The line ups to eat at Max’s Restaurant in Dumaguete are long.
For the past couple of nights, Yvonne and I have tried to get a table at Max’s Restaurant in Dumaguete. We have been to the Max’s Restaurant in Cebu and, because this is the same chain, we knew what to expect on the menu. What we did not expect were half hour waits just to get a table.
This is Dumaguete. There are a lot of restaurants available for the size of the population. There is a lot of competition and Max’s enters the fray at the higher end of budget dining. Their complete chicken dinner, with soft drink and desert, is just under 300 pesos per person.
Yesterday evening we joined the line for tables at 7:30 pm. That seems to be peak hour and we would have had to wait a very long time, so we went to WhyNot instead. We have all heard the saying; “If you can’t say something nice then don’t say anything at all”. For that reason I chose not to do a review of WhyNot last night. If I was pressured to find something nice to say about WhyNot then I can point out that a lot of other people really seem to like it there.
So tonight we were determined to dine at Max’s Restaurant. We arrived at 5:45 to try and get ahead of the supper time rush. Dining before 6 pm works well at a lot of busy Dumaguete restaurants but it was not the case this time. There were already dozens of people lined up ahead of us, so we gave our name and resigned ourselves to waiting. 25 minutes later our name was called and our table was ready.
As I looked around the restaurant and the waiting throngs, I noticed there were no other foreigners. Perhaps all the others are too impatient to wait, or perhaps the others have found a better time to dine. We placed our order quickly and the food was served within 20 minutes. I have no complaints. The chicken was well cooked and the side dishes were pleasant. Its good value for the money, but since my time is important to me I shall wait until there is no line-up before going back.
Give them a try. They have a nice mix of food that will suit foreign palates as well as Philippine taste buds. And please leave a comment to tell us what you thought of Max’s Restaurant in Dumaguete.