Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

THIS RESTAURANT HAS CHANGED NAMES MAX

13355 Ventura Blvd. (Woodman Ave.) Send to Phone
818-784-2915
This Cal-Asian menu is laden with multicultural diversity.
Your Opinion
Add your own review

Local Deals: 120 * 90

Cuisine
Open
Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly
Open late Fri.-Sat.
Features

* Click here for rating key

Dining room at THIS RESTAURANT HAS CHANGED NAMES MAX, Sherman Oaks, CA

THIS RESTAURANT HAS CHANGED NAMES MAX Restaurant Review

: Andre Guerrero, born in the Philippines, was a major force in the evolution of a California cuisine with Asian accents, now an L.A. staple. This restaurant, named after one of his sons, attracted a trendy Valley crowd since its debut in 2002. The chef-owner has now reinvented the place as a more casual concept, the kind of reasonably priced bistro one would feel comfortable returning to a couple times a week. Polished candlelit wood tables are spread throughout a livelier, less pretentious room with mustard and burgundy accents. A couple of cozy alcoves are fine for intimate dinners, while other tables spill out onto the sidewalk beneath a protective awning. After a good beginning of this reinvention, the kitchen has lost its edge. The menu has been noticeably abbreviated and the execution erratic. Starters include a salad loaded up with several varieties of roasted beets, topped with a golf ball-size goat cheese crouton. Another recommended appetizer, ideal for sharing, is a miniature crock of velvety chicken liver pâté flavored with truffles, served with toasted bread and house-pickled vegetables (cauliflower, onions, carrots) instead of cornichons. Among the Asian-inspired items are a quintet of miniature ahi towers for a starter and miso-glazed black cod served over shiitake mushrooms and sugar snap peas for a main course. A Cambozola-topped burger that ranks among the Valley’s best is served with crispy fries and a sweet homemade ketchup.

User Ratings & Reviews for THIS RESTAURANT HAS CHANGED NAMES MAX
 
Los Angeles Area Top 10 Restaurant Lists
Discover the best restaurants in LA

Discover the top restaurants in Los Angeles for various cuisines and categories like sushi, steakhouses, pizza, happy hours, romantic dining and even gourmet food trucks.

Find the best restaurants in LA here!




RESTAURANT AWARDS 2014

Check out the 2014 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue, which features the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., Rising Chefs and more.