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168 Ifield Rd. Send to Phone
020-7835 0874

Lunch Tues.-Fri., Dinner Tues.-Sat.
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Reservations suggested

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Chez Max Restaurant Review

: Tucked away in Ifield Road, Chez Max has been ploughing a rather successful French hoe for years. It's in a cramped basement, reminiscent of 60s student days with its small wooden tables and chairs, and menus and wine lists on the walls. Owner Graham Thomson likes to explain the dishes in detail, so take your time and enjoy the home-baked olive oil bread, olives and good French (Charentais) butter while listening. This is classic French cooking, a tad old-fashioned perhaps, but done very well. A starter of risotto of wild mushrooms comes with a spicy roquette salad and shaved Parmesan; a foie gras and gibier terrine is suffused with truffles; duck is partnered by a boudin noir with a cèpe sauce. Desserts are rich and fulfilling, and the apple and Calvados crème brûlée a real killer. The wine list is predominantly French. Prices are quite high, so it's a place for a lengthy evening meal, perhaps recalling past French meals in Paris, or to judge from the well-heeled clientele, in that wonderful little restaurant somewhere in the Dordogne. Set meals 2 courses £23.50, 3 courses £27.50.


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