6 Bingley St, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1LX
- Tel: 0113 244 0552
Maxi's is a 'must visit' restaurant!
13/03/2011 by ChrisCTT
Maxi’s is an excellent Cantonese restaurant. I have been dining here for around fifteen years and cannot really think of any occasion when i have been disappointed. If you have not been to Maxi’s I would definitely recommend you try it. The restaurant itself is decorated in a fairly traditional style with lots of warm reds, golds and Chinese imagery. There is not an excess of natural light at Maxi’s but, to be honest, I think this adds more to the feel of the place than it takes away. I like the ambiance of Maxi's; it is relaxed dining and there is a good mix of Chinese and non-Chinese. I have always found staff to be very professional, polite and welcoming. From the perspective of someone without Children, Maxi’s seems a family friendly restaurant, there are always plenty of children when I have been (usually Lunch time). The menu is fairly extensive but, whatever you decide to order, it is hard to go wrong. The dim sum at Maxi’s is very tasty and there is a fairly good selection. I would recommend the Prawn & Pork Dumpling (Siu Mai) and the Char Siu Baau (white bun filled with a Chinese-style roast pork - char siu) if you are not too familiar with anything. The siu mai is deliciously moist with quite a unique texture while the Char Siu Baau is just another excuse to eat more char siu. In terms of main courses, my favourite is probably ‘duck with char siu’. The roast duck has crisp skin, a thin layer of flavourful fat and meat itself is not so overpowering and usually very tender. I also like the prawn with mixed vegetable, their chow mien and anything with black bean. Like many Chinese restaurants, you can be in and out fairly quickly. This has it’s advantages (if you were heading to the Vue at Kirkstall, for example) but if you are ‘going out for a meal’ you might want to bare in mind food arrives quickly. You can ask for ‘5 more minutes’ when ordering food and try order Dim Sum as a ‘starter’ (you can ask for everything to be brought together). I have never been rushed out the door here either, you could always just relax afterward and finish off your pot of jasmine tea. In terms of price, Maxi’s is by no means ‘expensive’ but it is not most wallet friendly of Chinese restaurants. I think the quality of the food justifies paying a little more though and I have found nowhere that can beat Maxi’s for Cantonese food in Leeds. That must be why I keep going back!Report this
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