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[Shanghai] Maya

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Add: 2/F, Club House, Shanghai Grand Plaza, 568 Julu Lu 巨鹿路568号四方新城俱乐部2楼
Tel: 6289 6889
Hours: [Mon-Fri] 5pm-12am [Sat-Sun] 11am-12am
Price: [sinner] 200~250 RMB/person [brunch] 80~150 RMB/person
Visited: Mar 2011

Huevos! Brunch at Maya is all about the eggs, “happy farm-grown free range eggs”, as highlighted on their menu. Having little knowledge of Mexican food, I am no judge for whether Maya is authentic or not, but it certainly isn’t your typical Mexican joint around the corner. Call it fusion, or traditional with a modern twist, Maya is an upscale restaurant serving refined mexi-Cali dishes. Breakfast burrito, papas con huevos, Mexican omelet, huevos con carne, baked frittata…all under 50 RMB.

We started off with a delicious bowl of homemade guacamole with chips (50 RMB). There’s no other way to begin a meal at Maya.

We tried four different egg dishes, and our favorite was the Pan de Maiz Huevos Benedictos (50 RMB), poached runny eggs over chorizo with a corn muffin and red pepper Hollandaise. Totally satisfying. 

Unfortunately the egg dishes went downhill from there. The Huevos Divorciados (45 RMB), served with green and red salsa, refried beans, cheese quesadilla, sour cream salsa, was just alright.

Maya’s Breakfast Burrito (50 RMB), a tortilla wrapping chorizo, eggs, and roasted potatoes topped with salsa and cheddar cheese, was said to be quite bland.

The Mexican Omelet (45 RMB) with roasted peppers, potatoes, caramelized onions, topped with guacamole, was another decent but unmemorable dish.

What would a meal at Maya be without their fantastic churros (50 RMB)? Fried crispy on the outside and sensually softon the inside, the churros are the lightest, airiest I’ve tasted. Dip them in one, two, or all three of the accompanying  sauces – chocolate, whipped cream, strawberry – and there’s the perfect ending to an otherwise mediocre brunch.

Though the egg dishes are a bit of a disappointment, the guacamole and the churros made the trip worthwhile. There are also other tempting items on the menu like deluxe avocado ice-cream smoothie and crispy potato skins stuffed with chorizo, cheddar cheese and sour cream that will lure me back again. See brunch menu here and dinner menu here.

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March 4th, 2011 at 7:39 pm