Max Restaurant Vs Aristocrat Restaurant
Before we left the Philippines we held von voyage parties and treated our family to a couple of dinners.
Prior to Marilou’s departure for Los Angeles, on 7th July, we went to Max Restaurant in Malate. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal, the service was good and the venue was family-friendly.
The food was so good. We had sinigang na hipon (there were lots of shrimps on the two pots provided, Max’ signature dish of fried chicken was delicious. It was soft and moist in the inside and crispy at the outside.
The kare-kare was to die for. It was so delicious in itself, the bagoong that went with it was almost redundant.
The fried pork bellies were so crunchy and good portion.
The fried bangus came with the most sour vinegar I have ever tasted that it send me coughing for a little bit. It was delicious though.
The glasses of pineapple juices were very much appreciated.
For afters we had a very cooling, very colourful buko pandan.
The amount of the food was too much for the nine of us that we had to have doggie bags for some of the leftovers.
Anyway fun and full stomachs were had by all.
On the eve of our own departure for London on the 12, we decided to bring the family we were living behind in the Philippines to Aristocrats Restaurant, also in Malate an adjacent to Max Restaurant.
I was feeling unwell then so I was unable to go. Instead Peter went with the Family.
After the meal they came to the hotel full of negative comments about Aristocrats.
They said it was so different from Max.
The service was atrocious. They had to remind the restaurant staff about their orders a few times. The food was okay to be fair but nothing special.
I think Aristocrat has become a victim of its own success. Once upon a time, it used to be the haunt of the moneyed class.
But due to Filipinos having more disposable income, there are more customers and potential customer wanting a bit of the Aristocrat’s reputation of long ago. Unfortunately the staff can’t cope with the increase demand, thus the service is now rudimentary. The waiting staff appear rather indifferent.
Peter was so annoyed that he wished now that he did not leave any trip, as the waiters did not deserve any. 🙂 🙂 🙂
So if I have to choose which restaurant to go to? I would definitely go for Max!