Five Dishes You Must Try at Max’s Restaurant

The Italians have pasta, Thais have Pad Thai and Japanese have sushi. When it comes to food, more often than not, a country is widely known for it’s cuisine. Most especially for it’s taste and bizarre persona. For Filipinos though, we have the lechon and balut – two of the most amazing dishes, in different spectrum. One is known for its all-over goodness and the other for its interesting character.

However, what most do not know is that there is more the Filipino cuisine can offer. And at Max’s Restaurant, a restaurant that has opened its doors since the World War II and continues to branch out around the Philippines, they serve the best local dishes that one must absolutely try. There’s a reason why it has lasted for decades, and remains to one of Filipinos favorite restaurant. 


A traditional Filipino stew made with peanut sauce is a delectable dish in every Filipino household. It’s chewy, yet tender meat goes perfectly when paired with bagoong (shrimp paste). Sweet and savory, this one is a classic.


In a tropical country like the Philippines, 80% of the year is warm. Smashingly warm. Which is why we result to iced desserts. Halo-halo is another traditional dessert with mixtures of different ingredients like beans, nata de coco, jellies, fruits and evaporated milk. Refreshing and delicious, this is one for the books.

Lechon Kawali

Lechon Kawali is entirely different than the famous lechon. It is made of pork belly that is boiled and then deep-fried to goodness. Every bite gives off that crispy, cracking sound. A mating call, if you could say, of how much Filipinos love their pork.

Dessert Platter

This one is special. All of Filipino’s favorite dessert is served on a single platter. Buko Pandan, Leche Flan, Brownie ala Mode and this Ube Maja are to die for. Perfectly sweet and satisfying, we wouldn’t have this for share. It’s that good.

Max’s Fried Chicken 

In its early beginnings, Maximo’s fried chicken has already been a favorite. The go-to fried chicken, if you must. Crispy and perfectly seasoned skin, and its juicy and tender flesh, gives it all away to being one of the best fried chicken in the Philippines. Let’s not forget the Camote fries too, which automatically comes with every order of the chicken. If there is Romeo and Juliet, there is Max’s fried chicken and camote fries.

Katrina Labra
Katrina Labra

Katrina Labra is the Assistant Editor of Zee Lifestyle. In her spare time, she should be doing yoga but she would rather get as much sleep as she can. Follow Katrina's adventures on Instagram at @katrinalabra.

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