Christmas Galas and New Year’s Dining

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‘Tis the time of year for shopping sprees, holiday parties and some serious planning for Christmas galas and New Year’s dining. Look no further…
The Valley is blessed with many commendable restaurants but none more inviting and proudly Euro-authentic than Maximilian’s Austrian Hungarian Restaurant, 11330 Weddington Street, at Tujunga in the NoHo Arts district where well-seasoned chef-owner Laszlo adds a personal touch to every classic dish served at lunch or dinner.
As a preview of his eloquent Christmas fare, Chef Laszlo is now featuring a luscious oven-roasted goose feast on his auspicious Austro-Hungarian lunch and dinner menu daily. It’s a treat to the eyes and, especially, to the palate. A mini-appetizer tray with a flavorful cheese spread, sausage and other succulent starters accompanies an irresistible basket (quickly replenished by genial server Andre) of French bread, followed by a zesty cucumber salad and a steamy cup of homemade soup du jour. On the traditional goose platter are red cabbage, mashed potatoes, stewed apples and more, presented with a tray of tempting garnishes. The gourmet meal climaxes with a chef’s sweet treat.
To be sure, the regular menu also prevails until Christmas Day (December 25th) when the sublime setting opens its royal gates to self-parking at 5 pm. Though the royal roast goose will reign supreme, other delicious multi-course entrées will include filet mignon, braised veal sirloin or roasted Monkfish Loin. Patrons on the Christmas occasion will decide between a three-course menu ($36) and the four-course menu ($46). Youngsters under 12 will Christmas dine for $16.
Some of Laszlo’s classic dishes will also be available à la carte on the holiday menu. (The Palate favors the Schnitzel.)
A quite different but equally festive menu will be served on New Year’s Eve at similar prices. Chef Laszlo is justly proud of his wide selection of imported vintages.
Don’t let the old year fade without a visit to this unique, elegantly appointed culinary palace. Maximilian’s welcomes reservations and inquiries.

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