If you are well versed in the foodie scene, chances are you have heard of The Maximillien – a restaurant located in the heart of Johannesburg, Sandton. This restaurant is styled on a New York bistro as inspiration was drawn from the world famous Balthazar restaurant in New York.

The Maximillien recently launched a new menu which was designed and executed by the restaurant’s Executive Chef, Sylvester Nair. An interesting fact about Executive Chef Sylvester is that his father is internationally renowned Chef Luke Nair. It is no wonder where he gets his culinary expertise from.

We were recently invited to try out this new menu, so on Monday night le bf and I took full advantage and called it a Date Night. It is not often date nights happen on a Monday night, you know!

These are some of the dishes we tried off the new menu …

mussel and clam pot

pan-fried buttermilk squid tentacles

norwegian salmon poached in coconut cream

200g aged wagyu beef fillet

passion fruit tart

chocolate dome

As you can see we enjoyed a total feast and each dish was absolutely perfect. The two that stood out for me though were the mussel and clam pot and the chocolate dome, obviously. I have the sweetest tooth so this was a real absolute treat. Homemade ice cream, chocolate fondant and caramel sauce – what more can a chocoholic like myself ask for?

What I loved most about the evening, besides for the food, was the ambiance of the restaurant. Dark wood, dim lights and a piano playing in the background. I honestly don’t think you can get any more romantic.

I am really excited to head back and enjoy another totally romantic and utterly delicious dinner.

Need to know:

Every Thursday night, Maximillien hosts a date night. You pay R400 per couple, which includes a starter and main each, a chocolate dome to share, and a bottle of the house wine. So if you’re looking to spoil your loved one, this is the ultimate date night dinner.

More info here.

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