Maya , Indian Fine Dining with a View
Situated on the 29th floor of the Holiday Inn Sukhumvit 22, Maya boasted “the largest cantilevered restaurant in Thailand” as the restaurant is “floating 20 meters out from the main building”. Maya has three main areas: Khāna – the restaurant, Sigāra- outdoor cigar lounge, and Bāra – the bar. The architectural feat is surely impressive and the interior décor is quite warm and cozy but what about its food?
Maya Holiday Inn Sukhumvit 22 360 Virtual Tour
For the evening we started with Maya’s signature drink: tamarind margarita, a nice kick of triple sec and tequila, very refreshing.
While waiting for our food, Michel Lynch Sauvignon Blanc by the glass (250 baht)
Our snacks: papadum with assortment of chutneys.
Our first item, Raan E Maya, baby leg of lamb steeped in rum and Maya house-blend marinade, slow cooked in tandoor (half leg 900 baht). The spice toned down the lamb scent very well and the meat was very tender and still juicy.
Paired with Danzante Toscana Rosso, also by the glass (250 baht)
Warm garlic naan (80 baht) was soft and fluffy. It paired well with the food we ordered for the evening. Dal Maya (250 baht), black lentils simmered overnight with tomatoes and garlic, finished with churned butter. This was very rich and tasty curry as we expected in Indian cuisine.
Kekda Kaali Mirch (550 baht), soft-shell crab dusted with black pepper, cooked in an onion and tomato reduction. This dry curry was tasty. It was also the spiciest of all the dishes we ordered. We definitely need naan with it.
The last of our main course was another lamb dish and our favorite dish for the evening. Nali Rogan Josh (525 baht), Kashmiri-style whole lamb shank cooked overnight in fennel and ginger curry. The lamb was very tender and the sauce had a very delicate taste.
For desserts, we ordered Malai Pista Kulfi (180 baht), Maya’s creamy saffron pistachio ice-cream served with vermicelli in saffron.
The ice cream was tasty, very rich and dense, almost like cold cheese.
Maya Shrikhand (160 baht), four shooters of home-made yogurt; mango, blueberry, almond and pistachio rose . Our favorite was pistachio rose.
Maya is well lit space for Indian cuisine to shine in a vibrant city like Bangkok. For an Indian restaurant, the ambiance is truly one of the best. The food is traditional Indian carefully prepared by the Indian chef, sometimes with a twist of new ingredients that makes it more interesting. Like the soft-shell crab Kekda Kaali Mirch, or the salmon Tika. Even at it’s first few month of opening Maya do maintain to have many customers even on the week days. The addition of Maya to Bangkok food scene certainly has made Indian cuisine more interesting.
Opens: 17.00 pm. to 1.00 am.
For more details: Call +66 (0) 2683 4888 or visit Website: http://mayathailand.com