Sunday, March 14, 2010

Maxwell's at the (East Bank) Club

If you ever need an idea for a Friday night dinner, I highly recommend checking out the Italian/Pasta Buffet at Maxwell's located inside the East Bank Club. Full disclosure, I am a member of EBC and have close connections to people at the Club and love many aspects of the country's best health club. That being said, it doesn't change or affect my opinion about one of the best deals in town on a Friday night ($28/adults $12/children for all you can eat Italian antipasto and make-it-yourself pasta bar, plus dessert).

We started by ordering off the menu a small starter to have with our cocktails, ahi tuna bites. Nice little pieces of tuna served on tortilla with avocado, corn and salsa. I prefer my tuna rarer, but the flavors were all a nice way to start the meal and don't leave you feeling stuffed.



The Italian night features a make your own pasta bar, but that is not the only option. Next to the salads, cheese and salami starters you can dive into risotto, shrimp, or turkey. I love their Caesar salad, and the asparagus risotto was the best I've had in a long time. If you like your risotto well cooked cheesy you won't be able to stick to one helping. I added some pieces of salami and asparagus next to my Caesar to make a wonderful plate.



I was craving a healthy pasta dish with lots of veggies so I added everything available to whole wheat linguini. The three other pasta options included mushroom ravioli, zita and penne.


Watching my meal cook

I asked for basil pesto sauce, but there are other options such as tomato, plain olive oil and Alfredo. The chef made a great healthy plate for me without using too much oil or cheese. It is a health club after all. 


I enjoyed my creation so much that I could have gone back a couple of more times. I showed restraint, especially knowing the dessert course was around the corner. The options for the final course are gelato, sorbet or cannoli. I went with the sorbet, and it was a fantastic way to clean my palate and leave me refreshed at the end of the meal.


Again, I'm quite partial when it comes to all things EBC, but it's undisputed that a $28 Italian night dinner is great value for great food. Read more about it here or any other of nightly specials. Non-members are welcome so check it out before they realize it should cost more.

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