I am a freelance writer born in Johannesburg now living in Melbourne. I love travelling and have lived in London and Taipei as well as travelling in and around South Africa. I have a great interest in exploring and love to share my finds with others.
Published June 3rd 2012
Maya Tequila Bar and Grill is an amazing revolution in contemporary Mexican cuisine. The restaurant is engaging and welcoming with dark brown wood floor and uniquely designed furniture and super friendly staff.
Maya's food centers on authentic Mexican cuisine with the flavour and the heat from gentle to quite fiery. The menu highlights Mexico's most famous Chiles including chipotle, guajillo, pasilla and habanero and the restaurants home made hot sauce should certainly be bottled and sold.
The menu can be enjoyed as a couple or group with a variety of tapas dishes available to try. Menu delights include Carpaccio style porterhouse with anchovy, capers and spring onion along with chili oil, Negro calamari charred in the pan with guaijillo and served with chipotle mayonnaise, Quesadillas or two 6 inch tortillas grilled with cheese, Tacos, and fajitas with your choice of vegetarian, beef, chicken, seafood or pork. Desserts showcase traditional Mexican churros con chocolate, the Spanish donuts with chocolate dipping sauce.
A set menu is also available with a taster of the above for $32 or $38 per person depending on the variety of choices chosen.
The wine list has a Latin flair with many varieties and beers coming from Mexico or Spain. The cocktail list has also been designed to compliment your food choices with delights including Margaritas with tastes of vanilla (Vanilla Margarita), chili syrup and pineapple (Caribbean Margarita), and a good shot of coffee (Diablito Espresso Martini). The bartenders at Maya well versed in the many premium tequilas available and recommend you try a sip either 'solo' or with Mayas signature sangrita.
My party of 8 was greeted with salsa and corn chips to start and then decided on a Tapas style dining experience with some dishes ordered to share and others for solo diners. Delights tasted included both Corn and Fish tacos both served on soft corn tortillas with cheese, black beans, lettuce and salsa, tasty Meatballs slow baked with chipotle sauce, Tender chicken wings marinated with a creamy chipotle, A large order of nachos baked with peppers and cheese, and fajitas with prawn and then beef.
The meal was extremely tasty and certainly the best Mexican in town, but portions for some dishes were certainly smaller. Greater value for money is to be had from items such as Tacos and the like.
Lovely service and a special shout out to the waiter keeping water glasses filled at all times.