Nestled in the bustling San Gabriel Valley, this region of Southern California boasts perhaps one of the most diverse collections of cuisine in the country. One of these cuisines is perhaps distinctively what’s known as Hong Kong style. It’s roughly a combination of what is seen as “Western” as well as Chinese cuisine. Maxim café is one of many of the Hong Kong style cafes in the area but it brings something definitely different to the table as well as strengthening the standards already present.
The café is conveniently located in one of the larger Chinese communities, in the city of Rowland Heights. To further take advantage of its location, the café is very close to two large commercial plazas on Gale Avenue. The close proximity of the City of Industry branch of the 99 Ranch Market always brings in to the restaurant a steady of both family groups as well as young people. Maxim Café is in its own building away from the main plaza so that parking is not at all a problem.
The café itself is well decorated, both on the inside as well as the outside. Walking into the building, it is not bright enough to be too conspicuous but just perfect for the situation. While there aren’t that many waitresses or waiters, they are all very efficient and move around both easily and quickly. One of my favorite things about Hong Kong style cafes is that they serve a very large collection of drinks and beverages. This sets the style apart nicely from most Western as well as more traditional Chinese dining places.
From every type of imaginable smoothies to the simple lemonade, my personal favorite drink is the drink called “Red Bean Ice.” It’s basically a drink where there is a great amount of red bean mixed with some sweet milk along with ice. Mashed up all together, it makes for a delicious drink although it is also very filling.
Of course, the drinks mean little if the meals are not up to standards. The meals are both very filling and very affordable. Admittedly, they are rather cheap in comparison. That does not mean that the quality or the quantity of the food has decreased at all. On the contraire, both the taste and the amount of the food are extraordinary. Just one simple order can fill you up. As a Hong Kong style café, they offer food from steaks to fried rice which offers any of their patrons the best of both worlds.
In addition, the café is open for most of the day up to around 3-4 AM on the weekends. This makes it absolutely perfect for young people who want to grab something to eat after a night out partying or just enjoying themselves.
Maxim Café is located on 18904 Gale Ave Rowland Heights, CA 91748-1333.