Maximilian’s Garden

By Max Jacobson

Chef Laszlo in front of Maximillian’s Garden.

The cuisine of Central Europe has little exposure in Greater Los Angeles, but the new popularity of Austrian and Hungarian wines is making it a most attractive alternative to conventional dining.

What we have is Maximilian’s Garden: a charming country house with a number of cozy rooms and tables, an abundance of flowers and soft lighting, set in an elegant garden on a quiet North Hollywood street. If the setting were more romantic, it would be illegal. The food, we must tell you, is magical.

Chef/owner Laszlo Bossanyi prepares wonderful fare from his native Hungary, which has a rich tradition of dishes such as libamai or foie gras — its better known name — stuffed cabbage, Wiener schnitzel and wonderfully crisp potato pancakes.

Now, chef Laszlo is showcasing fine wines from Central Europe in his garden. He’s planning a gala Garden Party with complimentary dishes and wine on Wednesday, March 30 (from 5 p.m.—9 p.m.), an elegant candles and wine event featuring boutique wines from Austria such as Gruner Veltliner, Hungarian reds from Attila Gere, plus several German, Swiss and California wines.

Small plates will accompany the wine, which includes Hungarian cheese pate, Austrian ham, langos or garlic rubbed potato fritter and several surprises. Hungary’s legendary Tokaji dessert wine will be the co-star with a selection of sumptuous pastries and coffee.

If you can’t make the party, Saturday and Sunday Brunch is served in the garden every weekend from 11 a.m.—3 p.m. Maximilian’s Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday and closed on Monday.

Maximilian’s Garden is located at 11330 Weddington St. in North Hollywood. For more information or reservations, call (818) 760-1300.