any other hong kong styled cafe that makes it as good as maxim. (not that i know of) please try their baked pork chop on rice as well. these two dishes are one of their famous ones.
their bakery is always good, pineapple bun is addictive. as well as their egg tarts
pricing is fair. spending $10 here can leave you with a take-out bag if you're a light eater like me. their 3.75 breakfast meal is also a good bargain. sausages/bacon/ham with eggs or a selection of meats with noodle in soup with a coffee and bun.
I went to the Maxim's Restaurant couple months ago with my dad and sister. The place was clean and the staffs were nice. The food was freshly made and came quickly. We ordered cream spaghetti, beef chow mien, fish congee and a piece of cake for each of us. The portions were pretty big and tasty. The price for the food was pretty fair. We will definitely return.
I love their coconut filled buns! They have a fairly good selection of buns, cake, and desserts.
Sometimes they have specials for freshly baked chinese bakery. You can get like three buns for a buck and a little bit. That's a great price for bakery.