Where is Maya? Maya Modern Mexican kitchen and lounge is at the Le Royal Meridien Beach resort & Spa by JBR.
When is the best time to go?
Brunch on Fridays and Saturdays, dinners or the lounge that opens at 5pm.
The Atmosphere: It was quiet on Saturday at 1pm, but I was told Friday is super crowded. I’ve also been there for a birthday at night, and it was definitely full. A dressier atmosphere for the evening, make sure to book in advance.
The Food: The food at Maya are things you’d have on the street in Mexico, but the prices are gourmet. The food is amazing, so it’s definitely worth it. For dinner and the lounge, everything is A la Carte but for Brunch – you have a set four course menu – everything on there is delicious with a variety of vegetarian, chicken, beef, and seafood. Brunch starts with Crispy corn tortillas before the starters with dips – the guacamole was one of the best I’ve bed – fresh, we had to order another serving of the chips. Moving on to the starters, Nachos Maya (layered with cheese and their special sauce) and Quesadillas to the salads course which included a BBQ chicken salad and scrambled eggs & sausage Quesadilla. When we thought we were ready for dessert, we moved on to the Main Course which included quite a variety – Rib eye steak fajitas, Caribbean lobster, Lamb chops, Seafood and cilantro rice.
The Dessert: Finally on to the dessert, and being a sweet tooth – my favorite meal of the day. Don’t ever leave Maya without ordering the Churros. Hands down, the best Churros I’ve ever had, and definitely the best in Dubai (the Mexicans also admitted that!) Sadly, it’s not on the brunch menu, but it’s on the a la carte one. For brunch, they serve a selection of fruits, banana caramel crepes and ice cream.
The Tequila Room:
The largest tequila room in the Middle East, where you can host a dinner in the Tequila room. Erick from Maya showed us around, and gave us a Tequila tasting session, showing the difference in taste by ages. Personally was impressed how the Tequila culture is just as important to the Mexicans as is the Wine culture in Europe.
Cost: AED350 for brunch and soft drinks & AED450 for brunch and alcoholic drinks. (The Tequila masterclass is not included, and requires booking.)
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