Max's Fried Chicken "Sarap Kapiling"

It is one of those restaurants in Dubai that can help you cope up with your life as a Pinoy expatriate in the UAE, food wise, believe me. Whenever we crave for authentic Pinoy food, we run to Max's.

Sarap Kapiling eh!!!

Max's Fried Chicken became famous because of its signature fried chicken, created initially for the GI's by the owner and founders niece, now the best comfort food that all Filipinos love and grew up with. Without a doubt Max's Fried Chicken is also very popular because they are one of the restaurants  in the Philippines that serve the tastiest and most delicious Filipino food, now also serving in Dubai and Sharjah.

News Flash!!! On Monday, 13th April 2015 is the Grand opening of their Al Ain Branch.

We usually frequent their Sharjah branch but this time we went to dine at their Bur Dubai branch, near Bur Juman Center just next to Spinneys. As always, they are busy but despite that, we have always been well assisted by the staff. We were ushered to our table, the one at the corner tucked away from the hustle and bustle.

We ordered our all time favorites and tried some of the new addition to the menu.

While we were waiting for our food, drinks arrived and they are purple, white and brown. Exotic milk shakes we didn't expect to find, not new but something different, usually served as desserts now a drink. Ube macapuno (purple yam and young coconut) and buko pandan (young coconut and pandan flavored gelo) milk shakes. Yumminess overload!!!

Then the food parade started...

My vote is divided between the Beef Sisig and the Prawn Gambas con Aligue but it's going to be unfair to choose one because both dish are remarkable. The beef sisig reminded me of Aling Lucing's sisig and its really good I had to ask for extra rice to enjoy this seafood dish a little bit more. (Aling Lucing or Lucia Cunanan from Angeles Pampanga is the woman who invented variants of sisig that soon became nationally famous, she is dubbed as the "Sisig Queen" thus making her city Angeles the Sisig Capital of the Philippines) The Prawn Gambas con Aligue is so good I had to recreate it at home (for the love of prawns).

Juicy succulent Prawn Gambas con Aligue (aligue is the crabs eggs and fat that line its shell)
Maxs nailed it with their new Beef Sisig

Of course a meal at Max's is never complete without the chicken that built and made this restaurant famous for, lo and behold, Max's fried chicken served with sweet potato fries on the side. Crispy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside.You can order half or full or a meal.

Another new on the menu is the Sinigang na Ulo ng Salmon or Salmon head in tamarind based broth loaded with asian vegetables served on a clay pot (just the way we like it). My son Prince couldn't get enough of the sour soup while I devour the soft savory fish and crisp veggies.

We also had spicy fried rice and crab meat fried rice (all time favs) to go with our viands.

I must say that Max's beef sisig is by far the best beef sisig we have ever tasted in Dubai. I am actually craving for it while writing this.

We came to the end of our meal but still high with excitement because we knew what's coming. Max's dessert sample it our favorite. You get all four desserts in one plate.

gooey brownie topped with vanilla ice cream / silky smooth leche flan (creme caramel) / creamy buko pandan / melt in your mouth ube panna cotta

served with a hot cup of coffee with a bonus of a caramel square. It is simply the best way to end our dinner.

Sometimes somethings so good you cannot get enough of them, no worries because Max's have a corner for baked goodies you can order a take-away. My recommendation, try ube macapuno swiss roll.

My Yellow Bells

Carla is a lifestyle blogger based in Dubai who's thankful to call this ever-evolving city her second home. The pages of this blog are filled with stories about her expat life in the sandpit. It features dining and travel adventures in and around the city and beyond. It also features food recipes, parenting tips, and fashion style.

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