It’s no secret that I love the atmosphere at Max Londons. It’s comfortable, welcoming, and trendy. While my favorite spot is sitting at the bar or grabbing a table for brunch, I realized that I don’t often dine at Max Londons for dinner, and I needed to figure out why.
The brunch menu is awesome. So many delicious options – I never get tired of it.
The dinner menu, in comparison, is rather limited. While there are plenty of menu items including salads, pizzas and pastas, if you’re looking for something else, you’re not going to find much outside of that.
Hey, for those summer nights when you’re looking for something light and want to share a small pizza and an appetizer, it’s perfect. But if you’re in the mood for a real hearty meal, it’s just not going to cut it unless you’re willing to spend the money.
The dining room is a good size, comfortable seating and usually dependable, polite waitstaff. They always bring over a cold bottle full of tap water for the table, which is great because you never have to worry about asking for more water.
Saratoga Olive Oil and Balsamic are also at every table, which makes my heart sing because those combined with the bread from Mrs. Londons is my favorite.
Moving back to the regular menu – since I’m obsessed with the chickpea polenta fries ($9.50), I decided it would be a crime not to write about them again.
Golden and crispy on the outside, the inside is creamy and satisfying. Well, usually. But this particular night they weren’t great. It was almost like there was something missing from the flavor of the fries, leaving it tasteless unless dipped in the black olive aioli.
The black olive aioli however, is great – it’s salty, it’s creamy, and just simply delicious. And luckily for the fries this time, it was their saving grace.
For my entree, I really didn’t feel like pizza or pasta, so I ordered the cajun rubbed trout with broccoli rabe and a wild rice medley ($23)
So I’ll just come out and say it – I’ve never had trout before, which is precisely why I ordered it. The fish itself, I didn’t love, but the spices and seasonings on the fish were really good. It had a kick of spice but mostly just warm spices cooled off with a bit of citrus. The taste I truly did enjoy, I just would have enjoyed it more on a better piece of fish.
The broccoli rabe was nicely roasted, and the wild rice ended up being my favorite part of the meal. The rice had a very complimentary flavor profile with the seasonings on the fish, and truly made the meal feel like a hearty dinner that kept me full for the rest of the night.
When it comes down to it, I think Max Londons is a great spot to hang out and grab drinks and food, but it completely depends on the type of meal you’re looking for. If you’re starving and you want something that’s going to fill you up for the night, you must order wisely or go somewhere else.
Another tip – I’ve found Max Londons to be pretty solid with their specials of the night. You must be willing to accept different flavors than you’re used to though, because they certainly don’t serve the run of the mill, generic food.