After a brief phone discussion Ed from Yuma and I decided on China Max Seafood Restaurant for Dinner.
Though a bit pricey, the quality of the food has always been excellent, and the service very friendly and accommodating. The restaurant is bright and clean, though the noise level can be quite high. Even though typical Cantonese fare is available, this has become more of a splurge (within reason) type of restaurant for us.
As I exited my car, Ed pulled up alongside, and we entered and were seated immediately. Though reservations are probably recommended we had no problem getting a table. Ed also mentioned that he had never eaten here for dinner! Though the lunch specials are good (approx $7.75), you've never really experienced China Max until you've had the Peking Duck - two courses. Since it was the two of us, we ordered the Fresh Spotted Prawns (market price - 26.95/lb for our meal), Crab Cakes, and of course the Peking Duck two ways.
The first item to arrive was the Spotted Prawns, large (U-8), moist, and cooked perfectly this dish was served with the requisite soy-based dipping sauce, except that strips of ginger and some jalapenos were added. Mild in flavor, with hints of the sea, we first tried this without the dipping sauce, than with, and found that just a touch of sauce balanced the taste of this dish out. By the way, if you love "sucking heads" you'd be in heaven here.
Next up was the Pan Fried Crab Meat Cake ($8.00). 4 moist, rich Cakes were served and when we bit into it there was a hint of Wasabi. This dish went well with tea .
As we were finishing up, the waitress started wheeling a cart toward us, on top of which sat two platters, one empty, and one with a whole Peking Duck. Peking Duck - two courses ($32), is served cart style and carved at your table. Makes quite a show. The waitress, or waiter first carves all the skin and some meat off the duck (watch all those juices - mmm-yoso!!!!), than prepares the "buns" by first spreading some hoisin, than placing a slice of cucumber on the bottom, than covering with the slice of duck, than placing the other bun on top creating a neat little sandwich.
The taste? Sublime...... The cucumber provided a nice palate cleansing effect, and the amount of hoisin is perfect. The duck is mild, yet rich, creating a nice balance.
Once the plating is complete, the waitress returned the duck to the kitchen and returned a few minutes later with the second dish. The duck is minced and stir fried with water chestnuts and served in lettuce cups. This was very flavorful, moist, and cooked perfectly. We were too busy chowing down on this that we forgot all about the rice that was brought out with this!
Though our meal was on the expensive side ($65), it was well worth it. China Max also serves Dim Sum off the menu for lunch (though I still think Emerald is better), has lunch and late supper specials priced at about $7.75. Though I've been told that the Peking Duck - two courses has to be ordered a day in advance, I've always ordered it straight off the menu with no problem.
China Max Seafood Restaurant - 4698 Convoy Street #C101
Open 11-11 Daily
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