Maximillien has a new menu to go test...
What Chef Sylvester Nair has christened, the Balthazar, Ala Carte Menu has a great variety of meals on there to keep you warm this & satisfied this winter. It's no lie that I love going to the Maximillien for a night out. I mean, can you blame me, just look at what it looks like when you are sitting there in the evening.
Let's kick it off with some of my favourite starters.
|Wagyu Beef Tartare|
Served with a pan-fried cos lettuce & whipped egg. Simple & elegant plating is always a winner.
This white fish is served with lime & dill candy for some added texture.
Plated with red onion, zucchini & wild mushroom rösti & topped off with cultured cream.
Naturally there is always good wine flowing at the table. Tonight I opted for the Cederberg Sustainable Rose & the Anthonij Rupert Optima.
By now you know me well enough that I am always one to test out a few of the mains to make sure I can let you know of the best options & my personal favourites on the menu.
|Pan-fried Buttermilk Squid Tentacles|
|Line Fish of the Day - Sea Bass, Pan-Fried or Grilled|
A plate with caramelised onion, grilled artichoke, green peas, fennel mousse & a red wine jus.
|Cajun Confit Quail|
Black Jasmine rice, wild tomato, lightly pickled berries & nasturtium leaves.
|Braised Lamb Neck|
A plate filled with root vegetable textures & herbed polenta.
|Sole En Pappilote|
Naturally dessert is my favourite part of any dinner. Here Pastry Chef David brings out the guns blazing & surprises you every time.
|Brie White Chocolate Volcano|
Flambèed Orange topped on a Parmesan shortbread with a thyme parfait & a black pepper foam.
|Passion Fruit Tart|
Finished off with Raspberry gel, Almond dust, Kiwi Fruit Leather & Seasonal Berries.
I must say, just writing this, has made me hungry & I think I need to pop in at the Maximillien Restaurant at the Da Vinci Hotel in Sandton this weekend for a bite to eat.
Chef Sylvester definitely has outdone himself with the prep on this menu & I must give him 2 thumbs up for a great culinary experience that you will have if you go give them a try. This new menu has a few more surprises that I won't go spoiling, you should go check it out for yourself.