Both Vegas Seven and Las Vegas Weekly visited the new Filipino joint Max's Restaurant.
The menu here covers the "greatest hits" of cuisine from the Philippines. Max Jacobson at Vegas Seven says that most people here order the fried chicken. "For some, the chicken is dry, although I like the golden, shatteringly crunchy texture, and love the sauce," he says.
He says the lumpia Shanghai, "a delicious, bite-size version of the egg roll," and the garlic fried rice are must orders. Save room for halo-halo, "a glass bowl you'd use for an ice cream sundae, and then substitute purple yam ice cream, young coconut and multicolored cubes of jelly, then throw in a little flan or egg custard, lots of shaved ice and, presto, you've got it." [VS]
Brock Radke at Las Vegas Weekly says the food tastes like "a funked-up version of Hawaiian food." He recommends trying the lechon kawali pork belly and pancit canton. [LVW]
HKR went to the new Stewart + Ogden at the Downtown Grand and gives it an overall B+. As she is wont to do, she visited once during lunch so she couldn't divulge the difference between it being a diner by day and bistro by night. She didn't like the unexpected heat in the Cubana sandwich but did call the food there "creative, mostly well-prepared." [LVRJ]
CityLife heads to the practically brand new Toros Spanish Kitchen & Gaming. "It's had the benefit of a surprisingly well put together menu." [CL]
Max's Restaurant [Photo: Bradley Martin]