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“It's all about the flavour!”
Review of MAX Amsterdam

MAX Amsterdam
Ranked #37 of 3,853 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $56 - $67
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Description: Open only for dinner, starting at 6pm. Adventurous food in a Cosmopolitan relaxed setting, located in the heart of Amsterdam's most beautiful canal area. MAX is a place to explore a new International cuisine with the additional flavours of MamaMax' traditional Indonesian home cooking. No nonsene good food, fresh and sparkling spiced. Forget the Michellin star's copies on your plate but enjoy simply our well cooked classics with a new creatieve touch. Guests minded and friendly service. MAX has a short uncomplicated interesting wine list, excellence wines for reasonable prices. Seperate open room for function up 20 persons. Mondays open on request for business groups.
Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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“It's all about the flavour!”
Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

Popular restaurant, lovely area, amazing flavours. The food really is the star here, the restaurant itself is nothing to write home about - simple with no frills. The service too was fine but again nothing to write home about, we were not left wanting but neither were we bowled over. It was only when we tasted the food that we realised what all the fuss was about - unusual and exciting flavours and spoilt for choice on the unusual and unfussy menu. Make sure you book or you may be disappointed.

Visited January 2014
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MaxLumankun, Owner at MAX Amsterdam, responded to this review, January 11, 2014
Thank you for taking your time to write about us and glad to let us know that you enjoyed our food we really appreciate this even that the restaurant might be a bit too no nonsens for you.
We try to keep our food a bit different, classic but creative, Indonesian with a twist of International cuisine. Modern but still well prepared. We also give a no nonsens service, we try to be fast and friendly and everyone is willing to help their guests. During the weekends it's busy and livelier. Make a reservation to get a table or drop by early in the evening without reservation.
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Frome, United Kingdom
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“Highly recommend...”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

We booked online from the UK. Although we wanted to eat on Christmas Day, Max replied immediately to say that they were closed, but open on the 26th. We booked, we arrived... and we were not disappointed. 'Max' is a relaxed, stylish and unpretentious restaurant with an uncluttered menu. A great fusion of Indonesian and European flavours. Spicy but not overpowering. Be sure to book as people were queuing outside in a bid to grab a table.

  • Visited January 2014
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London
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54 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Wonderful Max!”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

We were only in Amsterdam for three nights and we chose to eat at Max on the first night because of the amazing revues on Tripadvisor. We loved it so much that we returned for our last night! The restaurant is the opposite of 'big deal' and when you meet Max you understand why. The atmosphere is lively and friendly and the food is great. We had the Indonesian tasting menu the first time and then let Max sort out our menu the second time. Both excellent. We just wish we had a Max in London!

  • Visited December 2013
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MaxLumankun, Owner at MAX Amsterdam, responded to this review, January 11, 2014
Thank you for coming 2 times at MAX restaurant during your short stay. Thank you again.
You experienced the 2 different kind of our cuisine and glad to know that you enjoyed both of them well.
Let's say: maybe next year again :-)
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Warwick, England
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“Well deserving of its great reviews”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

Dined at Max just before Christmas, as a family of 5. The reception on arrival was excellent and 3 of us went with the recommendation of the Indonesian tasting menu. Flavours were exceptional and the presentation was excellent. Having never eaten Indonesian before, it's something we would certainly recommend. The restaurant was very accommodating of our 10 year old and all through the meal the service was outstanding. At the end of the evening, the chef came and introduced himself, which was a nice touch. Would definitely recommend a visit to MAX. Great service, excellent food and we felt, great value.

  • Visited December 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Fine restaurant”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

This one was right next to where we were staying (Maes B&B) and we had a couple of meals here. The food was nice but the portions could have been larger. Service could have been better too. That said, we really liked the ambiance

Visited February 2013
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MaxLumankun, Owner at MAX Amsterdam, responded to this review, January 11, 2014
Thank you for taking your time to review us and I'm sorry that MAX restaurant might not the best choice for you and that our portions were not large enough for you.
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