568 Julu Lu
Maya is expensive. But it’s expected, since they’re a tapas place, and from our experience, tapas is always expensive around the world. The prices are up around Australian prices, which I consider extremely expensive in Shanghai (where $1 can get you a full meal). It’s very evidently catered only for expats, because virtually every face in there was a foreign face. The good news was that all the staff spoke fluent English and the menu was also in English, though I did wish they had photos of all the dishes because it’s Mexican-style tapas and I have very little knowledge of Mexican food (aside from good ‘ol tacos and the like).
I found most of the dishes very tasty, thoughtfully presented, and came out swiftly (I LOVE this in a restaurant). The portion sizes were miniscule, considering the price, so we weren’t very full at the end of the meal, yet still spent a pretty penny. It’s a shame, because if it was 30% cheaper, we would re-visit for sure.
Seated at our cozy little table
Homemade guacamole & chips – OUTSTANDING. But mindboggingly
expensive considering the tiny portion in the bowl.
Pork Empanadas with squid, mango and sour orange mojo –
basically like a pork curry puff. Loved it 🙂
Oxtail with.. something. Can’t remember but this was delicious,
the oxtail was so soft and tender
Spanish Chorizo with olives, parsley marinated mushrooms, tomato bread –
I’d actually assumed it would be thick slices of Chorizo cooked with garlic,
but this was not a bad alternative
Blackened Tilapia Fish Taco – delicious! The fish was tender and flavourful
Roast baby potatoes – a little hard, but ok
Beef quesadilla – adorably presented, but the cheese was so insanely salty
Roast Duck quesadilla with pepper jack, pickled onions, hoisin chipotle sauce
Just fantastic! Loved it. Too bad it was so tiny…