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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Broderick reports on Maxim Prime

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My friend Broderick Smylie, a foodie and fabulous photographer, files this report about his recent meal at Maxim Prime in the Glenn Hotel (110 Marietta St.):

I did go to Maxim Prime on Saturday for my birthday dinner with friends. On the whole, I had a very good meal. I had drinks on the rooftop (above), very relaxed in the early evening. The bar area was dark and gorgeous with music videos playing overhead. I guess that was the Maxim influence, with a Hooters-style server flirting with some guys near us. Loved the spiral staircase leading up to the second floor restaurant (quickly found the elevator upon leaving, though)

As for the food, I had the crispy crawfish, which was good. I eyed someone's "millionaire deviled eggs" (white/black truffle, sturgeon caviar, gold lead), which looked good. For the main course I had the Cuban "threesome," which consisted of bitter orange/tamarind/honey-marinated skirt steak; lobster tail mai tai; and plantain mofongo with scallions and chorizo (left photo, below).

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Loved the flavors in the skirt steak;the lobster tail was good. As a Jamaican who loves plantain, I found the mofongo a bit of a mess, I don't think you need to add a lot of crap to it to make mofongo taste good. I've never been to Cuba, but this certainly wouldn't fly in San Juan.

The best thing I ate there was the truffled cream corn. I'd go back just for that (right photo, above). The dessert I had was a chocolate-peanut butter concoction served in a martini glass: good stuff.

Ended the night back on the rooftop with hotel-bar prices, but the drinks were strong. It's a completely different vibe at night — loud music and all, and it was great.

(Photos by Broderick Smylie. See more here.)

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