Tuesday, June 02, 2009

MAX.@ iHAUS; Western Dining, Wines & Events

Remember Max! Kitchen & Wines? Formerly located at Tengkat Tong Shin, this favourite fine-dining place of mine has recently moved to the Imbi area. Partnering with the owner of iHaus - a German Interior Showhaus that offers international brand names in furniture, Max took over MunchHaus which is the former restaurant at iHaus.

Max.@ iHaus is located at a double storey bungalow at Jalan Jati, off the busy Jalan Bukit Bintang. Do refer to the location map attached at the end of this post.

Unlike the previous outlet at Tengkat Tong Shin, parking is no longer an issue when dining at Max. Ample of parking spaces are available at the compound of iHaus.

I shall say, dining at the new Max. is like dining at home. We were greeted with these at the dining area the moment we stepped through the door. 4

The feeling was like walking into someone's mansion, with style and elegance. I mentioned earlier iHaus is an interior showhouse, hence these furnitures and fittings are for sale. This new place is definitely much more spacious and cozier. Max told us that the living room upstairs will be catered for social events. 5

It was a HOT afternoon and together with my Makan Gang, Boolicious and WMW, we decided to chill at Max after having 3 sessions of lunch! This is the 'living room' area overlooking the 'kitchen' area. A very cozy corner to spend the afternoon doing nothing but sipping sparking wine...ahhhh...

I am not kidding when I said about spending the afternoon sipping sparking wine. We did ordered a bottle of Prosecco on a Friday afternoon, doing nothing but sipping wine from 3 to 5 p.m. Ahhh....bliss!

Cheers to the 3Fs!! Friendship, Food and more Food!!

No wonder designer sofa comes with a hefty price. So comfortable that you don't even feel like getting up! That was exactly what happened on that day. We decided to laze around till my Hubby and Splashie Boy (Boo's bf) joined us at Max. after work. From the 'living room' area, we were escorted to the private room which is also going to be the Wine Room.

Of course, dining in the Wine Room would not be complete without ordering any wine at all. So here goes, our first bottle: Trapiche Malbec.

And second bottle...Weighbridge Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. Not a wine expert so no comment.

For the dinner, we basically left it to Max to decide on our order. Good news for those who are regular of Max. I studied the menu and found a number of new dishes! We were even luckier that night to be served with Lokum Clams which is not in the menu due to seasonal availability. Our first dish of Lokum Clams were grilled and drizzled with lemon oil. Simple yet BIG on taste. I enjoyed every single drop of the clam juice - so '' (sweet essence from fresh seafood)

Our second servings of the Lokum Clams (RM35 for 10 pieces) was equally as good as the first. The cheesey aroma was such a killer. It made me speed up my photo taking process...cos...

......I just want to dig in as soon as possible. I just couldn't decide which version is better; the grilled for the natural sweet taste or the cheese-baked for the aromatic rich taste. Well, I lurrrveee both!

A new salad dish in the menu which I have not tried before. This dish is called "Meli-Melo of Mushroom with Soft Poached Egg, Fresh Mesclun Greens and Balsamic Reduction" priced at RM28. If I ever go on a diet, this will be my staple food.

Just when I thought the earlier salad we had was good, I totally enjoyed the next. No! Those were not pan fried radish cake. Wanna take a guess what it was?? Cheese!!!! The "Roasted Beet Salad with Warm Haloumi Cheese, Sunflower Seeds and Granhill Apple Vinaigrette" won our hearts! I enjoyed the cheese; crispy and aromatic on the outside, chewy and soft on the inside. Highly recommended for cheese lovers.

Still on appetizer, next was the "Seared Sea Scallops on Grilled Provencale Vegetables, Octopus Ragout with Olives and Lobster Oil" priced at RM48. Max told us those scallops were of A10-size..the biggest available. My focus was shifted towards the gravy instead. The lobster oil lends a very rich prawn flavour to it and we requested for extra bread to wipe the bowl clean!

Finally, the first main dish for the night: "Matelote of Codfish Fillet in Red Wine Jus with Shallot, Fresh Tarragon and Field Mushroom" (RM55). I always find eating codfish is like eating scallop....firm and sweet! I had extra dose of Omega-3 that night cos I finished off the piece of seared skin too. Gelatinously yummy!!!

I always look forward to lamb dishes when I dine at Max. I was happy to see my all-time favourite Lamb Roulade is now part of his menu called "Lamb Roulade with Cutlet, Grilled Zucchini and Eggplant Tart, Garlic Confit and Rosemary Jus" (RM60). 22

Finally, our last main course for the night.."Australian Veal Chop - Cognac flambeed Chanterelle and Cepe Mushroom Melange". Priced at RM95 for 300 gram piece of veal. 23

Look at the pinkish meat! So tender and juicy. To enjoy such fresh piece of meat, just sprinkle a bit of salt over it to enhance the taste.

I really like the new Max. @ iHaus. Such a nice and cozy ambience to wine and dine with friends. Perfect place for celebration and hosting events too.

Max.@ iHaus: Western Dining, Wines and Events is located at:
Lot No. 32 Jalan Jati
Off Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel. No: 603 - 2142.9720
Opens daily from 11.00 a.m. till 11.00 p.m.


Sugar Bean said...

Love the interior design of the restaurant, like you said, it looks cozy. Nice ambiance. Would love to dine in this place. ^^

Cindy Khor said...

the clam looks delicious.... and those yummy looking seafood really is appetizing...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

cant c the map properly!! cant seem to enlarge..

i hope i roughly knw where this is..bcos the pictures reminds me of how long it has been since i went!

SimpleGirl said...

wat a nice fine dining place...the lamb looks good...

Life for Beginners said...

Fantastic! A new place for an old face, yes? ;)

550ml jar of faith said...

Wow, what a brilliant afternoon & evening spent! Lustful food & drink! I had no idea Max had moved, looks like a trip downtown is long overdue!

Selba said...

The interior of the restaurant looks nice.

Oh my.. the lokum clams definetily is the winner :)

Emile Zola@life said...

Good place and good food...You are lucky to have chance to try out good food,envy you...

KY said...

arghh, been wanting to go to Max Kitchen forever but just didn't manage to get my ass over there. T_T

thenomadGourmand said...

wahh..thks. u juz helped me to make up my mind on what to order! hehe..
Read so much abt it really..but nvr tried.

Bangsar-bAbE said...

The place sure looks lovely! And the food looks absolutely divine...especially the veal!

sc said...

wah, been there since friday afternoon? shiok-nya! *envy*

thule a.k.a leo said...

familar with this area... heading there soon :) but have to make sure that someone is taking care of my baby before that... lol!!!

J2Kfm said...

do they have set lunches like last time? way back then.

a leisurely lunch is fine, but to imagine cramping the delightful meal into a one hour affair.

scallops + cod + veal + lamb ...
i'm on hyper.


This place looks seriously cool! Anyone can help babysit my brat please????

babe_kl said...

sounds good. i just saw the notice and map this morning pasted at their old place

::. Anton ::. said...

Good place for fine dining!


foodbin said...

nice place to dine-healthy looking salad.

mimid3vils said...

I don't like salad but urs make me drooling~~

Julian Si said...

Super recommendation by Masak Masak, MAX CHIN was a wonderful host and we had a super dinner there a few nites ago :-)

terri@adailyobsession said...

i'm taking this down. my goodness, u guys can really eat. and drink too. such a good life, u sure u wanna move to melb??

Simon Seow said...

I will surely order scallop. So big!!! I didn't even have a chance to try the previous Max.

Anonymous said...

hi, do you know the website for this place?

dining tables said...

Everything is just so perfect. The house is so impressive. The foods and the place is so perfect for a fun party. I wish I was one of your guests.

Susan Graham said...

Wow! You guys did an amazing job!It's just perfect!

Anonymous said...

wow...amazing!!!!nice one!

barn plans said...

Wow, the interior design is really gorgeous and cozy. The lighting is just perfect. I'm loving it.


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