• Maya Tequila Bar & Grill

74 Toorak Rd
South Yarra, 3141
03 9866 8836

I am skeptical about Mexican restaurants in Melbourne, but Maya's was surprisingly pleasant.

My friend and I had wanted an early dinner near South Yarra station and this was perfect. What better way to catch-up than over a glass of Spanish Tempranillo and some Mexican fare.

The wine was Telmo Rodriguez Tempranillo from D.O. Toro Spain. It smelt sweet and dusty with very slight acid, tannins and earthy flavours.

To begin, the friendly waiter brought out some corn chips and a salsa of diced tomatoes, red onion and chili with a vinegar dressing.

The vegetarian options were limited. The Cilantro Corn had just the right amount of garlic butter – enough to make it moist but not enough to make it too oily. We followed this with fajitas. The toppings were fairly standard with cheese, tomato rice, salsa and sour cream, but the accompanying veggies were char grilled with BBQ flavors seeping through.

There is no dessert menu, but they can make some on request - Soppapillas – try saying that ten times fast. Basically they get tortillas, cover them in cinnamon and fry them. They were served in an impressive looking stack with ice-cream, chili, cinnamon and berries. It was a different and refreshing mix of flavours.

The overall experience was casual and relaxing, nice for a mid-week dinner and possibly for cocktails and a snack later on.

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